mingle and network at Stay-Lite Lighting's 45th anniversary
celebration on Thursday.
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OF PEWAUKEE - On Thursday, Stay-Lite Lighting, a lighting company
headquartered in the city, celebrated its 45th anniversary as well
as a 240 percent increase in growth over the last four years.
Lighting is a Wisconsin- based company that provides lighting and
electrical solutions for commercial, industrial and retail
businesses. Strategic acquisitions and partnerships have allowed
Stay-Lite to expand its reach to nearly every corner of the
company now has four brick-and-mortar locations: The City of
Pewaukee, Appleton, Detroit and Cleveland. In addition to these
sites, the company has 11 satellite facilities and partners that
allow the company to service over 10,000 customers in 49 states.
the past year, the company expanded its City of Pewaukee facility
by 50 percent, became an electrical contractor in Minnesota and
extended its self-perform regions to include Minnesota, New York,
New Jersey and Indiana for a total of 14 states, according to the
Professional Lighting and Sign Management Companies of America, a
national alliance of independently owned service providers, and
The International Association of Lightning Management Companies
also enable Stay-Lite to service additional regional and national
clients, according to a press release.
addition to Stay-Lite’s dramatic growth, the company is a
three-time winner of the MMAC Future 50 Award as well as a
three-time winner of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Fastest
Growing Firms Award.
Thursday, Stay-Lite Lighting celebrated its 45th anniversary
as well as a 240 percent increase in growth over the last
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driving economic growth
the top of a scissor lift, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch gave a
speech on Thursday that included a commendation on behalf of
Governor Scott Walker. Kleefisch referred to Stay-Lite employees
as “diamonds,” saying they must be “gem quality” for a
company to have operated for 45 years.
lieutenant governor, that makes me proud,” said Kleefisch.
“But as a consumer and a mom, it makes me even more proud
because you make us all look good in the Kohl’s dressing
80 employees across 14 states, Stay-Lite President Kirk Tuson said
he attributes company growth to the talented team of employees
that keep customers coming back.
truly admire the Stay-Lite employees,” said Tuson. “They come
to work every day charged and motivated to exceed the customers’
expectations. They treat each other with respect kindness and
humor all while ensuring Stay-Lite continues to grow and is
County Executive Paul Farrow said it is the small businesses, the
startups and the companies like Stay-Lite that drive economic
growth in Waukesha County.
you look at Waukesha County and what it provides, we are the third
largest economic-wise in the state of Wisconsin,” said Farrow.
“We’re the second largest when you look at counties in this
expressed confidence in the economic expansion of Wisconsin but
more specifically Waukesha County in the coming years, especially
in the wake of the Foxconn deal.
Farrow called the deal an “injection on steroids” and “a
catalyst for growth” even in Waukesha County.
been talking to commercial land owners that are now getting phone
calls from competitive firms of Foxconn looking to see what they
can do here,” said Farrow. “Where they go, they know the
technology is going to be there.”
of skilled-trade workers
said he has heard that the workforce in Wisconsin has skills
Foxconn hasn’t seen in other areas. However, he admitted this
was a blessing and a curse because there is still a need for
laborers in the field of skilled trades, which can be a hurtle
even for successful companies like Stay-Lite.
expansion and growth has led us to a need for quality workers and
talent,” said Tuson. “Especially recently, the biggest
finding enough skilled-trade
the search for skilled trade workers may be in motion as the
Waukesha County Center For Growth’s workforce development
programs take effect. Center For Growth Director Tim Casey said
200 students from Waukesha and Milwaukee county high schools
visited the Menomonee Falls Fox Meadow Parade of Homes for a tour
of the jobsites and “trade talks.” Casey also said that
“Schools2Skills” is another program the center offers that
connects potential employees with companies seeking skilled trade
workers in manufacturing.
emphasized that the growth of a business is ultimately a
result of the relationships built within its workforce.