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North American Lighting Overview

Paris, IL
5001 to 10000 employees
1983
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
North American Lighting, Inc., member of the Koito Group of Companies, is the largest Tier-1 automotive exterior lighting supplier in North America. As the market share leader for both headlamps and signal lamps, NAL provides lamp assemblies to virtually all automotive ... Read more

Mission: Our driving purpose is to dramatically improve roadway safety by developing innovative lighting technologies.

It’s a bold vision we’re driven to bring to light.

Company Updates

  • COVID-19

    May 1, 2020 Valued NAL Team Members, I hope this message finds you and your families healthy and safe. I can’t wait until we visit in person versus having to connect through letters like this. Nevertheless, thank you for taking the time to read another note as I find it important to share updates with you about our ongoing and everchanging situation. Continue reading this message from NAL's President and COO at the link below:

  • NAL is proud to contribute to our supplier, Koller Craft, LLC's efforts to produce face shields for St. Louis, MO front-line health care workers. Koller Craft is a family owned provider of plastic injection molding components. They are ingeniously repurposing the large bands we use to keep headlamp housing racks in position during transit, as the strap for the fabricated face shields. So far, Koller Craft has supplied 3,000 face shields and plans to build another 4,000. We commend Koller Craft as they supply their community health care workers with necessary PPE to face COVID-19. Awesome job, Koller Craft!

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North American Lighting – Why Work With Us?


Dear Future NAL Team Member,

My name is Kirk Gadberry and I have the privilege of serving as North American Lighting’s President & COO.  I have had the distinct pleasure of working at NAL for nearly 27 years.  During this time, I have witnessed astounding growth and dramatic technological changes.  When I joined NAL in 1992 we had approximately 1,000 team members and $100 million in annual sales revenue.  Today, the NAL team is comprised of 5,700 employees with 2018 revenue exceeding $1.5 billion. 

NAL is fortunate to have Koito Manufacturing Co. as our parent company, as that uniquely positions us to offer world-class advanced lighting technologies to our North American customers. As an example, we are on the brink of producing products such as Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB) headlamps that effectively allow for fulltime high beam usage without concerns for glare affecting other vehicles.  Even more advanced is our cutting-edge sensing technologies that will soon be placed in headlamps and signal lamps.  These will facilitate autonomous driving and communication with other vehicles and your surroundings. 

The future of automotive lighting technology is an exciting one.  Never in our history has the future been so bright.  With great employees, a great parent company, and great customers, NAL is prepared to lead the way for the next generation of automotive lighting.  I encourage you to check out our employee reviews, which are consistently filled with positive remarks about working at NAL.  Employees describe NAL as having, “excellent benefits”, “great career advancement”, “competitive pay” and “great co-workers”. 

Let me close by challenging you to consider joining the NAL team.  We are experiencing tremendous growth and are actively pursuing the best talent in North America.  If you feel you have such qualities, please dig deeper into our company and consider one of our many open positions, which can be found at jobs.nal.com.  I look forward seeing you at work one day!

 

Best Regards,
Kirk Gadberry

Our driving purpose is to dramatically improve roadway safety by developing innovative lighting technologies that:

  • Enhance driver vision and response time
  • Increase pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle visibility
  • Reduce on-coming and rear-approaching high beam glare
  • Extend safe beam range farther ahead, around corners and onto the right shoulder
  • Automate lighting systems through the use of active sensors, cameras, washers and driver alerts

At NAL, we believe in our employees's health, wellbeing and future. Join our team and take advantage of our Total Rewards package including:
  • Competitive salaries
  • Three highly rated health plans to choose from
  • Dental and vision coverage
  • Company-paid life, short/long-term disability insurance
  • Company contributions to your 401k with no match required
  • Profit sharing plan
  • Paid vacation days
  • 10 company holidays and paid plant shutdown
  • Supplier discounts on new vehicles
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Gym membership program and gym reimbursements 

NAL also offers relocation assistance to help employees move to the area. Select positions are eligible for the following assistance:

  • Hiring allowance
  • Temporary living benefits
  • House hunting trips
  • Travel allowance to move to new residence

NAL is celebrating over 80 years of collaboration and innovation. We are pioneers in automotive lighting from LEDs to adaptive driving beams, and are now pursuing the latest technology in autonomous driving. We operate according to kaizen management principles, which means we manage, measure and improve everything we do. NAL’s engineers work with the vehicle manufacturers from concept to product launch in tailoring lighting products to new model specifications.

