Grand Light Background

Your Ideas, Our Design, Uncompromised.

Grand Light specializes in assisting a project’s design team in the design, engineering, restoration, and manufacturing of aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient, and practical lighting solutions for historic and commercial properties.

Operating nationally, Grand Light’s lighting capabilities and services include:

    • Comprehensive survey of existing building and site lighting
    • Architectural lighting design projects, including universities, hotels, and churches
    • Exterior facade lighting for new and historic buildings as well as monuments
    • Landscape and site lighting
    • Computer modeling, rendering, and drawings
    • Lighting control design and programming
    • Custom design, fabrication, and manufacturing of lighting fixtures
    • Unparalleled mechanical, electrical, and finishing restoration capabilities

Our expertise ranges from specialist creative architectural lighting design for interior and external spaces of all kinds of buildings. Our project portfolio covers every sector, including commercial, government, education, religious, hospitality and transport hubs.

Grand Light’s lighting restoration and custom lighting capabilities include research for historic accuracy, drawings, mock-ups, metal fabrication, polishing, painting, hot and cold patina application, welding, abrasive blasting, refinishing metal components, glass fabrication, replacing all electrical components, rewiring and testing in accordance with UL standards.

Grand Light believes lighting is the single most important element to ensure the success of a designed space. Lighting should accentuate architectural features while elevating the space. Grand Light also offers evaluations and recommendations to advance the project’s goals or completion. To discuss our capabilities in more detail, please call us at 1-800-922-1469 or use our Contact Form.

Our Capabilities Include:

On-Site Evaluations

Historic fixtures are individually inspected and documented during a site survey. Typically, a site evaluation involves an on-site visit to examine, identify, and document the existing condition and all mechanical, electrical, and finish deficiencies of each lighting fixture.
Site evaluations are common with large-scale restoration projects, and provide key insight into project cost projection, operation and maintenance considerations, design and construction principles, and required restoration processes.

What Your On-Site Evaluation Includes:

  • On-Site with Grand Light Specialists
  • Fast Turnaround For Detailed Condition Report
  • Hands-on Analysis
  • Exceptional Client Communication
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Information Collected:

  • Project Cost Projection
  • Operation and Maintenance Considerations
  • Design and Construction Principles
  • Recommended Restoration Processes
  • Type, Size, and Number of Fixture
  • Number of Lamps per Fixture/Ballast
  • Type of Lamps and Ballasts
  • Fixture Condition (Finish, Mechanical, Electrical)
  • Unique Fixture Types or Physical Features
  • Fixture Mounting Conditions
  • Room/Location Aesthetics and Design
  • Existing On-Site Conditions

Condition Reports

Grand Light condition reports include inventory of any damaged or missing components or glass, noticeable structural deficiencies, electrical assessment, material analysis, and finish conditions. Grand Light also provides photographic and line generated drawings to represent how components fit together and highlight sections and elevations showing the assembled components, or an exploded view showing the relationship between components and how they fit together.

What Your Condition Report Includes:

  • Project Cost Projection
  • Operation and Maintenance Considerations
  • Design and Construction Principles
  • Recommended Restoration Processes
  • Type, Size and Number of Fixture
  • Number/Type of Lamps per Fixture/Ballast


  • Type of Lamps/Ballasts
  • Fixture Condition (Finish, Mechanical, and Electrical Inspection)
  • Unique Fixture Types or Physical Features
  • Fixture Mounting Conditions
  • Room/Location Aesthetics and Design
  • Existing On-Site Conditions

Formal Proposal

Grand Light's formal project proposals include all work and recommendations generated during survey and condition report feedback. These proposals are detailed documents which outline project summary, objectives, technical approach, allotted deliveries/pick-ups, budgetary options, special qualifications, terms and conditions. Our proposals are often supplemented by illustrations including photographs, drawings, diagrams, and schedules.
Grand Light provides on-call support with our dedicated project management team, consisting of project managers and support staff, to assist in any questions, concerns, reviews, and documentation. We believe an honest line of communication and transparency enables our team to stay ahead of your project and quickly identify any potential issues that may impact budgets, schedules, and designs.

