About Us

History

Innovative Lighting founder, Jerry Handsaker.

Innovative Lighting founder, Jerry Handsaker.

Owner and founder, Jerry Handsaker, graduated from Iowa State University, went on to law school, and practiced law in Iowa for more than 20 years. During that time, in 1993, he launched Innovative Lighting in Algona, Iowa. Innovative Lighting first entered the lighting industry by producing lighting products for the boating industry.

In 1998 Jerry left the practice of law to manage and operate Innovative Lighting full-time. In the year 2000, Innovative Lighting expanded and then moved to Roland, Iowa, and began producing lighting using Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs. As LED lighting evolved, our engineers enhanced the light emitted from these diodes by designing and using proprietary optics to focus the light where it needed to be.

Growth, Success, & More Growth
After 15 years of innovation, success, and achievements, Innovative Lighting expanded technologies yet again. In 2008 the company acquired Hawkeye Molding in Albia, Iowa, where an array of custom-injection molded products are manufactured. Today, quality custom-injection molded products are produced at both facilities in Albia, Iowa, and Roland, Iowa.

Company growth and success continued. In October 2013, Innovative Lighting expanded into a new facility in Ankeny, Iowa.  This expansion allowed Innovative Lighting to produce it’s own circuit boards, provide additional office space for staff, and create a showroom to showcase the company’s new products and technologies. Just four short years later, in October 2017, the Ankeny offices expanded and moved to the heart of downtown Des Moines, Iowa into a larger space with room to accommodate future growth.

Hello to Smart Technology
In 2013 Innovative Lighting broke into the world of PoE— also known as Power over Ethernet. What we first called PoE Lighting Solutions was connected lighting, but not intelligent lighting. What changed that was our IntelliDrive— the heart and soul of our smart lighting system. In 2015 we launched GENISYS PoE Lighting Systems which is the definition of intelligent lighting with hardware & software that powers, controls, and monitors lighting all through a safe, low voltage Ethernet cable. Today, we’ve completed over 70 GENISYS projects from small proof of concepts to large proof of concepts. By yet again, establishing ourselves as an industry leader, we provided intelligent lighting to the first five greenfields, or new builds, in North America to come up out of the ground with any form of PoE technology.

Company

Innovative Lighting is one of the first LED manufacturers in the United States. We offer a diverse product line of technologies including quality LED lighting and custom-injection molded products.

LED Lighting
We provide the most energy efficient, dependable, and technically advanced LED lighting products specializing in: Commercial, Industrial, Office, Refrigeration, Outdoor, Roadway, Marine, Truck, Trailer, and Recreational Vehicles.

Custom-Injection Molding
Precise, high quality molded components are created with our state-of-the-art presses. We assist from beginning to end with part design, coordination of tool building and molding of parts. We provide product design, assembly, and quality control. A variety of materials are available including polycarbonate, polypropylene, polyethylene, Dynaflex, nylon, acrylic, ABS plastic, polymer resin, and PVC.

Locations

Innovative Lighting has three facilities located in the Iowa heartland:

Albia, Iowa
• Custom-Injection Molding Production

Des Moines, Iowa
• Commercial Lighting Division
• GENISYS PoE Lighting Division
• LED Circuit Board Production

Roland, Iowa
• Corporate Headquarters
• Legacy Lighting Division
• Legacy & Commercial Lighting Production
• Custom-Injection Molding Production

Subdivisions

The Innovative Lighting umbrella covers a variety of subdivisions that include various forms of LED Lighting & custom-injection molding solutions.

GENISYS Power over Ethernet Lighting Systems is our subdivision of smart lighting technology. All components in the GENISYS System are low voltage, and is powered, controlled, and monitored through an Ethernet cable. The system is controlled with a user-friendly app and has 90% energy savings over traditional lighting.



Hawkeye Molding is our subdivision that manufactures custom-injection molded products. With two locations, Albia, Iowa, and Roland, Iowa, Hawkeye Molding is ISO certificated and specializes in design, material selection, tooling, and on-time delivery all with high standard of quality.


UltraGREEN is our LED retrofit subdivision. UltraGREEN specializes in every possible kind of commercial retrofit LED lighting including LED warehouse and high bay lighting, fluorescent lamp LED retrofits, LED recessed lights, LED refrigeration lighting, and more.

Awards, Honors, & Certifications

Innovative Lighting has had continued success in the lighting industry including the following awards:

•  Inc. 5000 Honor Roll Alumni Company [2013]
•  Inc. 5000 Award Winner [2009]
•  ISO 9001 Certified [2007 –  present]
•  Inc. 500 America’s 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies Honoree [2005]
•  Inc. 500 America’s 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies Honoree [2004]
•  Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year- Jerry Handsaker [2004]
•  Boating Writers International- Innovation Award Winner [2003]
•  Inc. 500 America’s 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies Award Winner [2003]
•  Motorboating Boatkeeper Award Winner [2003]
•  Inc. 500 Award Winner [2002]