Beckey Bridge gets color options
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MUSCATINE — More than 16 million color options will be available to light up the Norbert F. Beckey Bridge at Muscatine following a dedication ceremony Monday.

Civic leaders, aided by a $100,000 Regional Enhancement Fund grant and $250,000 from Musco Lighting, have worked the past two years on the lighting project.

The 35-year-old Beckey bridge carries Iowa 92 and Illinois 92 traffic over the Mississippi River.

The bridge-lighting project will be the first of its kind.

Instead of using spotlights such as those that illuminate the Great River Bridge at Burlington and Centennial Bridge at Davenport, Muscatine is using light-emitting diode, or LED, lights.

“By installing LED lighting, the bridge will become a decorative feature on the Muscatine riverfront, making Muscatine unique among river towns on the Mississippi River,” said Bill Phelan, head of the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in a press release.

The lighting will span the bridge structure as well as a portion of the deck beams. When illuminated, the lighting on the bridge will appear “soft” and appealing to the eye. Using LED lighting, 16.7 million color options and numerous lighting schemes are available, Phelan said.

Lighting combinations that can be harmonious to the seasons and festivities will be used. The lights will meet a goal a community group, Leadership Muscatine, set when it launched the project. It wanted to permanently illuminate the bridge, allowing creativity, art and technology to uniquely showcase the structure.

The lights will be turned on at a ceremony at 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Burlington has illuminated its bridge with special lights since 1994. It costs the city about $3,000 annually for the 62 beams that emphasize the cable stays. The Iowa Department of Transportation is responsible for the street lights along the highway.

The new Nexxus Commercial Lighting Division will be led by Bill Blackley, Vice President of Sales.

“I want to thank Paul for his efforts and years of dedication to ALS. We appreciate his support in this transition. I know Paul believes in Nexxus and we look forward to working with him as a customer in his new business,” stated Mr. Bauer.

“The benefits of combining these two business units became increasingly apparent over the past year. With their synergistic product lines and ALS’ increasing focus on commercial lighting opportunities, integrating these two business units simply made sense. Among the advantages, this integration will enable us to lower our fixed costs and allow us to proactively align our management strengths and organizational structure to support our growth initiatives,” concluded Mr. Bauer.

“This integration provides a stronger brand image to the market; allows the Company to rationalize its product offerings and garners cost savings from the elimination of duplicate functions,” remarked Mr. Blackley.

As part of the integration, Nexxus closed its Sauk Centre, Minnesota facility, effective February 28. Production has been transferred to Nexxus’ Orlando, Florida facility and to existing contract manufacturers. In the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company will recognize a restructuring charge to earnings. The charge primarily represents non-cash adjustments for goodwill impairment, write-off of intangible assets and certain severance and termination costs paid in stock. Nexxus is reviewing this charge as part of its year end audit process.

Nexxus Lighting is a leader in advanced lighting technology, including solid-state LED and fiber optic lighting systems and controls used in commercial, architectural, signage, swimming pool, entertainment and retail lighting. Nexxus Lighting sells its products through its Commercial Lighting, Lumificient and Nexxus Lighting Pool & Spa divisions under the Array™ Lighting, Savi®, eLum™, LiveLED™, Super Vision® and Lumificient™ brand names.