Efficiency drives Leviton Lighting growth
By Erik Siemers, Business Journal Staff Writer
Business Journal Staff Writer
Leviton Lighting Management Systems employs 150 people in Tualatin and would like to hire more. It just doesn't have the room, despite having its work force spread across two locations.
So Leviton, which specializes in control systems that help reduce energy use in commercial buildings, is on the hunt for a new 100,000-square-foot manufacturing center.
The company is a division of Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc., a century-old privately held manufacturer of electrical wiring devices based in Melville, N.Y.
Neither officials with the parent company or the Tualatin business unit would provide financial details for the company, including revenue. But the company's hunt for a new Tualatin plant is driven in part by efforts to take advantage of opportunities in a fast-growing market for energy management systems.
Though it also makes architectural and theatrical lighting systems, Leviton Lighting Management Systems' core business is developing and manufacturing energy-saving lighting efficiency devices.
That includes occupancy sensors that turn off the lights when a room is empty and light-detection devices that dim artificial light sources when natural light is present.
The U.S. market for energy management systems used in commercial buildings is expected to grow by nearly $8 billion by 2020 to more than $45 billion, according to a study released late last year by Boulder, Colo.-based Pike Research.
Though most of that comes from technology aimed at heating and cooling systems — a commercial building's biggest energy hog — the market for lighting systems is expected to grow at a faster pace, said Mike Wapner, a senior analyst with Pike Research who specializes in building efficiency markets.
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