When Bryan and Donna Scott left their professional careers in 2008 to run their fledgling business full-time, their dream was to revive the art of manufacturing porcelain enamel lighting in this country. They saw their dream come true when their first fixtures came rolling out of the porcelain oven they purchased in Italy and were assembled in their manufacturing facility in Mims. Barn Light Electric is the only company in America manufacturing porcelain enamel lighting.
From its beginnings in 2007 through 2009, Barn Light Electric sales reached $2.5 million before doubling to over $5 million in 2010. By 2012, sales reached $9.8 million, and its employee base has grown from a handful in 2009 to more than 100 people today.
Recognized for its quality, American-made products by numerous organizations including the Martha Stewart American Made Awards, Barn Light was featured this year by both CNN and CNBC in stories focusing on how the Scotts turned their one-time hobby into a successful business.
Their outlook for next year is bright, with their new manufacturing facility running at full speed to fill orders coming in from homeowners, architects, designers, builders, commercial business owners, and from Barn Light Australia. The company expects to increase its workforce by approximately 35 percent within the next three years.
“When industry experts told us that porcelain was dead and could not be revived, we were not discouraged but were more determined than ever to revive the art. We learned that even when people tell you something can’t be done, hard work and ingenuity pay off in the long-run.”