The University of Michigan's men's basketball team is shooting for a Big Ten title and a long NCAA Tournament run this season. While the Wolverines continue to rack up victories in games, EverLast Lighting of Jackson, Mich., could get credited with an assist for helping them on the practice court.

Fifty-six Induction High Bay fixtures manufactured by EverLast Lighting were installed during construction of the university's state-of-the-art Player Development Center, which is attached to Crisler Arena, where Michigan plays its home games. The Player Development Center, which opened in October, is 57,000 square feet and was built at a cost of more than $23 million.

“The fixtures from EverLast were a great fit for this project,” said Andy Meteer of Gasser-Bush Associates, a lighting company located in Livonia that sold the fixtures to U-M. “Induction lights like those produced by EverLast are ‘instant-on.’ A coach can flip a switch and start practice instead of waiting several minutes for them to warm up and fully illuminate. The EverLast lights also are low-maintenance and provide a higher CRI.”

Meteer said the fact that EverLast Lighting manufactures its products in Michigan is helpful when it comes to meeting deadlines. A subsidiary of Full Spectrum Solutions, Everlast is less than an hour's drive from the University of Michigan. “Our engineers appreciate the Michigan-based companies,” Meteer said, “and it does help in some cases to get the material specified.”