SOURCE: Bridgelux

Bridgelux

September 20, 2010 13:02 ET

Bridgelux Adding Green Jobs in California

Company Expanding U.S. Manufacturing of LED Chips and LED Lighting Products

LIVERMORE, CA--(Marketwire - September 20, 2010) - Bridgelux Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of LED lighting technologies and solutions is joined today by Congressman John Garamendi, (CA-10) and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (CA-16) as the company is dedicating its new headquarters in Livermore, California, and announcing plans for the addition of California-based Green jobs as the market for energy-efficient LED lighting continues to rapidly expand.

With more than 200 employees worldwide today, Bridgelux has added 50 California jobs since the start of 2010, and plans to add another 100 jobs in California before the end of 2011 to address research, development, and manufacturing requirements as well as other staffing needs.

"It is an honor to have Bridgelux, the first new U.S. based LED manufacturer in the past 20 years, in my Congressional District," Congressman John Garamendi said. "Their innovative technology is lighting the path towards our clean energy future."

Garamendi added, "Congress is considering 'Make it in America' bills to make sure that American companies like Bridgelux can succeed in a global marketplace. If we advance a business climate favorable to the creation of quality green jobs -- like those found at Bridgelux -- we can bring back America's middle class."

"We are seeing the rapid transformation of a $100 billion industry, and that transformation is delivering the potential for the creation of high technology employment opportunities while providing energy savings and environmental benefits," said Bill Watkins, Bridgelux CEO. "Bridgelux is proud to be a part of California's solution for a clean energy economy." 

About Bridgelux
Bridgelux is a leading developer and manufacturer of technologies and solutions transforming the $40 billion global lighting industry into a $100 billion market opportunity. Based in Livermore, California, Bridgelux is a pioneer in solid-state lighting (SSL), expanding the market for light-emitting diode (LED) technologies by driving down the cost of LED lighting systems. Bridgelux's patented light source technology replaces traditional technologies (such as incandescent, halogen, fluorescent and high intensity discharge lighting) with integrated, solid-state lighting solutions that enable lamp and luminaire manufacturers to provide high performance and energy-efficient white light for the rapidly growing interior and exterior lighting markets, including street lights, commercial lighting and consumer applications. With more than 300 patent applications filed or granted worldwide, Bridgelux is the only vertically integrated LED manufacturer and developer of solid-state light sources that designs its solutions specifically for the lighting industry. For more information about the company, please visit www.bridgelux.com 

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