Long-time lighting & furniture component parts supplier Crescent Brass Manufacturer – one of the mainstays at the U.S. Suppliers Show that used to run concurrent with the International Lighting Market in Dallas – has closed.

For the past 111 years, Crescent Brass was a leader in the non-ferrous casting industry, providing customers with high quality cast aluminum, brass, and bronze parts. Many in the industry remember Ivan and Nina Jeffrey, who met at the factory in 1974 and married in 1977. Together, they bought the company in 1981 and were instrumental in getting the U.S. Suppliers Show established and maintained strong relationships in the lighting industry through the years.

Ready to enjoy retirement, the Jeffreys sold Crescent Brass to a group of employees in 2012, but still held stock in the company. At the end of January, the factory stopped production and its inventory of components and tooling went to auction on March 31.

“The two of us spent 40 years of our lives here, building up a solid business and working with some of the finest lighting individuals around the world. We met at Crescent Brass and it was the focus of our lives for that period. While we are overwhelmed with sadness, we have some fabulous memories,” Ivan Jeffrey says.