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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 24, 2017

Sitler’s named fastest growing business

By David Hotle | Jun 26, 2017
Sitler LED Supplies President Jason Prochaska shows the edition of the Corridor Business Journal announcing Sitler was the top growing business in the area.

 

As he rose to accept the award for the fastest-growing business in Eastern Iowa’s Corridor, which covers 4,400 miles and includes Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, Jason Prochaska, president of Sitler LED Supplies, said he was most proud to get the chance to represent Washington at the event.

Recently, Sitler was honored in the Corridor Business Journal, coming in No. 1 on the list of fastest-growing companies. The reseller of specialty light-emitting diode lighting, reportedly increased its revenue nearly 290 percent between 2014 and 2016. The median rate of growth of companies listed in the 25-business list, was 76.31 percent.

“We were proud because we represent Washington,” Prochaska said. “We’ve been here. My dad was a big booster of Washington and was a Chamber of Commerce executive. He tried to draw new business to Washington. Bill and Hazel Sitler were very philanthropic and gave money to causes in town. He was a founding force behind the Washington Betterment Foundation. We take a lot of pride in that.”

Prochaska said the business had a larger growth the previous year, but had not met the deadline for submission. He said in order to apply, tax returns have to be submitted and the winner is determined by the three-year growth.

“A lot of it is getting the right people into place on the sale side and learning more about the LED industry and how lighting can affect things,” Prochaska said, when asked about the reason for the growth. “It was a matter of expanding our customer base.”

Bill and Hazel Sitler formed the business in 1977. Prochaska’s father bought out the business in 1988. Prochaska bought the business in 2000 after his father passed away. Today the business offers specialty lighting, site evaluations, installations and assessments.

“The LED market is still really hot,” he said. “The products we sell from the inception of the business until five years ago changed as LEDs weren’t as prevalent. We were selling photography lighting and medical lighting. In about 2013 we decided to do something different to keep the business viable. That is when LEDs came on.”

Prochaska said the business is covering larger areas of the state and is looking at expanding into other states.

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