Q-Tran has been a family-owned business since its founding by John Tremaine in 1990. The Tremaine family has been in lighting since 1889, which is the longest family tenure in continuous lighting manufacturing. With a combined 248 years of experience, a Tremaine has been in the lighting business for 132 consecutive years and counting.
Proud to be an American company focused on customer experience and grounded in trust, integrity and teamwork, Q-Tran is committed to continuing its leadership in the architectural lighting space by providing quality, innovative LED lighting products. and the best power supplies for exacting applications.
- 132 years of experience in the lighting industry
- Unparalleled customer support from order entry to delivery to installation
- Easy product line specification
- State-of-the-art facility and world class innovation team
Q-Tran has been a family-owned business since its founding in 1990, and the Tremaine family, with six generations involved in the family lighting business from 1889 to the present, is the oldest family in the world in continuous lighting manufacturing.
The family has been in the lighting business for 132 years and counting, with a combined 246 years of experience.
Proud to be an American company focused on customer experience and grounded in trust, integrity and teamwork, Q-Tran is committed to continuing its leadership in the architectural lighting space by providing quality innovative LED products and the best power supplies for exacting applications.
John TremaineFounder, Chairman, Co-CEO
Jim BinchCo-CEO, COO
Ken MarchettiVP of Operations
Shannon MarkeyVP of Sales
Mike KelleyDirector of Product Development
Phil GirardVP of Business Development
The Tremaine Family
131 Years in the Lighting Industry
247 Years Combined Experience
Burton G. Tremaine Sr.1889–1948
Just a decade after Edison invented the lightbulb, Burton G. Tremaine Sr. founds the Fostoria Incandescent Lamp Company in Fostoria, Ohio, one of the first companies in the world to make incandescent light bulb lamps.
With financial backing from General Electric, Tremaine establishes a new company called the National Electric Lamp Company.
The National Electric Lamp Company undergoes a name change to become the National Electric Lamp Association (NELA).
Tremaine and his partner, Franklin Silas Terry, begin building what will become a revolutionary corporate campus. Located in East Cleveland, Ohio, Nela Park was the first industrial park in the world and now serves as the headquarters for GE's Lighting & Electrical Institute.
NELA is dissolved and becomes part of GE, though Tremaine remains on the board of GE until his death in 1948.
The Fostoria Incandescent Lamp Company ceases operations.
Tremaine purchases Edward Miller and Company, a highly respected manufacturer of lighting products based in Meriden, Connecticut, and renames it The Miller Company. The Miller Company becomes the Tremaine family business and is known as a manufacturer of the highest quality lighting fixtures.
Burton G. Tremaine Jr.1930–1991
Burton G. Tremaine Jr. takes over management of The Miller Company.
Tremaine is named president of The Miller Company.
The first public demonstration of the fluorescent lamp takes place at the World's Fair in New York. Within a year, wide-scale manufacturing of fluorescent light fixtures begins.
The Miller Company pioneers the continuous wireway for fluorescent light system.
All Miller's production is commandeered for essential wartime needs, including lighting for hundreds of new factories.
The Miller Company emerges from World War II stronger financially.
Burton G. Tremaine III1947–2002
Burton G. Tremaine III joins the company as a management trainee.
Tremaine becomes an executive vice president.
Tremaine becomes president of The Miller Company and his father, Burton G. Tremaine Jr., becomes chairman of the board.
The Miller Company breaks ground for an expanded factory in Meriden, Connecticut.
John Tremaine Sr.
Burton G. Tremaine Jr. takes over management of The Miller Company.
The company opens a new factory in Martin, Tennessee.
Tremaine moves to Atlanta to work in sales representing the company.
Tremaine starts a lighting sales agency called Star Lighting Sales to boost the sales capabilities of the company.
Fascinated by new lighting technology that The Miller Company is not exploring, Tremaine leaves the family business and goes to work for SPI Lighting.
Tremaine moves to Connecticut and works in sales management for the company for two years.
Tremaine opens a high-tech lighting showroom called PRIMO Lighting and Design in Norwalk, Connecticut. It is the first European-style lighting showroom in the U.S. and includes a lighting design firm to provide customers with creative alternatives to functional lighting.
The Miller Company sells its lighting division to Orange, Connecticut-based Harvey Hubbell Inc.
Seeing performance and quality flaws in the existing lighting power supply centers, Tremaine designs a low voltage power supply that eliminates noise and heat, enhances the quality of light output, and is safe, reliable, and convenient. The resulting product is the patented Q-Tran Power Supply Center.
Q-Tran is incorporated as a business. Until 2000 it is located in the basement of PRIMO, operating as a separate company.
Q-Tran completes its first full year of sales and manufacturing for its low voltage lighting power supply centers.
Q-Tran power supply centers start national distribution, and international shortly thereafter.
John Tremaine Jr. ("Gean")
After serving as a sales manager for Stran & Company, where he won an award for achieving significant annual revenue in 1997, John Tremaine Sr.'s son, John Tremaine Jr. ('Gean'), joins the company as National Sales Manager, becoming the fifth generation of the Tremaine family to be a part of the business.
Gean Tremaine is named Q-Tran's Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Q-Tran wins the Design Excellence LFI Innovation Award and Best of Category Innovation Award in Landscape, Pool and Fountain lighting products, for its Direct Burial Q-Set and Q-Vault Series in Q-Scape, the first electrical infrastructure for landscape lighting.
Q-Tran moves to Milford, Connecticut, where it is still located today.
Q-Tran develops the QT series of LED power supplies, designed to be the quietest, most efficient, safest, most versatile, and longest-lasting power supply in the industry.
Q-Tran develops an entire line of DC power supply centers for interior and exterior LED applications.
Q-Tran introduces linear LED lighting.
Gean Tremaine is named Chief Operating Officer of Q-Tran.
John Tremaine Sr. becomes the chairman of Q-Tran when his son, John Tremaine Jr. (who goes by 'Gean' after his middle name, McGean), is named president.
Gean Tremaine is named president of Q-Tran; his father, John Tremaine Sr., remains CEO.
Tremaine starts a new company, Tremaine Inc., offering innovative lighting and wiring solutions.
Burton T. Tremaine (Tyler)
John Tremaine Sr.'s nephew, Tyler Tremaine, joins Q-Tran.
Hunter C. Tremaine
John Tremaine Sr.'s younger son, Hunter Tremaine, joins Tremaine Inc.