What Your Formal Proposal Includes:

  • Recommended Restoration Processes
  • Projected Cost
  • Terms and Conditions
  • On-Call Project Managers for Review and Questions
  • Budgetary Revisions with Alternative Options
  • Delivery, Pick-Up, and Transportation
  • Project Specific/Special Qualifications


Our Capabilities Include:

Historical Research & Generating Scope of Work

To specify the scope of work required for a project, Grand Light carefully considers all provided information in addition to meticulous historical studies.
For new replications of existing and non-existing lighting, work shall include complete studies of photographs, drawings, and available historic information; allowing concise preparation and design of engineering drawings with complete bills of materials for the fabrication of each fixture.
Completed fixtures shall meet all applicable codes, NEC guidelines and UL procedures in accordance with the electrical contractor prior to installation.

Our Historical Archives Include:

• Edward F. Caldwell & Co.
• Bradley & Hubbard Mfg. Co.
• JL Mott Iron Works
• Bergmann & Co.
• Lincoln Manufacturing Co.
• Markel Lighting
• Virden Lighting
• H.J. Peters Co.
• A.W. Reiser Co.
 

Submittals

Grand Light refers to contract bid documents and survey condition reports in addition to shop drawings, product data, samples, and submission procedures in generating a comprehensive submittal package. Our submittals include work scope supplemented with in-depth analysis of existing pre-restoration conditions, computer models/renderings, and lighting control design/programming.
For custom replicated fixtures, Grand Light submits shop drawings indicating all details of mechanical and electrical construction.
For existing luminaires Grand Light provides shop drawings for structural modifications only indicating the project name, manufacturer, all materials, finishes, lamping, voltage, ballast information and mounting details.
Samples of shades, glass diffuser material, metals and metal finish samples are submitted for approval prior to proceeding with mock-ups.

Typical Restoration Submittal Sample
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Our company lighting capabilities include research for historic accuracy, drawings, mock-ups, metal fabrication, polishing, painting, hot and cold patina application, welding, abrasive blasting, refinishing metal components, glass fabrication, replacing all electrical components, rewiring and testing in accordance with UL standards. To discuss our capabilities in more detail, please call us at 1-800-922-1469 or use our Contact Form.

Grand Light Company Capabilities Include:

Engineering

Our process begins with reviewing existing documentation including sketches, architectural drawings, historical photographs, and an on-site inspection to gather the full scope of the project requirements. From there, Grand Light will develop a detailed proposal. As required Grand Light conducts research to assure the historical accuracy of all historic projects.
The creation of custom drawings is an important part of the process when it comes to the production of custom lighting. Whether it be a replication or modification of an existing lighting fixture, the client’s design, or a creation by Grand Light’s design team, a drawing will serve as the blue print for our production process.
Our drawings and subsequent mock-ups address the smallest of detail, allowing our clients to fully visualize the fixture before it goes into production, which reduces the possibility of error, and allows Grand Light to fulfill its commitment of delivering high quality lighting fixtures on schedule.

Our Engineering Capabilities Include:

• Customer Consultation
• Survey
• Evaluation Reports
• Concept Sketches
• Drawings
• Mock-Ups

Mechanical Overview

Grand Light’s mechanical capabilities are an essential part of the restoration & custom lighting process. Utilizing only the best materials, Grand Light strives to ensure only the highest quality of standards go into crafting each lighting fixture; from minor components to the complete fabrication of full sized lanterns or other custom lighting fixtures.
Using the explicit instructions provided by custom drawings, our factory staff then transform concepts into finished products incorporating the highest regard for accuracy.
Grand Light’s technicians inspect and document any mechanical flaws or damage on every lighting fixture prior to any mechanical repair, replacement, or modification. Our metalsmiths can fabricate a variety of materials by hand forging or producing components utilizing the lost wax and sand casting processes. Our custom cast metal fixtures offer complex design, quality, and durability. Grand Light craftsmen have years of experience utilizing various metal bonding techniques, resulting in the highest quality custom lighting fabrications, historic lighting repairs and modifications.

