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North American Lighting Overview

Paris, IL
5001 to 10000 employees
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 automotive lighting manufacturer in North America and has been manufacturing automotive lighting systems for vehicle manufacturers since 1983. NAL is a pioneer in automotive lighting from LEDs ... 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

  • NAL held a signing day ceremony on Tuesday, September 4th to recognize five new apprentices enrolled in the NAL Technical Apprenticeship program sponsored by the Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT).

    "We feel our support of programs such as this are imperative to the future success of NAL,” stated Chad Thompson, Corporate Human Resources General Manager. “High Schools and colleges need our support just like for athletic programs to insure they are providing competitive programs to support students in the job market.”

    Read the full article below.

    North American Lighting Hosts Unique Signing Cermeony for Five Students Declaring Apprenticeships

    PARIS, IL. September 6, 2018 -North American Lighting, Inc. (NAL) held a signing day ceremony on Tuesday, September 4th to recognize five new apprentices enrolled in the NAL Technical Apprenticeship program sponsored by the Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT). ICATT Apprenticeship Program Manager, Andreas Lorenz, joined NAL in celebrating the new apprentices at the signing ceremony.

  • Happy #NationalInternDay to our 53 interns! What better way to show these students how they can play an active role in the automotive manufacturing industry than visiting some of NAL's customers, including Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Indiana (TMMI). Interns got an up close look at the supply chain process and were able to see NAL’s headlights and taillights being installed on automobiles. #seewhatsahead #NAL #weloveourinterns
    Pictured: Corporate and Paris Plant interns.

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North American Lighting – Why Work For Us?

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. 


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    "I love working at Nal, it has a great work family balance."

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    There is a lot of growth here. We are always looking for ways to improve our processes. Employees and management are amazing. Benefits are wonderful and the 401 match is outstanding. The pay is great for our area.


    My challenge is the time difference since I love in Indiana. However I work 7-4, which translates to 8-5 IN time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing! Promotion of working like a team is the key!

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North American Lighting Photos

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North American Lighting Interviews



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    Anonymous Employee in Paris, IL
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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at North American Lighting (Paris, IL) in July 2018.


    Applied online, Phone Interviewed with direct hiring manager, Onsite Interview with HR department employees including human resource generalist, HR Sr. recruiter, and three department head managers, all for about 30 minutes a piece

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North American Lighting Awards & Accolades

  • Nissan Monozukuri Spirit Award, Nissan North America, 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
  • Excellent Value Improvement, Toyota, 2016
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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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