 Learn more about the innovation taking place at NAL’s Silicon Valley Lab.

-Amit Mehta, Sr. Business Development Manager 

I started my career at NAL in 2014 unaware of the potential growth over the next few years.  NAL, as an automotive tier 1 exterior lighting supplier, has not only focused on delivering quality products to OEMs such as Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Ford and GM, but they have also invested heavily in their employees to ensure satisfaction and show appreciation.

Job Satisfaction: Being part of a company that structures their architecture based on safety is a privilege. In 2016 35,000 fatalities occurred on US roadways alone. NALs mission is to provide not only stylishly branded headlights but also to improve the functional safety of exterior lighting thereby increasing visibility and hopefully reducing fatalities. The opportunity to see the value added to the end product design and implementation on a vehicle was very satisfying to me.

Growth: The industry is growing rapidly and NAL is keeping up with the pace. They are not only focusing on core business but have also started to innovate in order to support a new era of transportation that is, autonomous driving. With so much diversification in activity taking place, structured career growth for employees has been clearly defined by managers and our Human Resources department. NAL also focuses on continuous training to support its employees and prepare them for future.

Social Impact: NAL consistently supports the community and continues to find ways to give back. Browsing our Linkedin or Facebook page will allow you to see the magnitude of our impact. Management is also always open to new ideas on how to support the community. 

Innovation: NAL understands the value of innovation and has never been one to become complacent. We follow the kaizen philosophy of continuous improvement and have established an office Silicon Valley to focus on finding startups in the mobility space that align with our vision of making transportation as safe as possible. 

Management: I have worked at many different companies but find NAL’s management to be most competent in terms of product knowledge, strategy development, decision making, and execution. They understand and respect employees and cultivate a working environment that allows us vocalize improvements in design or express conflicts in the work place. 

Salary and Benefits: NAL has developed a higher than industry standard compensation package. NAL understands the value of education and supports those interested in pursuing their degrees. 

Whether you want to focus on solving difficult engineering challenges, making the community a better place, or expressing your ideas, NAL is definitely the place for you. 


 

North American Lighting Reviews

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Paris, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Paris, IL
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at North American Lighting full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits for the area

    Cons

    The plants have to work lots of overtime.

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North American Lighting Photos

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North American Lighting Interviews

Experience

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Getting an Interview

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    Interview

    Best way to be contacted is to get the resume directly to someone in the team and eventually the hiring manager.

    Basic screening call from HR, salary expectations, starting dates etc.

    Called on site for an about 45min in person interview with hiring manager followed by basic geometric optics test for optical comprehension.

    Reply provided within 1 week, negotiated salary once after receiving job offer

    Interview Questions

    • Basics of geometric optic design(sketches):
      1. How will parallel light rays deviate through a concave/convex optic?
      2. Concept of a fresnel lens?
      3. Critical angle for TIR for common plastic media.   Answer Question
    • How proficient are you with surface design in CATIA?   Answer Question
    • Physical meaning of some optical terms and their units:
      Luminous Intensity
      Luminance
      Illuminance
      Luminous flux   Answer Question
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North American Lighting Awards & Accolades

  • Nissan Monozukuri Spirit Award, Nissan North America, 2018
  • Ameren Illinois Energy Savings Project Winner, Ameren Illinois, 2018
  • Superior Launch Performance, Toyota Motor North America, 2017
  • Excellent Launch Performance, Toyota Motor North America, 2017
  • Ford Motor Company’s Gold World Excellence Award, Ford Motor Company, 2017
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Pay Equality Pledge

Committed to paying equitably for equal work & experience

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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