Joel Spira, founder, owner and Director of Research at Lutron Electronics Inc., has been inducted into the Bicentennial Hall of Fame of Lehigh County in southeastern Pennsylvania. Spira and other inductees including former Chrysler CEO Lee Iacocca, "Marley & Me" author John Grogan and Super Bowl champions Don Koppen and Matt Millen were inducted at a ceremony on March 10 in Allentown, PA.
Lutron has been located in Lehigh County since Spira founded it in Emmaus, PA, in 1961. Nearly ten years later, he later relocated the business to Coopersburg, PA, which is also in Lehigh County and where the company remains today.
“It’s an honor to be recognized as an inaugural Hall of Fame inductee,” Spira said in a statement. “I’ve called this area home for more than 50 years – both personally and professionally – and find it to be one of the most charming areas to raise a family and to enjoy the sights and sounds of the community.”
Lehigh County Bicentennial Committee Chairman Don Cunningham says Spira was a “clear choice” of the Lehigh County Hall of Fame.
“He is already in the equivalent of the United States ‘Hall of Fame’ with his papers and designs of the first dimmer switch in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., right next to the work of Thomas Edison,” Cunningham said in a statement. “Mr. Spira is an American treasure and we are proud that he calls Lehigh County home and that he chose to build Lutron Electronics here.”