After nearly 20 years in Rancho Dominguez, CA, Strand Lighting has a new facility twelve miles down the road in Cypress, CA. "The old building did not meet our needs and was not suitable for the type of high-tech assembly and manufacturing we do now as compared to twenty years ago when we moved to the site in Rancho Dominguez," says Peter Rogers, global sales and marketing director for Strand Lighting. "The new building offers better office, training and presentation areas, as well as the new manufacturing areas. The new building is in an area were a wide range of high-tech manufacturers are located, such as Panasonic and others, so it is a better environment for our staff as well."

Strand’s California-based staff of seventy people will be housed in the new facility which includes warehouse space, manufacturing, and two floors of office space. The offices, as well as demo, meeting and training facilities, are fully networked into Strand's global operations. The manufacturing area also includes "clean" repair and test areas as well as custom-manufacturing work stations.

"We will build CD80 and SLD dimmer systems, SL spotlights (recently moved to the U.S.), distribution equipment (plugging boxes, plug strips, etc) and custom project-related items like Network racks, and stage manager panels for all North and South American projects," explains Rogers.

Phil O’Donnell, CEO of Strand Lighting worldwide, adds, "We have wanted to upgrade our facilities in North America for some time and we looked extensively around the LA area to identify a suitable facility. The new building meets all of our requirements for a strong manufacturing and sales operation for this market."

The design of Strand’s new building is also energy-efficient. "Even the manufacturing area is fully insulated with the latest in heating and cooling systems," notes Rogers. "This is essential in California these days."

Strand Lighting's new address: 6603 Darin Way Cypress CA. 90630 Tel: 714 230 8200 Fax 714 899 0042 www.strandlight.com

In other Strand news, Barbara Brennan, president of Brennan Productions (brennanprod1@aol.com),has been named the new representative for the firm in Las Vegas and the state of Nevada. She will be working with Randy Pybas, Strand's western regional manager, on a variety of projects and also development. Her brother, Tim Brennan, heads up Martin Professional's Las Vegas office.