After PPE sales ‘saved my business’ in 2020, Southbury company owner looks to the future

Shaun H. Ruff

When COVID-19 hit in March 2020, Scott Schaake’s business was greatly impacted like so many others around the world. With businesses closing their doors and offices moving remote, being unable install lighting in those buildings became problematic.

Because of that, the future of the business was up in the air.

Schaake, the owner and president of USA LED Lighting Solutions, had to think quick. The business, originally known as Tiger Technologies LLC, evolved under its new name in 2010 and manufactures, retrofits, installs and sells lighting predominantly for commercial buildings.

“COVID-19 started injuring our business in March 2020,” the owner of the Southbury-based business, said. “From March-August in 2020 our USA LED company had no business. We couldn’t produce any sales. During those six months at the height of the pandemic building owners weren’t able to allow us to make installations. We couldn’t call on businesses to produce a new pipeline of clients and customers.”

Struggling to find a way for his business to survive, Schaake took advantage of a perfect storm of events that led to a new business opportunity.

Schaake’s wife Betty is a nurse and he knew firsthand about the need for PPE in the health industry, in particular the need for masks.

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