From humble beginnings producing transformers for government contracts from a 4th floor store-front operation in Chicago, company founders Lou Duman and Herschel Epstein manufactured the first fluorescent lamp ballast bearing the Advance name in 1945. The company grew rapidly over the subsequent decades, expanding its product line, increasing its manufacturing capacity, and laying claim to numerous patented innovations, including its “Mark 10™ Phase Controlled Dimming Fluorescent Ballast,” “ Xtenza ® Long-Range Ignitor,” “Automatic-Resetting Thermal Protector,” “DynaVision® High-Frequency Electronic HID Ballast,” “LED Driver Control,” and microwave transformers–advancements which define today’s performance standards. Started with a mere 10 employees, one salesman, and four manufacturers’ representatives in 1945, Advance has grown to employ more than 5,000, offer over 1,000 ballast and LED driver products, and occupy more than 1 million square feet of facility space throughout North America and Asia over the course of its six decades of operation.
“It is a tremendous honor to be part of the Advance legacy … to both recognize and celebrate Advance associates and accomplishments throughout the company’s history as well as to help Advance pioneer its next phase of successful achievement as a leader and innovator in the ballast and broader lighting electronics arena,” confirms Advance President and CEO Brian Dundon.
Throughout 2005, Advance will commemorate its 60th Anniversary milestone with a variety of activities, such as internal celebrations, customer events, and special communications. The company has also launched a brand new corporate website, which features a unique Photo Book detailing Advance’s extraordinary history.
“As it enters its next 60 years,” says Dundon, “and true to the ideals of its original founders, Advance remains dedicated to providing the utmost product quality, leadership, customer service, and technological expertise in the lighting industry.”
For more information about Advance, visit www.advancetransformer.com.