At French Gerleman, it’s important for us to not only give back to our community, but to also support those who fought to keep us and our country safe. Rick Craven, Quincy’s Branch Administration Manager, was inspired by an email from RAB Lighting detailing a program to light up monuments and memorials for veterans. Rick then challenged the Quincy team to help identify a location to help promote RAB and give back to a veteran. Ultimately, they identified the Illinois Veterans Home as the recipient of this monument lighting program.
Together, RAB Lighting and French Gerleman donated approximately $3,100 of exterior LED fixtures along with the lighting layout and selection to illuminate nearly a dozen monuments and memorials, including the WWII Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial, on the Veterans Home’s property with 13 new fixtures. French Gerleman’s Quincy branch donated the layout and selection of lights, and the Veterans Home staff provided the labor to install the material.
From start to finish, this project took several months. We had to identify the areas that would be included in the project, work with the local rep and RAB lighting to get approval on the project, and then get them in and to the home for installation. It might have been a lengthy process, but it was worth it to help out this great organization and to see the finished product.
The previous lighting at the Veterans Home was only partially functioning. They had a mix of incandescent, HID and fluorescent lights. We were able to provide functional lighting on all of the monuments that improved light levels and the quality of light for the monument. As well, the new LED lighting will reduce energy consumption and require less maintenance. Over 15 years, this new lighting will save the Veterans Home more than $12,500 in energy.
While on a tour of the home, we noticed that this hallway was extremely dark. The Superintendent of the Veterans Home’s office is in this hallway, and we thought it would be a nice gesture to improve this area. We reached out to Philips and they were able to provide us with some LED lamps. As you can see it really helps the hallway and shines some much needed lights on the flags and artwork.
“When we heard about this program through RAB, we knew it was something we wanted to do as an organization to give back and show our support,” said Rick Craven. “It was a great experience for us as a team to research and identify a local organization we would be able to help save money and receive the recognition they deserve.”
“The monuments, memorials and paintings look better than ever thanks to the new lighting,” said Rick Gengenbacher, Director of Marketing for the Illinois Veterans Home. “Not only does this beautify our grounds, but the annual energy savings will help us fund other projects to help the Veterans who reside at the Home. We cannot thank French Gerleman and RAB enough for their support of the Illinois Veterans Home.”
The Quincy French Gerleman branch started out as an 8,000 square foot warehouse that focused on automation products, specifically Rockwell Automation. Located at 1700 North 45th Street, our Quincy branch has not only physically grown over the years to our current 17,500 square foot warehouse, but we have also grown our product offerings including products for the construction market, datacom, mechanical power transmission and personal safety supplies.
Quincy might feel like a small town, but this French Gerleman branch is anything but small potatoes. They have access to over $20 million in inventory, but offer the friendly customer service of a small, hometown company, which our customers love. It’s also important to this group to give back to their community, so opportunities like this monument lighting program are exciting to the Quincy team.
To learn more about the Quincy Branch or the RAB monument lighting program, feel free to give us a call at 217-223-3122.