Chauvet a privately held South Florida-based manufacturer of entertainment lighting fixtures, broke ground on a new facility with a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 15.
The company, under the direction of husband-and-wife Albert and Berenice Chauvet, will build a 65,000 square-foot-building on 3.69 acres located at 5200 NW 108th Ave., Sunrise, to house its worldwide headquarters and include marketing, technical support, sales, sourcing, quality control and shipping operations.
The eco-friendly facility will include a number of “green” features including buffer and green space surrounding the building and an extensive skylight system to optimize natural lighting and allow considerable energy savings. In the shipping area, a state-of-the-art inventory control system will decrease turn-around time and increase efficiency in processing orders.
CHAUVET, with a staff of 70, is a major innovator, developer and manufacturer, leading the lighting entertainment market in terms of design, flexibility and options. CHAUVET luminaries are sold through a global network of dealers and distributors.
Over the past 15 years, the company has grown into one of the largest manufacturers of Disc Jockey lighting equipment worldwide and is again expanding with sophisticated lighting products targeting the production, installation, church, club and architectural lighting markets with manufacturing based in Asia.
The company is also pursuing emerging “green” technologies in energy-efficient LED illumination. This technology helps reduce CO2 emissions and reduces the need for power plant expansion.
Albert Chauvet, who was born in Haiti and educated in Miami, purchased a rope lighting company in 1990. He ran the one-man operation from a warehouse in North Miami Beach until he outgrew the space and moved to a facility in Sunrise. In 1998, he purchased a 10,000-square foot office/warehouse building in Hollywood as headquarters for the company. However, the company quickly outgrew that space. It now leases two additional warehouses, totaling 35,000 square feet, for storage and shipping.
Chauvet credits his success to the company’s motto – Value, Innovation and Performance. “We recognize that our customer is this wonderful mix of an artist, a technician and a business person,” he said. “So we strive on providing the biggest bang and ‘wow’ for the buck.”