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Ruud Lighting to expand in Racine

Racine’s Ruud Lighting Inc. is one of the handful of companies in southeastern Wisconsin that is benefiting from the rising interest in energy efficiency. The maker of commercial LED light fixtures, which it sells under its BetaLED brand, is building a 220,000-square-foot addition to its Racine facility, and had record sales in 2010.

Ruud Lighting introduced its LED lighting fixtures for the commercial market about four years ago, and has become one of the largest players in that market.

Ruud Lighting develops and sells its LED products under its BetaLED division. It makes LED lighting products in three areas – streetlights for roads and highways, exterior lighting for parking lots, parking garages, canopies for gas stations and other commercial structures, and a line of LED lights for indoor commercial applications.

Some of BetaLED’s most prominent products have been its street light fixtures, which are in place in Los Angeles, Boston, Anchorage, Alaska, and several communities in California. The city of Ouray, Colo., has converted all of its street lights to the company’s LED fixtures.

“We have the most installed LED street lights in the U.S. (of any manufacturer),” said Christopher Ruud, president of Ruud Lighting.

Read more in the latest Made in Milwaukee profile in BizTimes Milwaukee.

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