Established in 1987, Northeast Lantern was founded by Skip Heal, a young craftsman who had a vision to open his own shop and to make quality solid brass and copper lighting fixtures. Now, the company has 30 skilled employees, each offering a unique talent for building fixtures. All of Northeast Lantern's lighting fixtures are handcrafted in the USA out of solid brass or copper.
Nearly 30 years since Skip's grand plan started to form, the brand has achieved his goals and more. It's now a family business.
"Northeast Lantern handcrafts traditional colonial style fixtures," said Jamie Heal, Skip's daughter and the director of sales and marketing. "All of our designs are timeless and bring character with old age charm to any home . We take pride in our work and put a lot of attention to detail into every fixture we manufacture."
All of Northeast Lantern's fixtures are made by hand, including its very popular "onion lamps." The parts for each fixture are cut to size and shaped or bent in the fabrication department. The parts are then moved into the soldering department where the frame of the fixture is soldered together. That means the people in the soldering department "play with fire" all day long! The solder is melted using flame torches and aids in the construction of the frame or body of the lanterns. Next, the fixture goes into the finishing department where the specific finish requested is hand applied to the fixture. Finally, once the fixture has dried, it's wired, glassed and shipped.
Northeast Lantern offers a lifetime guarantee and continues to innovate and improve American-made lighting fixtures, maintaining a competitive edge in the industry and keeping up with market demand.