August 28, 2023
[Updated] Lumax Lighting Closes its Doors after 47 Years
Maker of “Great American Lighting Fixtures” goes out of business
ALTOONA, PA — Lumax Lighting, a commercial and industrial general lighting fixture maker, announced the permanent closure of its operations on Monday, August 28, 2023. Founded in 1976, the Altoona-based firm had been an longtime, but small, presence in the lighting industry, supplying lighting products under the motto "Great American Lighting Fixtures Since 1976."
The abrupt closure may have left some customers in a lurch, as Lumax Lighting declared that no new purchase orders will be accepted. Furthermore, existing orders that remained unshipped as of Friday, August 25, 2023, will not be fulfilled.
In an official notice sent to its business associates on Monday morning, the company stated:
Lumax Lighting has closed operations effective Monday, August 28, 2023 on a permanent basis. No new purchase orders will be accepted and current orders that have not shipped as of Friday, August 25, 2023 will not be able to be fulfilled. A small staff will remain to finalize accounting operations, including final commissions owed to sales agencies on orders shipped through August 25, 2023. We are appreciative to those of you who have supported Lumax over the years and regret any issues or problems this announcement may cause.
Janel Long, CEO of Lumax Industries shared the following statement with us:
"After 47 years of manufacturing American-made lighting fixtures, we are closing. We are proud to have been able to provide skilled labor jobs for hundreds of employees over the years. We have produced hundreds of thousands of lighting fixtures that now illuminate commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Our family, the Snyder family, wants to say thank you to all of those with whom we have crossed paths over the years. Those memories and relationships will never be forgotten."
We communicated with numerous lighting agents representing the brand and none expressed significant surprise about the shutdown. As a credit to the brand, the agents reported no major warning signs about financial distress and said they had not faced significant commission payment issues or major customer service issues.
Editor’s Note: Lumax Lighting, the subject of this article, is not affiliated with Lumux Lighting, a privately owned California maker of outdoor architectural lighting products.
This article was updated on August 29 to include the Altoona Mirror report via X embed.