Our Mechanical Capabilities Include:

• Inspection/Documentation
• Metal Fabrication
• Glass Fabrication
• Welding

Finishing Processes

As a part of the restoration process, our artisans explore the intricate details of preserving the historical integrity of lighting fixtures including color matching and sheen of the original finish.
Custom lighting finishes are available in custom painted colors, sheen, and textures as well as custom patina colors on bronze, copper, and brass components.
Each surface is cleaned and inspected to determine the optimal surface profile to achieve the desired finish. Our processes involve a wide range of capabilities including metal polishing as well as media blasting to remove old finishes and foreign material in preparation for a refinish.
Our artisans can match any color or finish utilizing a variety of processes involving powder coat, spray, hot or cold patina custom recipes and color blending an existing finish.
Grand Light exercises meticulous techniques that are unparalleled in the application of protective coatings including UV resistant protective lacquer with various customized sheens and tints.

Our Finishing Capabilities Include:

• Cleaning
• Surface Preparation
• Painting
• Polishing/Buffing
• Patina Application
• Protective Coatings

Electrical Overview

Grand Light’s electrical capabilities are often an essential part of the restoration & custom lighting process. Utilizing only UL listed products, Grand Light strives to ensure only the highest quality of standards go into finalizing each lighting fixture; from the rewiring of luminaires, to the installation of modern lamp technology, and the custom conversion of gas powered fixtures to electric.
Grand Light’s technicians inspect and document any electrical deficiencies on every lighting fixture prior to any electrical component replacement and rewiring. We also offer comprehensive retrofit kits for upgrading existing historic luminaire to take full advantage of modern induction lamping technology. Grand Light's practice is to perform multiple UL tests on all electrical components and systems to ensure compliance with UL Standards for luminaires.

Our Electrical Capabilities Include:

• Inspection/Documentation
• Luminaire Retrofits
• Wiring Methods
• UL Testing

Crystal Restoration

Grand Light’s team specializes in the restoration of crystal components of varying sizes, shapes, and cuts. Our artisans have decades of experience restoring crystal components on chandeliers, sconces, ceiling fixtures, and pendants from a variety of clients ranging from private homes, hotels, churches, museums, government, universities, and more.
Grand Light artisans specialize in the cleaning of crystal components by offering both hand cleaning and ultrasonic cleaning technology. Our artisans utilize a proprietary cleaning solution before each component is rinsed and hand polished. We have extensive experience pinning and stringing crystal components on historic and custom lighting fixtures. Utilizing time proven techniques, our artisans install pinning wire, clips, and connecting rings on crystal components in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and designs.
With decades of experience, our artisans dress a variety of crystal components of different shapes, sizes, and quality on historic and custom lighting fixtures. Our specialists will identify and research any missing crystal component on a historic lighting fixture and offer up a similar or exact grade, size, and shape to maintain a fixtures historical integrity.

Our Crystal Restoration Services Include:

• Cleaning
• Repair
• Pinning
• Dressing
• Replacement

On-Site Services

Grand Light’s on-site capabilities are often an essential part of the restoration & custom lighting process. Grand Light specialists strive to ensure historic lighting fixtures are removed, cleaned, repaired, packed, transported, and installed in the safest and most conscientious methods possible.

Our approach puts our customers first, with flexible on-site service scheduling offered at the clients convenience and without causing any disruption to daily activities. Work areas are left in the same manner it was found prior to leaving a site.

We recommend job-specific handling, labeling and transportation rules to avoid potentially hazardous situations or damage to personnel, property, or equipment. All loose components, damages/deficiencies, and component placement/alignment must be adequately labeled and/or documented prior to removal.

Grand Light’s On-Site Cleaning Specialists utilize leading technology, decades of experience, and an unwavering commitment in providing superior historic lighting restoration results to our clients. Our specialists have a thorough understanding and extensive experience in cleaning a variety of surfaces including metal, wood, marble, plaster, and crystal using proprietary cleaning solutions and advanced ultrasonic technology.

Our On-Site Services Include:

• Cleaning
• Crating
• Installation
• Temporary Fixtures
• Testing
• Removal
• Transportation
• Survey
• Packing


Modification & Energy Efficient Retrofitting

Our Capabilities Include:

Retrofits & Energy Efficient Improvements

Grand Light has over a decade of experience modifying existing lighting systems with energy efficient retrofit kits for a variety of clients including government, religious, educational and cultural institutions, architects, electrical contractors, and designers. We pride ourselves on preserving the historic integrity of a fixture, while upgrading an existing lighting system with brighter, more efficient lighting.

