WorkSite Lighting: a bright spot for around-the-clock industries

In 2012, WorkSite Lighting posted a revenue growth of 67 percent over the year before, and the Prairieville business is watching that earnings trajectory stay on the same path, expecting no dips through the end of this year.

WorkSite Lighting became the first company to deliver portable LED lights to construction sites in September 2007, according to Bill Matthews and Alex Robeau, CEO and vice president of business development, respectively.

WorkSite Lighting of Prairieville fabricates explosion-proof LED lights for multiple industries.

WorkSite Lighting of Prairieville fabricates explosion-proof LED lights for multiple industries.

Since then the company has illuminated multiple industries.“The moon is going to be lit up by WorkSite Lighting,” said Robeau, who had approached Matthews with the business idea after working jobs that required powerful but safe lighting for about three decades.In July, WorkSite Lighting moved into a new 8,000-square-foot facility at 16079 Airline Hwy. — less than two miles from its former location at 17212 Airline Hwy. — and announced it was hiring 20 additional workers for a total workforce of about 30.

In about five years’ time the company predicts it will outgrow itself again and have to move or establish a second location as it gains a foothold in more divisions of industry, particularly in new drilling developments such as those occurring in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale.

“We do a lot of business in our own backyard, but we also have international growth,” Matthews said. While still hiring and in the process of moving production to the new facility, WorkSite Lighting considers itself friendly to veterans and strives to put those seeking work after leaving the military first in its employment practices.

“Depending on their background, we try to meet their skill set to match the company,” Matthews said.

Bill Matthews, CEO

Bill Matthews, CEO

The backbone of WorkSite Lighting is its main line of explosion-proof lighting, which also produces less heat than conventional lighting and is a crucial component of work environments where combustible gases and vapor swirl.

However, the company is also branching out to provide portable power supplies with multiple voltages and safety devices and equipment. Besides oil and gas, Robeau said WorkSite Lighting is providing equipment to the military, NASA, nuclear facilities, grain producers and Boeing.

He said regulations in those industries tightened greatly following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf and made the company and its products much more in demand. “It’s a ripple effect.”Besides sales, WorkSite Lighting carries about a million dollars’ in rental equipment for industry.

In addition, Matthews said the company will soon be producing a new product, but declined to discuss specifics.Through innovation, Matthews said WorkSite Lighting products offer safety standards that are higher than regulations set forth by OSHA — and companies are seeking out that type of quality.

“There’s a prime opportunity over the next four to five years to come up with new products” and build the company’s branding, while creating new presences in different markets, Matthews said.