Innovation in Lighting Since 1947…


One of Paramount’s early company logos.


Paramount’s first Craft Lite® lens was fabricated by B.R. Bailey, the company founder, in the family kitchen in January, 1947. Craft Lites® were marketed by Floodlight Service, Inc. of Flint, Michigan until Paramount Industries was incorporated in 1949. Our Croswell, Michigan manufacturing plant was added in 1960. The company relocated entirely to the Croswell location in the late 1970s, settling in the thumb area near the blue water of Lake Huron.

Paramount has, for over 70 years, been an innovator in the lighting industry. We were the first to design and manufacture industrial lighting luminaires to be installed in the floors and assembly line pits of the automotive plants. We created the first parabolic louvered luminaires in 1958. Paramount was the first manufacturer to address the problems of veiling reflections in radar screens with a luminaire designed for FAA Control Centers in 1959.

Circa 1960, Paramount designed luminaires that could be installed in the floors and assembly line pits of the automotive plants.
Paramount’s founder, B.R. Bailey (center) and staff members demonstrate the strength of Paramount’s luminaires


Energy efficiency has always been a Paramount standard. We made electronic ballasts standard for fluorescent luminaires many years before it became an industry standard.  We introduced one of the first industrial T5 troffers in North America. When we created the first paint booth lite with independent adjustable reflectors on each lamp, to direct light to the task, it allowed us to utilize T8 lamps instead of T12 VHO. With the lighting world transitioning to solid state technology, Paramount was committed to developing LED products that were worthy of carrying the Paramount name. The result is our unique Starduster® LED series that are unmatched in the market. Our products have changed with the needs of the industry, but our commitment to quality is as durable as our luminaires.


Circa 1950, Gulf Oil chose Paramount’s durable Craft Lite luminaires to illuminate their automotive fueling stations.
Circa 1960, NASA chose Paramount to illuminate the rocket testing facility at Edwards AFB for the experimental X-15 Rocket Plane.


Illuminating Your World…

Our transit lighting products are in the tunnels and on the station platforms of subway and elevated trains in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, San Francisco, Chicago, San Diego, Hartford and Atlanta. We have produced special luminaires for schools and military’s shock zone test areas. Many of our NSF Certified luminaires for food processing areas are custom designed and fabricated from stainless steel. We build cleanroom lighting for electronics manufacturers and laboratory work. We have illuminated the mesocosm research area at the Smithsonian Institute, duplicating the Chesapeake Bay.


CTfastrak Rapid Transit System in Hartford, CT chose Paramount’s durable Craft Lite® luminaires to illuminate the outer perimeter of the stations stylish open canopies.
Paramount was selected to build many challenging custom fixtures for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). This striking exterior view is showing how the custom luminaires enhance the decor of the building and provides a safe, well lite environment.
Chesapeake Energy Car Park One upper deck looking down on color coded floor levels. Paramount’s C0 Series Craft Lites® with colored lamp sleeves to designate floor levels were utilized in this colorful parking structure.


We build hazardous location lighting suitable for Class I, Div. 2, Class II, Div. 2, as well as Class III locations. Paramount offers a full line of marine lighting for ships and vessels. We were also contracted to produce luminaires for the oil rig Odyssey, the largest in the world, which was manufactured in Japan and towed to its location in the Gulf of Mexico. Custom luminaire fabrication is part and parcel to the Paramount workday. Engineering experience and manufacturing capabilities that can make it work, as well as value-engineering to fit the bill.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) chose Paramount’s durable Craft Lite® luminaires to illuminate their train service area.
Paramount’s L1 Series and RF9 Series luminaires were used on pedestrian ferry Col. Frank X. Armiger, owned by the State of Louisiana, and operated by the state Department of Transportation and Development. This ferry traverses the Mississippi between Algiers Point and Canal Street in New Orleans.


We have designed and developed luminaires for accelerated aging of pharmaceutical drugs, each unit having up to 56 lamps, three dimming control circuits and climate controlled housings for optimal lumen output. All Paramount luminaires are UL Listed and cUL Listed, and are built by experienced craftsmen.


The Market Street Bridge is a historic landmark spanning the Ohio River, connecting Steubenville, Ohio and Follansbee, West Virginia. Paramount’s durable stainless steel J9 Series luminaires were chosen for illumination along the pedestrian walkway.


Paramount products are manufactured in the USA and meet the guidelines established under the Buy American Act. The products shown on our website are manufactured in the USA with components manufactured from US suppliers. We specifically request “domestically produced steel only, certification required with every shipment” for all steel ordered for the manufacture of Paramount products. This ensures that Paramount meets the Buy American requirements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Our factory is located in Croswell, Michigan and we are a “Made in the USA” company. If ever there is a need to design and produce a luminaire for a tough application, please think of us. Turn to Paramount for High Performance Lighting for Specialized Environments.

California Department of Transportation chose Paramount’s Craft Lite® luminaires for the illuminated seating at the District 7 Headquarters.
The Los Angeles Police Department utilized Paramount’s C0 Series Craft Lites® for their exterior accent lighting.



©1997-2017 Paramount Industries, Inc. 304 North Howard St. PO Box 259 Croswell, MI 48422 800-521-5405 fax 810-679-4045.  All logos remain the property of their corporate owners and are for illustrative purposes only. No corporate endorsement by Paramount Industries have been given, nor is one implied. The P-Mark logo is a trademark of Paramount Industries. All rights reserved.


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