ELK Lighting recently purchased Rhode Island-based lighting manufacturer Nulco Lighting and is in the process of moving Nulco’s operations to its Pennsylvania facilities. Order fulfillment for Nulco is expected to resume by Aug. 15.
Nulco’s owner Ken Nulman announced that the company had gone into receivership at the end of February, and since then, Nulman has been looking for investors. ELK bought the company under its sister corporation, Mt. Summit Lighting Inc.
ELK CEO Bradford Smith says his company has been looking for strategic acquisitions in the industry that fit into ELK’s product offerings.
“Nulco brings a very diverse line of crystal as well as an array of restoration product,” Smith says. “We have some crystal and restoration at ELK, so it matches up really well with our company.”
Smith says that Nulco will be a standalone brand in order to uphold the legacy of the line, which opened in 1946, and that he expects to come out with new products, catalogs and marketing pieces for the brand. ELK is also looking to expand its showroom space at the Dallas Market Center by moving into the former Artcraft space next to the ELK showroom and taking out the wall in between.
“We are going to have a substantial product offering with our additions of Artistic Lighting & Designs, Sterling and Baldinger, so we are really allowing our customers a one-stop shop where they can place a single order and streamline the process,” Smith says. “It evens the playing field with retailers and e-commerce sites.”
With Nulco’s operations now being relocated to Pennsylvania, Nulman and other Nulco employees are looking for other opportunities within the industry. Nulman says he would prefer to partner with a company that either designs or manufactures products in the United States in order to create jobs for his former Nulco employees.