Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Osram Sylvania celebrated the relocation of their American headquarters and customer center with a grand ribbon cutting ceremony recently. The company will have more than 500 employees staffing their Wilmington office location. Grant Wright, CEO of OSRAM Americas, gave a tour of the 124,000-square-foot building.
Osram Sylvania has as a long track record in Massachusetts having first established its roots in 1901 by Frank Poor, a partner in a small company in Middleton, MA, that renewed burned-out light bulbs. Poor’s Bay State Lamp Company had locations in Danvers, Beverly and Salem. In 1931 the company merged with Sylvania and produced fluorescent lamps. The 1940s saw new company developments in consumer electronics and precision materials and by 1993 OSRAM Sylvania was created by a merger with the German pioneer in the development of electric light, OSRAM. Today, the research, development, and manufacturing of this world-leading company helps keep Massachusetts at the leading edge of innovation.
Dr. Olaf Berlien, Osram’s world-wide Chief Executive Officer, flew to Massachusetts from Osram’s world headquarters in Munich, Germany. Osram Sylvania, known for their pioneering work in lighting, gave us all an impressive lightshow inside the lobby of the new building. I wish them much success in Massachusetts and thank them for investing their time, energy and efforts here in the Commonwealth.