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  • Sep 23, 2021

A.L.P. Introduces the Lineman™ Utility Grade Post-Top Globe

(Niles, IL) A.L.P. is pleased to announce the introduction of the Lineman™, a new utility-grade post-top globe. Designed to illuminate walkways, parks, and roadways, the Lineman features a nostalgic, turn-of-the-century shape with modern material choices for an economical alternative to other performance globes.

It is versatile, attractive, and affordable. The Lineman features a configurable top so that the appearance can be customized for any application. In addition, multiple finished shapes can be created by adding cap or finial options.

This new utility-grade post-top is easy to install and maintain. The innovative locking design allows the top and bottom to be efficiently shipped and then permanently field assembled with no tools. Manufactured in acrylic for longevity without discoloration, the Lineman is compatible with LED lamp sources and poles with a height of 10’ to 20’.

The Lineman is the latest addition to the 400 Series injection molded post-tops from the A.L.P. LexaLite brand. It can be shipped economically in two or three pieces. In addition, it has the same maximum diameter (15.9”) as A.L.P.’s popular The Lindy® refractor, offering the potential for component sharing.

For OEM and retrofit applications, A.L.P.’s traditionally styled Lineman post-top globe is a less expensive alternative to other performance optics that does not compromise on the durability and versatility integral to the 400 Series.


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  • Sep 1, 2021

Press Release: A.L.P. Introduces the Sentry® Barricade™ Lens for Outstanding Vaportight Performance

(Niles, IL) A.L.P. Lighting Components is pleased to announce the introduction of Sentry® Barricade™, a new 4-ft injection-molded low-profile lens. It is the newest addition to A.L.P.’s line of rugged lenses for the flagship Sentry® Series enclosed and gasketed fixture kits. Featuring a contemporary look and outstanding performance, the new lens modernizes the Sentry Series line while maintaining the existing benefits of robust construction and a large compartment size.

Designed by the injection molding experts from A.L.P. LexaLite®, Sentry Barricade’s molded-in texture offers superior lamp hiding. In addition, a new gasket compression rib results in superior sealing for extreme environments.

The Sentry Barricade lens is available in clear acrylic, Lumieo® (frosted acrylic), and clear polycarbonate. Regardless of the light source, the clear and Lumieo options provide visual comfort while maintaining high efficacy. The clear polycarbonate version will stand up to applications requiring impact resistance and is a more economical choice than A.L.P.’s current thermoformed offering.

Suspended vaportight Sentry enclosures are suitable for wet, damp, dusty, and cold applications such as parking garages, car washes, industrial buildings, and horticultural spaces. Samples are available now.


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  • Feb 18, 2021

Meet the Team: Lisa Yeadon

As Director of Marketing Communications for A.L.P. Lighting Components and Bill Brown Sales, Lisa is responsible for developing and implementing integrated marketing communications strategies that align with business objectives. She facilitates sales enablement and demand generation activities by developing multimedia sales tools, such as digital and social media, trade shows and events, advertising and PR, and presentations and collateral.

A native of Yorkshire, England, Lisa moved to the US in high school and lived all over the East Coast before making Chicago her home 19 years ago. She is one of a set of triplets, with two identical brothers, and her family includes husband Bob and four adult children ranging in age from 18 to 29.

She was always studious and somewhat of a bookworm. Lisa rekindled her passion for education by getting a master’s degree in Organizational Communication from DePaul University, a whopping 30 years after completing undergrad. It was an eye-opening experience! Since then, she has also attained post-graduate certificates in Digital Marketing and Corporate Communications from Cornell University.

One of Lisa’s favorite career stories happened early in her tenure with A.L.P. When unforeseen circumstances threatened to derail her first sales event, CEO Steve Brown gave her some memorable business advice that she still heeds today; “It’s not how well you plan, but how well you react when your plans go wrong!”


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  • Jan 22, 2021

Meet the Team: Kurt Puffpaff

Kurt Puffpaff ROCKS! Though in Kurt’s case, we mean that quite literally. A musician and music aficionado, Kurt plays guitar, sings, and is a huge fan of ‘70s rock bands like AC/DC, Styx and Led Zeppelin. He also writes and records his own original tunes, played on his favorite Birdseye Maple Les Paul guitar. Besides his love for music, Kurt is an avid outdoorsman and a die-hard Kansas City Chiefs fan.

Born and raised in Charlevoix, Michigan, Kurt has moved around the Midwest for his career before returning to his hometown a few years ago and settling with his wife Diane and their four sons, aged from 11 to 22.

Kurt is currently the National Sales Manager for A.L.P.’s custom optical products, but he has been in the lighting industry since 1993. He started his career as a territory manager for LexaLite (now part of A.L.P.) where he learned the business from the ground up, even delivering a few orders by truck when the business depended on it. Drawing on his decades of expertise in injection molding, Kurt can answer almost any molding question that comes his way. You are also invited to pick his brain on classic rock, football, or hunting.


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  • Nov 12, 2020

Meet the Team: Steve Dix

During the workweek, Steve Dix may focus on shipping products to our customers, but on summer weekends, he is focused on a different kind of shipping, at the helm of his Ocean Yacht Sport Fishing boat. When not sailing the Chesapeake Bay and North Atlantic, he enjoys traveling the globe with his wife Patty, a retired music professor, and their grown children Brian, Kaitlyn, and Sean. Together, they have visited Africa, England, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and Turks & Cacaos.

When it comes to extensive travel, he may have seen it all. But with more than 25 years of manufacturing experience in a variety of roles with A.L.P., Steve has seen (and done) it all where the lighting industry is concerned, too.

Since joining A.L.P., Steve has held progressively responsible management positions in the areas of warehousing, operations, and logistics. He currently serves as Vice President, Customer Fulfillment, managing the entire order processing experience from customer service and inventory to warehousing and logistics.


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  • Oct 29, 2020

Meet the Team: Tom Barnes

Do you know the difference between a jib and a spinnaker?  Or where to locate Port and Starboard? You can turn to A.L.P.’s sailing expert, Tom Barnes, for the answer to these puzzling questions and more.  When he is not working as Vice President and Business Manager for A.L.P.’s LexaLite® brand, you can find Tom competing in (and often winning) races with the Charlevoix Yacht Club.  In addition to sailing, Tom and his wife, Pam, enjoy all that scenic Northern Michigan offers, from golf to hiking and skiing.  They are the proud parents of two daughters, Lexie and Abbey.

Tom’s other passion?  Plastics!  He studied plastics engineering at Ferris State University before joining LexaLite, the company founded by his father, Josh Barnes.  Over the years, he held positions in sales, management, operations, and strategic development before joining A.L.P. when LexaLite was acquired in 2007.

In his current role with A.L.P., he is responsible for defining and promoting the plastic optical product line, ensuring profitability by managing product development, production, pricing, and related functions.


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