Titusville’s Abby Hull Enjoys Being Part of Company That Plays Important Role In Community
By Space Coast Daily // September 3, 2016
Lead Powder Coater for Barn Light Electric
BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA — While Abby Hull fully plans to enjoy the upcoming Labor Day weekend, she also looks forward to the Tuesday after.
As the Lead Powder Coater for Barn Light Electric in Titusville, Florida, Hull recalls just a few years ago when she had no job to return to after the holiday.
Jobs were hard to come by in her small hometown that saw 8,000 jobs cut when the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011. But Hull learned to powder coat from a friend and had some experience. She heard that the new lighting manufacturer in town was hiring so she stopped by.
“The lady at the desk told me the only open position was in powder coating,” Hull recalls. “I told her that was great because I had seven years of experience doing just that.”
The receptionist said, “Don’t move,” and the rest, as they say, is history. Hull is a vital part of the growing workforce at Barn Light Electric which continues to prosper in its ninth year of business.
According to owner Bryan Scott, the most important decision he made in the early years was remaining committed to creating products that are American made and manufactured.
“We’ve built a strong following here in the USA and even abroad with customers who want to buy American-made products,” Scott says. “American made means quality products, jobs for local people, and a strong local and state economy.”
While many lighting manufacturers produce fixtures less expensively overseas, Scott prefers to consider not only his profit margin but his local community.
“We look at what we’re doing for this town, the state of Florida, and the more than 100 passionate people we put to work every day making quality, handcrafted lighting,” Scott says.
“When our employees take Monday off to celebrate, they can be proud that they earned this day of rest and relaxation.”
COWORKERS HAVE BECOME FAMILY
Hull said she enjoys being part of a company that plays an important role in her community and gives her the opportunity to be creative.
“Whenever we have a long weekend, I’m ready to come back to work,” Hull adds. “I love the team atmosphere here and my coworkers have become my family.”
“Everyone here is an artist. We’re not just pushing buttons on a machine to make something,” she says.
“We’re building and creating. It’s nice to see our work go from a raw piece of metal to something very eye-catching and beautiful. We’re all proud to play our part in making these products right here at home.”
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