Commercial Light Company

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Commercial Light Company
Type Electrical contractor and engineering company
Founded 1915 (1915)
Founder(s) Aaron Halperin
Headquarters 245 Fenel Lane,
Hillside, Illinois, USA
Key people
Employees 250 (2007)

Commercial Light Company is an Illinois electrical contractor and engineering company, which has performed the electrical work for many Chicago buildings.[1][2][3] It is located at 245 Fenel Lane, Hillside, Illinois, and is one of the village's largest employers.[3][4]


Aaron Halperin, who immigrated to the United States from Kiev in the 1890s, founded the company in 1915.[1][2][3]

The company performed a number of high-profile assignments, including installing lighting systems in Wrigley Field, the John Hancock Center, and O'Hare International Airport.[5][6][7][8] It also lit State Street in Chicago in 1958, making it – according to the Chicago Tribune – the brightest thoroughfare in the world.[9]

In 2007, it had 250 employees. It is one of Hillside's largest employers.[4][10]


Aaron Halperin, its founder, was President of the company.[11] Allan L. Golinkin served as its Secretary and Supervisor of Construction in the early 1920s.[12][13]

Robert Halperin was an executive of the company. He became the company's President in 1959, and rose to become its Chairman in the 1960s.[1][2] In 1989, Tom Halperin was its President.[14]


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  7. ^ Toni Ginnetti (July 26, 1988). "Grenesko's night is bright". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  8. ^ Linda Young (August 8, 1988). "Tender, Loving Planning Helps Preserve a Shrine". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ Russell Freeberg (November 14, 1958). "State Street is Brightest Thorofare in the World with New Lighting System". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  10. ^ Directory of Corporate Affiliations; Volume 4. National Register Pub. Co. 1998. ISBN 0-87217-212-0. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Heads Bank's Affiliate; Arthur Reynolds Made Chairman of Continental Illinois Company". The New York Times. January 6, 1932. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Club Notes". The City Club Bulletin; A Journal of Active Citizenship (The City of Chicago). January 17, 1921. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  13. ^ University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign campus) Alumni Association (1919). The Alumni quarterly and fortnightly notes, Volumes 5–7. University of Illinois Alumni Association. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  14. ^ "IBEW Journal". IBEW. 1989. Retrieved July 13, 2011.