Your electricity bill is largely based on your energy consumption. Older bulbs, such as incandescent bulbs, are proven to use more energy but produce less light than an LED retrofit. Retrofitting your existing fixtures can be a cost effective way to improve the performance of a luminaire without the costs of replacing it. In general, having historic lighting fixtures retrofitted may make the most sense to drastically decrease electric bills, energy consumption and increase the overall brightness of a room.

Energy efficient retrofitting capabilities increase the lighting quality of an area while minimizing total energy consumption. Retrofitting consists of updating the lighting element, wiring, and components, with the intent of improving energy consumption and reducing maintenance costs. When incandescent lamps are upgraded with an LED retrofit, the result is a room that is up to (3) times brighter, savings up to 80% in annual(recurring) energy costs, and extended operational lifespan.
 
 
 
Savings can also be achieved through the implementation of energy efficient lamps, photocells, motion detectors, and light lifts. All of these, often in combination, can significantly reduce operating costs and provide long term return on investment.

To calculate how much energy your light bulbs consume, Grand Light considers a bulb’s wattage, which is the amount of electrical energy a bulb uses, as well as how many lumens, or the amount of light, it gives off. Consumption, or the energy efficiency piece of this equation, is calculated by multiplying the amount of time a bulb is operated, in hours, by its wattage, in kilowatts (kW). To calculate this for yourself, please reference the following equation:

Wattage (kilowatts) x Operating Time (hours) = Energy Consumed (kWh)

UL Testing and Labeling Lab

 Grand Light exceeds both the regional and national requirements set by the Underwriters Laboratory™ in UL code compliance restoration work and the custom lighting industry. We are accredited to perform both testing and labeling in our factory in compliance with UL 1598.
Utilizing only UL listed products, Grand Light strives to ensure only the highest standards go into finalizing each lighting fixture; from the rewiring of luminaires, to the installation of modern lamp technology, and the custom conversion of gas powered fixtures to electric.
Our standard practice includes performing multiple UL testing on all electrical components and systems to ensure the highest safety and quality standards for both restored and custom manufactured lighting fixtures. Once tested, all fixtures, systems, and materials receive dedicated UL Labeling certifying adherence under UL general UL performance requirements. Inspections by UL are performed quarterly at our facility.

 

 

Our Types of Drawings Include:

Assembly & Component Drawings

During on-site survey, all existing fixtures are thoroughly photographed and documented. Based off of these findings, Grand Light provides photographic and line generated drawings. These profile drawings are used to represent how the components fit together and may highlight sections and elevations showing the assembled components, or an exploded view showing the relationship between components and how they fit together. Photographic and line generated profiles may be drawn by hand, prepared using computer-aided design software or a combination of the both.

Shop Drawings

For custom designed and replicated fixtures, Grand Light submits shop drawings indicating proposed assembly and fabrication of structural elements, and the installation of materials. Our shop drawings generally relate to pre-fabricated components, showing how they should be manufactured or installed.

Grand Light engineers review design intent drawings, specifications, and documentation (sketches, drawings, photographs or an on-site inspection) to prepare drawings detailing how the components will actually be manufactured, fabricated, assembled or installed. Using software such as AutoCad or Solidworks, Grand Light’s drawings serve as the blueprint for our production process.

All drawings are submitted for review by the project design team prior to fabrication to verify that they comply with design drawings and specification and to ensure that different packages of work and components are properly coordinated. Samples of shades, glass diffuser material, metals and metal finish samples may be submitted for approval prior to proceeding with fabrication and/or mock-ups.

 

What Our Drawings Can Detail:

• Structural Modifications
• Materials
• Lamping
• Assembly
• Quantities
• Ballast Information
• Damages/Deficiencies
• Finishes
• Voltage
• Mounting Details
• Dimensions
• Special Provisions

Budget Orientated Alternatives

Grand Light understands the challenges that come with budget oriented projects. We offer significant product alternatives to accommodate both a restrictive budget as well as demanding conditions.

