EiKO, Ltd., Shawnee, Kan., is more than doubling its warehouse at its global headquarters. Despite hard times for the commercial lighting industry, EiKO sales grew during 2009 to the point where its current facility no longer met its needs.

“We've seen a significant increase in business during a time when the overall lighting business declined,” says Executive Vice President Rick Roberts. “To keep pace with the increased inventory demands and to continue to deliver product quickly, we needed more space.”

This addition continues EiKO's distribution expansion across the country in the last several years — new distribution centers include Reno, Nev., and Pennsauken, N.J. The locations allow EiKO to offer 95 percent of the country two-day delivery times via standard ground shipping. In the past few months, the company has also added to staff; and appointed several new reps (see “People” page 64); and added two T8 product lines that meet the Consortium for Energy Efficiency's (CEE) performance specifications for reduced wattage and high performance T8 systems, which electric utilities incorporate while developing their rebate programs.

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