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PHIL R. HINKLEY FOUNDED HINKLEY LIGHTING, INC. IN
1922 AS THE PHIL R. HINKLEY COMPANY IN CLEVELAND,
OHIO. THE COMPANY'S REPUTATION AT THAT TIME WAS
BUILT ON THE MANUFACTURE OF SOLID COPPER
LIGHTING FIXTURES, PRIMARILY FOR OUTDOOR USE. THE
FIRST CATALOG FEATURED FOURTEEN FIXTURES
COMPRISED OF BOTH OUTDOOR AND INDOOR FIXTURES.

 



 

1930s

DURING THE 1930S, STANLEY WIEDEMER WORKED AS A
TRAVELING SALESMAN OUT OF KANSAS CITY. HE CALLED
ON ELECTRICAL FIXTURE AND SMALL APPLIANCE STORES,
AS WELL AS CHAIN RETAILERS. AMONG HIS VARIOUS LINES
WAS THE PHIL R. HINKLEY COMPANY AND HE BEGAN TO BUY
INTO THE COMPANY AS IT PROGRESSED FROM COPPER TO
SPECIALLY-TREATED STEEL, COPPER PLATING, AND CRYSTAL
MOSS, AMBER CATHEDRAL AND AMBER OPAL GLASS. IN THE
MID 30’S, MR. HINKLEY CONTRACTED TUBERCULOSIS
AND SOLD HALF INTEREST TO STANLEY WIEDEMER TO
ENSURE CONTINUITY OF THE BUSINESS HE HAD CREATED. IN 1937,
MR. HINKLEY DIED AND STANLEY BOUGHT THE OTHER HALF
OF THE PHIL R. HINKLEY COMPANY AND
MOVED HIS FAMILY TO CLEVELAND.


 

1940s

THIS DECADE SAW STANLEY WIEDEMER’S SONS, PAUL,
JACK AND JIM GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE AND
BECOME INVOLVED WITH THE BUSINESS. BY EARLY
1941, THE COMPANY EMPLOYED OVER 40 PEOPLE.
HOWEVER, AFTER THE BOMBING OF PEARL
HARBOR AND THE ONSET OF WORLD WAR II,
ALL THREE SONS ENLISTED IN THE ARMED SERVICES
AND THE PHIL R. HINKLEY COMPANY CONVERTED
TO THE MANUFACTURE OF AIRPLANE PARTS AND
SUB-CONTRACTED PLATING JOBS FOR THE GOVERNMENT.
IN 1946, ALL THREE BOYS RETURN SAFELY FROM
SERVICE AND WORKED AT HINKLEY. AS SOON AS
MATERIALS AND MACHINERY WERE AVAILABLE, THE
COMPANY REFOCUSED ON LIGHTING MANUFACTURING.


HINKLEY ENTERED THE POST-WAR BOOM, WHICH WAS GEARED TOWARD THE NEW “TRACT HOUSING” CONCEPT, AS MORE AMERICANS WERE ABLE TO FULFILL THE DREAM OF OWNING THEIR OWN HOME. FROM THE INVENTION OF TELEVISION TO THE LAUNCH OF THE FIRST SATELLITE, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MADE HUGE LEAPS DURING THIS DECADE, CREATING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR GREAT PROGRESS IN THE LIGHTING INDUSTRY.
 
1950s


 

1960s







MR. RICHARD WIEDEMER, JR., THE CURRENT PRESIDENT
OF HINKLEY LIGHTING, INC. JOINED THE BUSINESS IN 1969,
WORKING CLOSELY WITH HIS FATHER,
RICHARD (JIM) WIEDEMER, SR. WHO HAD
BECOME THE SOLE OWNER OF THE COMPANY.


 

1970s







THE COMPANY MOVED TO ITS BEREA ROAD LOCATION IN
CLEVELAND, OHIO WHERE THE BUSINESS WOULD STAY FOR
FORTY YEARS AND OFFICIALLY CHANGED ITS NAME TO
HINKLEY LIGHTING, INC.


 

1980s







HINKLEY CONTINUES TO EXPAND AND DIVERSIFY
ITS PRODUCT OFFERINGS. HINKLEY LANDSCAPE
LIGHTING IS LAUNCHED IN 1987.


 

1990s






THE FOURTH GENERATION OF WIEDEMERS, KRISTI AND JESS,
ALONG WITH BROTHER ERIC, WHO JOINED THE COMPANY AS
LEGAL COUNSEL IN 2010, WORK CLOSELY WITH THEIR FATHER,
RICK WIEDEMER, POSITIONING THE COMPANY FOR A
NEW GENERATION OF GROWTH.

HINKLEY CONSTRUCTS A NEW, HIGH-TECH CORPORATE DISTRIBUTION FACILITY IN AVON LAKE, OHIO WHICH IS COMPLETED IN 2009. THE PURCHASE OF THE UPSCALE LIGHTING COMPANY, FREDRICK RAMOND, IN NOVEMBER 2007 FURTHER DIVERSIFIES THE COMPANY BY OFFERING LUXURY LIGHTING THAT APPEALS TO THE MODERN HOMEOWNER. AS BRANDING GAINS MORE IMPORTANCE, HINKLEY SELECTS “LIFE AGLOW” AS ITS SIGNATURE TAGLINE AND LEADS THE INDUSTRY WITH ITS UNIQUE CATALOG DESIGN AND LIFESTYLE ADVERTISING.


2010s

HINKLEY LIGHTING CONTINUES TO FOCUS ON STRENGTHENING THE VALUES
UPON WHICH ITS REPUTATION HAS BEEN FOUNDED FOR ITS 90-YEAR HISTORY.
AWARD-WINNING PRODUCT DESIGNS, INNOVATIVE MATERIALS AND CUTTING-EDGE
LED TECHNOLOGY CONTINUE TO SET HINKLEY APART. OUR NEW ENERGY-EFFICIENT
CORPORATE CAMPUS FEATURES A PROGRESSIVE DESIGN AND TRAINING CENTER
AND AN OPEN WORK ENVIRONMENT TO ENCOURAGE COLLABORATION AMONG
OUR TEAM. MYHINKLEY, A HIGHLY-CUSTOMIZED SOFTWARE PROGRAM
THAT ALLOWS DISTRIBUTORS UNLIMITED ACCESS TO AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT
OF DATA REGARDING THEIR ACCOUNT, IS EXPANDED. HINKLEY’S HIGHLY-TRAINED
CUSTOMER CARE TEAM SETS THE GOLD STANDARD BY PROVIDING EXCEPTIONAL
SERVICE TO REPS, CONSUMERS AND SHOWROOMS. LEADING THE WAY WITH
OUTSTANDING LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHY, HINKLEY’S MARKETING EFFORTS
EXPAND TO INCLUDE A STATE-OF-THE-ART WEBSITE,
DIGITAL ADVERTISING AND SOCIAL MEDIA.