NYC Lighting Company Brightens Idea into Reality
Emma Price, President “Thanks to ITAC we were able to turn our idea into reality. ITAC has been instrumental in helping us grow our business.”
Edison Price Lighting custom designs and manufactures architectural lighting for commercial projects such as museums, cathedrals, galleries, and retail establishments, as well as other public-facing institutions. The company was born in Manhattan in 1952 and has since relocated to Long Island City, Queens. They employ roughly 100 people.
Edison Price Lighting’s current facility is 58,000 square feet on two floors. While this was sufficient, the company had a growth strategy idea to create an attractive space to act as a selling point where they could deeply engage customers with the manufacturing process and design team. To create this manufacturing/showcase space, the company would need to expand their usable space for future growth; and more fully utilize the ground floor so that all production could be done on a single floor.
ITAC worked with Edison Price to reach these goals:
Using a cross-functional team from Edison Price, ITAC customized a 2-day workshop aimed at increasing productivity and reducing the needed space in 2 work cells (work areas that are used to assemble a single product). This allowed them to give customer access to the manufacturing floor.
Trained a cross section of the company in Lean principles through a 1-day Lean 101 training course.
Take a team of cross-functional individuals on a 2-day workshop tour of their process resulting in a Value Stream Map that helped the company identify areas of opportunities, and the true workflow of a fixture. One of these opportunities led to a “Design Review” workshop for the design team. This Lean Product Development (LPD) overview helped the company strengthen their design process of custom fixtures.
Driven by growth concerns, Edison Price utilized Lean principles to achieve their objective. As a result of our work, Edison Price was able to consolidate all manufacturing onto one floor and build on their LPD process. Their space now serves as a showcase for current and potential customers, both here and abroad. In 2013, Edison Price reported a total economic impact of $6MM, 4 new jobs and 28 retained jobs as a result of their work with ITAC.