 Fabrication Method:

With any new fabrication project comes plenty of planning, challenges, critical decisions and efficiencies to strive for. Before you budget your next fabrication project, Grand Light personnel can help provide a full grasp on the different manufacturing and replication processes (e.g. lost-wax vs sandcast molding) to consider, and how you can optimize each step of the process for cost reduction, timeliness and efficacy.

Material:

Our specialists can provide recommended material budgets which calculate the cost of particular materials (e.g. brass vs steel) that must be purchased for use in production while still fulfilling the requirements (durability, longevity, finish options) of the project's expectations.

Design:

Grand Light engineers can assist by analyzing existing plans and specs, and propose similar-in-kind stock components to help reduce fabrication, tooling, and molding costs.

Additionally, choosing between alternative LED lighting solutions, such as retrofitting existing lighting fixtures through simple screw-in options or retrofit kits, each come with their own pros and cons of each option in four key areas: Cost, ease of installation, performance, and maintenance.

Work on historic lighting performed by Grand Light is backed by decades of experience and qualification. Upon request, we shall provide proof of comparable restoration and replication projects completed by personnel skilled in the processes and operations indicated. These requirements may include: Restoration Skills Demonstrated, Client Testimonials & Recommendations, Materials & Methods Used.
Our goal is to ensure our clients receive more value than expected in Quality Assurance, Cost, Scheduling, Performance, Communication, and Safety. We have never failed to complete a project on-time and commit ourselves to delivering the highest quality products and services possible.

Why Choose Grand Light:

  • Long Standing History of Successful, Award Winning Projects
  • Dedicated, Full-Time Project Management & Engineering Team
  • Artisans and Specialists with Decades of Experience
  • Extensive Background in Restoration, Manufacturing, and Design
  • Understanding of Large and Small Projects
  • Exceptional Client Communication and Customer Service
  • Committed to Safety Without Compromise


Historic Lighting Restoration & Custom Lighting Resource Book

Learn How To Complete Your Restoration Or Custom Lighting Project On Time, Under Budget, And With Unmatched Quality

Using our capabilities appropriately and carefully is something we pride ourselves on. From beginning to end, working with Grand Light means working with a team of professionals who will give your project personal attention. Our process begins with reviewing photographs or an on-site inspection to gather the scope of a restoration job. From there, Grand Light will develop a detailed proposal. When required, Grand Light will also prepare conceptual sketches and diagrams, and conduct research to assure the historical accuracy of all restoration jobs. Once the project is approved, Grand Light will either pick up the fixture personally, or shipped to our workshop and begin the restoration process. For assistance in preparing a specification for a historic lighting restoration or custom lighting project, please download our Historic Lighting Restoration & Custom Lighting Resource Book. This 50+ page book provides important information critical to the restoration and custom lighting process including Grand Light's capabilities and services, company overview, executive profiles, and corporate experience. Additionally, use our Contact Form or call us at 1-800-922-1469 to discuss your needs further.
Our Resource Book Includes:
• Company Overview
• Executive Personnel Profiles
• Capabilities & Services Information
• Historic Restoration & Custom Lighting Experience
• Historic Lighting Restoration Guidelines
• The Grand Light Difference

Lighting Design & Pre-Project Planning Resource Book

Your Ideas, Our Design, Uncompromised.

We are proud to announce the launch of our new Lighting Design & Pre-Project Planning Resource Book! This booklet highlights key resources and capabilities available to our clients including comprehensive on-site surveys, specification development, and computer modeling, renderings, and drawings.
Grand Light specializes in assisting a project's design team in designing, engineering, and manufacturing aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient, and practical solutions for historic and commercial properties. Feel free to share with friends, clients, and colleagues! For assistance in pre-project planning for your next lighting design project, please use our Contact Form or call us at 1-800-922-1469 to discuss your needs further.
Our Lighting Design & Pre-Project Planning Book Includes:
• Company Overview
• Custom Lighting Solutions
• Site Survey & Analysis Information
• Corporate Experience
• Specification Development Details
• The Grand Light Difference

