WAC celebrates 25th Anniversary

GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK –WAC Lighting General Manager and Vice President Shelley Wang has announced that the firm is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2009. WAC Lighting is a leading manufacturer and designer of track, recessed, undercabinet, monorail and decorative lighting.

During the past 25 years, WAC Lighting has developed a stellar reputation for high quality decorative and task lighting lines. The firm’s extensive product line is supported by superlative customer service, including an unprecedented shipping record with most orders shipping within 48 hours. Most recently WAC has extended its Product Warranty to Five Years.

The firm’s roots date back to 1984 when WAC Lighting was founded by Mr. Tony Wang, and his wife, Tai Wang, in Forest Hills, New York. At the beginning, the firm marketed portable lamps at a variety of trade shows across the United States. As the company grew, the firm moved its main offices to College Point, New York in April of 1985.

As its line evolved, WAC began to introduce track fixtures and recessed trims and housings.. The firm gradually shifted into the task lighting segment of the industry.

In January of 1993, the firm developed a national sales force and began a string of a dozen consecutive years of 20 percent annual increases. The firm opened a showroom in the Dallas Market Center and became a major supplier of track and recessed lighting.

In 1994, the firm produced and distributed its very first comprehensive bound catalog, introducing a complete line of low voltage tracks and track fixtures, as well as recessed trims and housings.

During the summer of 1997, the firm branched out to the western region of the US to better service its distributors. WAC Lighting opened west coast offices and distribution facilities in City of Industry, California, just outside of Los Angeles. During that same year, Ernst & Young and Chase Manhattan Bank nominated Co-Founder/President Tony Wang for Entrepreneur of the Year. In June the firm opened a 250,000 Square-Foot Facilities in Dongguan, China. Two years later the manufacturing facility achieved ISO-9001 Certification Status, ensuring top quality products, manufacturing and operations.

During the following summer (1998), the firm relocated its corporate headquarters to 615 South Street in Garden City, New York, where its main offices remain today. Last year (2008), WAC doubled the size of its corporate offices and east coast distribution center to meet current demands.

At the 1999 International Winter Lighting Market, WAC moved to a new showroom in the Dallas Market Center on the third floor of The Trade Mart. The showroom offers over 2,000 square feet of display space for the firm’s ever-expanding product line.

In 2002, WAC relocated its west coast offices and distribution center to a larger facility in City of Industry, Calif. (Los Angeles).

In 2004 Shelley Wang, daughter of Tony and Tai Wang, would join the firm. Two years later, Ms. Wang would be appointed to General Manager and today serves as both GM and VP of the company. During that year, WAC continued to compile a large number of accolades and honors including ADEX Awards for its Low Voltage Monorail System and Quick Connect Pendants. The ADEX is an Award for Design Excellence, presented by Design Journal Magazine.

In 2006, WAC established W2 Architectural Lighting as a new resource of specification grade products for the commercial and specification markets. Since then, W2 created an extensive package of products and literature, as well as a North American sales force. During that same year, WAC received additional ADEX Awards for Counter Balance Adjustables, Crystal Beauty Spots and Miniature Recessed Downlights.

In 2007 WAC celebrated its relocation to a brand-new 4,000 square-foot showroom in the New Wing of The Dallas Trade Mart. Co-Founder/Vice President Tai Wang would be acknowledged for her many civic activities including the Humanitarian Award from Rotary International and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. During that same year, WAC would win ADEX Awards for Premier and Adjustable Track Heads, Quick Connect Pendants, and Low Voltage Adjustable Track Spots. In October WAC opened a 750,000 square-foot, ISO 9001-Certified Manufacturing Campus in Dongguan, China, where nearly 90% of its products are fabricated. The state of the art manufacturing campus has tripled the size of its previous factory (which was in operation for 10 years) and employs a staff of 2500 at full capacity. The latest technologies are employed in the production and assembly of the complete line including: die-casting; plastic extrusion; injection molding; CNC lathe and metal punching; moldmaking; spinning; lead-free SMT electronic production; and automated powdercoating.

To reflect the firm’s extensive efforts to support Green energy saving strategies, WAC has been practicing Responsible Lighting. Last year, the firm upgraded its logo and website to reflect these efforts. The company is developing sustainable lighting with the most energy efficient technologies available, along with quality materials, artisanship, and processes. A UL-Certified Product Test Lab offers a full range of testing capabilities to meet the highest quality standards for product endurance, durability, reliability, temperature, electrical componentry, lamp and luminaire performance, photometrics, and mechanical safety. An Application, Showroom and Training Center offers displays of the complete product line. The firm employs stringent sourcing, water recycling, lead-free and zero-landfill capabilities in its wholly owned, clean manufacturing campus.

Innovative and integrated systems technologies are hallmarks of the WAC Lighting product line, which has introduced sustainable CFL and LED lighting products featuring the most energy efficient technology available. InvisiLED tape light, LED Display and Track Luminaires offer energy-saving display and accent lighting solutions and use the latest LED technology. Modernism is a new collection of large-scale energy saving luminaires, crafted with hand-blown opal glass. The new DUORAIL features the smallest 2-circuit rail profile in the industry. The firm has also introduced Bronze and Brushed Nickel finishes in its track and track fixtures.

Today WAC Lighting offers a comprehensive product line of track, recessed, decorative, monorail and undercabinet lighting products: stunning art glass pendants; Low and Line Voltage Track Systems; Line and Low Voltage Recessed Downlights; Line and Low-Voltage Single and Two-Circuit Monorail Systems; Crystal Beauty Spots; Wall Sconces; Monopoints; Multipoints; Counter Balance Adjustables; SMART Transformers; Button Lights; and other specialty lighting products.

For more information, please contact WAC Lighting. The phone is 1.800.526.2588, and the fax is 1.800.526.2585. The email address is info@waclighting.com and the website is www.waclighting.com.

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