Company Timeline

Mid-West Wholesale Lighting Corporation was founded in 1963 by Max Frandzel at the age of 47 – an age when most people start planning for retirement. He opened Mid-West’s doors in November 1963, at 601 N. La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, California. At first, Max ran the business by himself, later getting help from his two sons, Alan and Bob.

In 1975, along with five employees, the company moved to its now current location at 5250 Hollywood Boulevard. They opened their doors with a complete lighting showroom and stocked and displayed every type of lighting – decorative fixtures and chandeliers, track, recessed, low voltage, ballasts, fluorescent, HID, along with lamps to suit every need.

Now with a staff of over 35 people, Mid-West continues to meet and exceed the expectations of its customers and vendors. Their salespeople are still regarded as some of the most knowledgeable in the lighting industry. Mid-West continues to be a third-generation, family-owned business.

Company Timeline

  • 1963

    Mid-West Wholesale Lighting Corporation opens for business.

  • 1972

    Mid-West Wholesale Lighting moves to new building at their current location at 5250 Hollywood Blvd.

  • 1976

    John Thies joins Mid-West Lighting as a salesman.  Ultimately, John ascended to Sales Manager and retired recently as General Manager after 42 years of service to the company.  John has been responsible for many successful projects at Mid-West including our famous Lighting Affairs, the remodeling of our building, the development of National Accounts, and maintaining the high quality of our customer service and the great relationships we have with our vendors.

  • 1985

    David Frandzel joins Mid-West Lighting, starts working in the warehouse. (3rd Generation)

  • 1986-89

    Mid-West hosts its famous Lighting Affair at the Sheraton-Universal Hotel in Universal City, celebrating 25 years in business.

  • 1990

    Mid-West opens a Retail Designer Lighting Showroom on La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles.

  • 1997-2002, 2004

    Mid-West hosts their famous Lighting Affairs at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

  • 2013

    Mid-West celebrates 50 years of business.

  • 2018

    John Thies announces his retirement at the end of the year.


Mid-West Wholesale Lighting Corporation
5250 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027-4913
(323) 957-6000
Open Mon - Fri 7:00am to 5:00pm