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Litecontrol Corporation
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In Partnership With:  IBEW

Illuminating the path to a green future through cooperation and innovation

At a Glance

Founded in 1936, Litecontrol is a leader in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of innovative, high-quality architectural lighting systems.

Headquarters
Hanson, MA

Website
www.litecontrol.com

Industry
Lighting Equipment

Union Employees
108 electrical workers

Annual Revenues
$45 million

Outlets
Two manufacturing and training facilities in MA

“Employee Owned, Customer Driven” is the motto of Litecontrol, an architectural lighting company based in Massachusetts. Its workers have both a literal stake in the company—through an Employee Stock Option Plan—and a voice on the job through their union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

Founded in Boston in 1936, and now located in Hanson and Plympton, MA, Litecontrol produces energy-efficient lighting systems for office buildings, schools, hospitals, and libraries. Fully employee-owned since 2007, Litecontrol’s empowering mission is to “enable employees to share in the success they help create.”

In addition to producing energy-efficient systems, Litecontrol minimizes its environmental footprint through sustainable manufacturing practices. Its factories recycle rinse water, use less toxic paint, recycle scrap steel and aluminum, and use efficient heating, lighting, and waste systems. The company has also eliminated toxic PVC plastic from its fixture wiring—the first lighting company to do so—and all of its marketing material is printed on 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper. As a credit to its commitment to sustainability, Litecontrol’s products are the first architectural lighting fixtures to earn the Cradle to Cradle™ certification, the premiere benchmark in environmentally smart design.

Litecontrol is similarly dedicated when it comes to its labor practices, developed from a partnership of over 20 years with its workers’ union. Representatives from IBEW Local 1499 say “the union has a good rapport with management… that’s primarily due to the foundation we’ve laid together of mutual respect, trust, and honesty.” The company likewise cites trust and mutual respect as the basis of its healthy relationship with its workers’ union, and points to its low turnover rate of approximately three percent as evidence of the good working environment this relationship creates. Besides the Employee Stock Option Plan, the workers’ contract provides fair wages, healthcare benefits, and retirement security.

Management and the union also collaborate to provide advanced training initiatives for workers on sustainability and manufacturing concepts. At Litecontrol, sustainable manufacturing and labor-management cooperation have illuminated its path to success. This responsible employer is a beacon of business-savvy and forward-thinking policy.

 
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