Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Evolucia Now Offering Lighting for Stadiums

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Evolucia Now Offering Lighting for Stadiums

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Lighting systems maker Evolucia Inc. announced Thursday that it is expanding its product line with LED equipment capable of illuminating stadiums and parks.

"SportsLegend" is a new high-power light emitting diode-based system specially designed for indoor and outdoor stadiums, arenas, athletic fields, parks and high-mast lighting towers.

"This new LED system delivers an extraordinary brilliant white light that adds punch and excitement to every sports event -- from the neighborhood sports park to large professional arenas," said New York Yankees pitching great Mariano Rivera, an Evolucia investor who teamed up with the Sarasota company in September to develop an illuminated baseball.

"It's cheaper, brighter, greener and the best LED play," Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader added.

The introduction of the stadium lighting represents the latest in a series of product, personnel and corporate moves that Sarasota County-based Evolucia has made this year.

In August, the company announced it was outfitting streets in Pompano Beach with LED lighting. Seven months earlier, it unveiled a similar deal with a remote Alaskan town on Akutan Island for a boardwalk promenade.

Evolucia systems have also been installed at the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Lejeune training facility, Andrews Air Force Base and DePaul University in Chicago.

From a corporate perspective, Evolucia has struck deals with the Mexican affiliate of German-based lighting giant OSRAM to make and co-market outdoor lights there. It also reached an agreement this year with Colombian firm Solarmax International SA to market its lights throughout the South American country.

Personnel moves

In addition to Rivera's involvement, Evolucia has made a number of high-profile personnel moves recently.

Late last month, it announced that chief financial officer Charles Rockwood was leaving the company after 13 months. That shift came after hirings of a global director of quality and a global director of applications engineering and technical customer support.

Most recently, Evolucia hired an "innovation manager" to direct an LED research center it plans to open early next year. …

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