Osram Sylvania, Danvers, Mass., celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Octron fluorescent lamp family. The day was marked by pulling the 1.5 billionth Octron lamp off the production line in Versailles, Ky. Employees also enjoyed a small town hall meeting, a catered lunch and a commemorative cake. Mayor Fred Siegelman joined in the festivities and the anniversary made the nightly news.
Nolen Freeman, T8 Line adjuster, pulled the 1.5 billionth Octron T8 lamp off the line. Freeman worked on the very first Octron line 30 years ago. The first Octron lamp came off the line in 1981 and, since then, the lamps have helped reduce energy consumption by over 1 trillion kilowatt hours, saving over $100 billion in energy costs.