Koehler-Bright Star is located in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania and is a member of the Marmon Group/Berkshire Hathaway Company. The Marmon Group is an international association of manufacturing and service companies which consists of over 150 autonomously run business units, located in 300 facilities in 22 countries and employees 17,000 employees.
Bright Star was founded in 1909 as a battery manufacturer. In the 1930’s Bright Star developed and produced the first plastic safety certified flashlight for use in hazardous locations. Over the past century the technology has changed significantly but the extreme conditions that our products operate in have not.
Koehler-Bright Star has a long, accomplished tradition in the design and development of batteries and lamps for mine safety. Founded in 1912, Koehler manufactured the first naptha-burning safety light ever approved by the U.S. Bureau of Mines for explosive coal mining atmospheres. In 1918 Koehler developed the first electric, rechargeable cap lamp. Koehler went on the develop the world’s first Lithium Ion powered cap lamp which continued to provide the most reliable light in the marketplace.
Our commitment to safety is as steadfast now as it was when Koehler and Bright Star began. This continuing commitment is why we have remained strong for over 100 years, and why we remain a leader in portable lighting and power solutions.
COMPANY STATEMENT OF PURPOSE…
To be the global leader in innovative lighting products that provide best-in-class work area luminance in extreme environments.
To keep workers safe by enhancing sight in low light conditions.
To set measurable goals each year as part of our Management review, which include measuring system performance, obtaining customer feedback, setting higher standards, and establishing a plan to always remain ahead of our competition in both performance and customer service.
To eliminate or control both known and potential safety hazards that face us on a daily basis by involving every employee through proactive awareness training and preventative maintenance programs.