HessAmerica celebrates company anniversary

20 years of design,
innovation and quality

The year 2017 is something special for Hess – exactly 20 years ago, Hess entered the American market with the creation of HessAmerica.
The production and sales office was initially located in Shelby, North Carolina. At the beginning of 2004, the doors opened at the current company headquarters in Gaffney, South Carolina, where a new company building had been acquired.

1997: debut at LightFair 

In 1997, HessAmerica also had its debut at the world’s largest and annual trade fair for architectural and commercial lighting – the LightFair. In this way, right from the beginning the company became a sought-after and renowned premium provider of holistic lighting and design solutions also in the American market – and nothing has changed about this since then.

Stylish design and energy-efficient lighting technology

With its broad product portfolio of designoriented outdoor luminaires and matching high-quality site furnishings in distinctive designs, the company found great acclaim among experts, even across the pond.
The product trends currently most popular in North America are the CITY ELEMENTS multifunctional lighting system and the LINEA, VILLAGE, CANTO and CAMPO luminaires, as well as the illuminating columns and illuminating bollards of the SIERRA product line.

Numerous awards recognise high-Quality products

Since 1997, many luminaires from HessAmerica have been honoured – for their innovative design and technical sophistication.

For example, in 2005 the SERA pole top mounted luminaire received the award “Best of Category / Exterior Luminaires: Site and Roadway Lighting”. The prestigious annual “Architectural SSL Award”, conferred by the US-based lighting magazine “Architectural SSL Magazine”, has been given to HessAmerica products several times: In 2011 for the LINEA 950
illuminating bollard, in 2015 for the PARCO pole top mounted luminaire in the “Outdoor Lighting” category and in 2016 for the ACCADIA LED in-ground luminaire in the “Architectural Lighting” category.

ARINI lighting system awarded at LightFair 2017

This year, the ARINI lighting system won “Best of Category” in the “Parking, Street and Area Lighting” category at the LightFair in Philadelphia.
Achievements that were also recognised included the market launch of the world’s first LED outdoor luminaire in 2003, early product innovations in the area of indirect illumination with the FARO luminaire, the development of the CITY ELEMENTS modular lighting system and groundbreaking concepts for lighting technology with the LED module LEVO and the 360 module.

Anniversary party at LightFair 2017

HessAmerica fittingly celebrated its 20th anniversary at the LightFair this year. Sales people and lighting experts from all over North America came together to duly celebrate this special occasion in the context of a large stand party at the end of the first day of the show.
On this occasion, the entire staff and especially the Managing Director Terry O’Toole and Inside Sales Manager Becky Smith, who both helped write the history of HessAmerica from the very first day, have been thanked for their tireless commitment, which has been crucial to the success of the company.