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    Titusville, Florida
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    From hobby to job

    Passion for Vintage Lighting Takes Couple from Back Yard Hobby to American Manufacturer


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     BarnLight Bryan and Donna Scott received many antiques as wedding gifts, and developed a hobby of refurbishing antique lighting fixtures and selling them on the side. This soon became a multinational manufacturing company that the Scotts run out of their hometown in Titusville, Florida. Though the business has experienced international success since establishing in 2008, the owners make a point to give the company a small-business family atmosphere. "I always tell people I became an accidental business owner," says founder and owner Bryan Scott. "It just happened. It was so successful and grew so much." This story is part of CNN's American Journey series, showing how people have turned hobbies into jobs.
    - MoAlabi, CNN iReport producer

    Like many small business success stories, Barn Light Electric began as a part-time hobby. With a passion for vintage light fixtures, Bryan and Donna Scott would search through antique stores, attend estate sales, and even poke into abandoned buildings looking for lights. The couple, natives of Titusville, Florida, enjoyed restoring American-made barn lights because of the high-quality craftsmanship that had gone into manufacturing these vintage fixtures. But like so many things, quality barn lighting faded away when less expensive manufacturing techniques came into fashion.

    Bryan and Donna decided to make their own line of barn lighting the old-fashioned way using only the highest quality, commercial-grade materials. They found that others shared their passion for vintage lighting and the demand for their fixtures soon exceeded the resources of their back-yard barn.

    The Scotts left their professional careers in 2008 – Bryan an Army veteran and law enforcement officer, Donna a nurse -- to manage their growing business full time. In the last five years, they have hired an eclectic group of employees including recent college graduates, long-time Space Shuttle employees, former coal miners, and even former drug addicts looking for a fresh start.

    The growth of Barn Light Electric has been remarkable considering the growth came during one of the worst economic periods in our country’s history. First located in a small storefront in downtown Titusville, they built a second, larger retail facility and warehouse in 2010. In 2012, the Scotts launched their own porcelain enamel manufacturing facility – a process that hasn’t been seen in this country for more than 50 years.

    Having grown up in the shadow of the Kennedy Space Center in a time when American ingenuity meant everything to this small community, the Scotts know first-hand what hard work and imagination can do. They have built a viable business with customers from Hong Kong to Hollywood and shared their success along the way with worthy causes.

    Today, Barn Light Electric is the only manufacturer of porcelain enamel lighting in America. The shades begin as a flat disc of commercial-grade steel hand spun by metal artisans into the classic barn light shape. The shades are then coated with two layers of porcelain enamel glass and baked in a 1600-degree porcelain oven to produce a high-gloss finish that never fades or corrodes. The Scotts are living their dream of producing high-quality lighting that will last a lifetime for their customers.

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