Venture Lighting International, an Advanced Lighting company, was founded in 1983 as a metal halide, high intensity discharge lamp manufacturing company based in Cleveland, Ohio. Wayne Hellman began the development of the company after a 16-year career with General Electric, during which he pioneered innovations for metal halide lighting. Fifteen years of developing metal halide for GE convinced Hellman that an opportunity existed for a specialty metal halide lighting company. Hellman, along with a group of marketing and engineering managers from GE, formed Venture Lighting International. Advancements in metal halide technology have extended its use from outdoor applications to commercial, retail and office space. The company offers more than 300 lamp types. The Solon, Ohio headquarters includes a state-of-the-art development and new products manufacturing center. Venture maintains a worldwide network of manufacturing facilities. Quality is sustained through control systems constructed to meet ISO 9001 standards.