BIC, a Milford-based manufacturer of stationery, lighter, and shaver products, is celebrating the 40th birthday of the BIC® lighter.

“Each day consumers choose to buy more than six million BIC lighters throughout the world; many of these lighters are manufactured right here in Milford, Ct.,” the company said in a prepared release.

Nearly 400 people are employed in Bic’s Lighter Manufacturing and Fuel Cell Research and Development Facilities in Milford and its North American headquarters in Shelton.

The event will announce and present 11 national winners of the BIC® “Best of You” lighter design contest, whose personal designs were submitted online and selected out of more than a thousand entries.

Winners will be given the opportunity to see their design being applied to the BIC lighter live at the Milford lighter factory. The designs will be found in retail outlets across the nation later this year.