May 14, 2018

Honoring an industry legend


The EdisonReport hosted its 3rd annual Lifetime Achievement Awards on May 7, 2018. The event, held in Chicago, IL honored legendary lighting industry leaders, including Peter Thornton Sr., Founder of Focal Point, LLC.

Thornton’s career has spanned decades. The entrepreneur first founded Fail-Safe, a lighting manufacturer specializing in vandal resistant lighting. After selling the company, Thornton endeavored to explore other opportunities in the industry, continuing to make an impact by starting Focal Point in 1994.

The vertically integrated organization, that designs, engineers and manufactures all its luminaires, now employs several hundred Chicago area residents. Thornton humbly remarked, “I walk through the plant and see these people every day, and have to pinch myself.” Thornton continues to be an integral part of the company’s success, whether it is visiting with customers or captivating employees with stories of the challenges and changes he has endured in the industry.

Watch as Peter Thornton Sr. receives the EdisonReport Lifetime Achievement Award.