Additional Market Guides & Resources

Browse Our Collection Of Market Specific Resource Books

Grand Light works with a wide range of clients from around the country including government, religious, educational, entertainment, hospitality, and cultural institutions. Our mission is to continue to differentiate ourselves as the ultimate source for the very best professional lighting restoration and custom lighting services available. In realizing that our clients’ satisfaction is the most meaningful measurement of our continued success, we pride ourselves in providing complete customer satisfaction in all we do. For assistance in preparing a specification for a historic lighting restoration or custom lighting project, please download our market specific Historic Lighting Restoration & Custom Lighting Resource Books and use our Contact Form or call us at 1-800-922-1469 to discuss your needs further.

 

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We Are Proud Of The Work We Do And The Service We Provide For Our Customers

Grand Light, located at 104 Day Street, Seymour, Connecticut, has been serving the interior and exterior lighting needs of homeowners and professionals for over 80 years, setting a standard of offering handcrafted, design-oriented, quality home lighting products from artisans around the world. Our Lighting showcase displays an inventory of over 5,000 lighting fixtures representing every style, size and category available. From crystal chandeliers to flood lights, Grand Light offers a full line of residential and commercial lighting products. At Grand Light, our knowledgeable and courteous staff of lighting professionals provide our customers with the highest level of service and design expertise anywhere. For assistance with your historic lighting restoration or custom lighting projects, please use our Contact Form or call us at 1-800-922-1469 to discuss your needs further.

Lighting Restoration, Replication, & Custom Lighting Brochure

American Artisans At Work Preserving History Since 1929

Check out Grand Light's new 2018 Historic Lighting Restoration, Replication, & Custom Lighting Brochure for an overview of our qualifications, services, and facility. Feel free to share with friends, clients, and colleagues! For assistance in preparing a specification for historic lighting restoration, please download our brochure and use our Contact Form or call us at 1-800-922-1469 to discuss your needs further.
Brochure Includes:
  • Lighting Restoration Information
  • Custom Lighting Information
  • Capabilities Information
  • Our Facility Information

Additional Instructions, Guides, & Warranty Information

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We like to keep our clients involved as we work for them, and keep them informed of our progress.  It’s important to us that a client who has entrusted us with a restoration be comfortable with the work we do for them; therefore, we make ourselves available to them at all times – ensuring complete satisfaction from beginning to end.  Please use our Contact Form or call us at 1-800-922-1469 to discuss your needs. For assistance in preparing a specification for historic lighting restoration, please review the documents provided.

 

Grand Light’s “Preserving America” Webinar

Grand Light is proud to announce the launch of our brand new webinar series, “Preserving America”! To book an exclusive reservation for your company, featuring a live Q&A Session with Grand Light’s Vice President, Ryan Stockman, please click here.

What’s Included

Our webinar includes essential information about launching a restoration or custom lighting project, exclusive insight into our proprietary processes, and a peek into our innovative procedures in the art of lighting restoration.
  • Pre-Project Planning
  • Engineering
  • Custom Lighting Solutions
  • On Site Services
  • In-Factory Capabilities & Services
  • Notable Projects & Awards

Our Project Portfolio

From professional diagrams and plans for your project to rewiring fixtures to UL standards, our specialists have proven their reputation as exceptional lighting restorers and custom lighting manufacturers. Check out our extensive project portfolio!

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Our Facility

Grand Light’s restoration facility and design center is located near the heart of New England in Seymour, Connecticut, only a short distance from some of the country’s oldest cities such as New York, Boston, and Philadelphia.

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Awards & Accolades

Grand Light is honored to be recognized as an award-winning lighting restorer and custom lighting manufacturer for our outstanding commitment to delivering quality results.

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Around The Factory

It’s been a busy year at Grand Light, stay up-to-date with our artisans with the latest news and project updates! Check out what are artisans have been up to!!!

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Client List

Grand Light has worked with a wide range of clients including government, religious, educational and cultural institutions, architects, electrical contractors, designers, and private residences.

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Representatives

Grand Light works with a wide range of clients from around the country including government, religious, educational, commercial, and cultural institutions. Our regional and local sales representatives offer exceptional advice and experience.

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