Tektite Industries is a vertically-integrated manufacturing company specializing in the design and production of rugged, reliable outdoor, marine, security, and defense equipment. The company was founded in 1990 and has established itself as a leader in the industry, known for its innovative use of LED technology and its commitment to producing high-quality, reliable products.Tektite Industries has been a trusted partner in these industries for several decades, offering a wide range of high-quality strobes, signaling lights, knives, and flashlights.
Unlike many other manufacturers, Tektite brand lights are made in the United States, with the company building it's molds, molding its own plastic parts, assembling its own electronics, and machining and stamping its own metal parts in its New Jersey factory or locally. The company also uses US-made batteries whenever possible and buys US-made machine tools and equipment for its factory.
In addition to its Tektite and Tekna brands, the company also provides private label and custom solutions, and licenses its patented technology to other well-known names in the lighting industry.
One of the key features of Tektite's product line is its connection to the original Tekna company, which was founded by designer and entrepreneur Ralph Osterhout in 1978. The Tekna company was broken up and sold in 1990, with various product lines being sold to different manufacturers. Tektite became involved in the early 1990s by producing diving flashlights for the new Tekna/Ocean Edge scuba company. Tektite acquired the Tekna brand, and production tooling for various Tekna knives and flashlights during 2004-2006. This resulted in re-shoring of the manufacture of those products from Asia and Europe, to the U.S.
Tektite Industries is also a company that is committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility. Tektite's commitment to sustainability extends beyond its manufacturing processes. The company takes the complete product life cycle into consideration when designing its products, using 20% pre-consumer, industrial plastic scrap in its plastic components and recommending the use of zero-mercury US-made alkaline batteries. Its packaging is reusable or recyclable and contains recycled paper and plastics whenever possible. The company also practices energy conservation and recycling, using energy-efficient lighting and machinery controls and implementing single-stream recycling dumpsters, reduction of wastewater, landfill volume, and energy savings.
In addition to these efforts, Tektite also manufactures products that are specifically designed to reduce waste and minimize their impact on the environment. For example, the Mark-Lite provides an environmentally friendly alternative to chemical lightsticks and helps reduce operation costs by 80%. Many diving resort destinations have banned the use of chemical sticks as a result of the availability of this reusable alternative. Also, Tektite custom SOS distress lights have resulted in the reduction of 1 million Pyrotechnic Flares (That’s 300,000 lb. of hazardous waste expired flares) out of landfills/Circulation.
Tektite's commitment to sustainability has been recognized by the state of New Jersey, with the company being named a New Jersey Sustainable Business for three consecutive years. It is clear that Tektite is dedicated to producing high-quality lighting products while also working to reduce its environmental impact and support sustainable business practices.
In addition to its focus on sustainability, Tektite is also committed to supporting the local community. The company works with various local organizations and charities, and has a long history of giving back to the community through donations, sponsorships, and other forms of support. Tektite also works with sheltered workshops, providing job opportunities to disabled persons.
Overall, Tektite Industries is a company that is dedicated to producing high-quality lighting products while also being mindful of its impact on the environment and the community. Its commitment to sustainability and social responsibility makes it a unique and respected player in the industry.
1990- Company formed in September
1991- Produced lights for Ocean Edge/Tekna®
1991- First commercially accepted Chemical Lightstick Alternative®, Mark-Lite®, designed to reduce solid waste produced by chem sticks