New facility increases EO’s domestic manufacturing and design capabilities

TUCSON, Ariz.— Edmund Optics® Inc. (EO), a provider of optical and imaging components, has opened a new assembly and advanced design facility that will support advanced design efforts and high-volume manufacturing services, the company said in a release.

The Tucson facility, measuring more than 21,000 square feet, will support clean room assembly and incoming inspection with numerous testing capabilities, such as MTF, straylight, thermal cycle, shock, and vibration. It will give customers access to more sophisticated commercial and ITAR compliant offerings at a regional location on the West Coast, the company said.

“We are pleased to be able to now provide additional design and assembly services for our customer’s most demanding and complex applications,” said Greg Hollows, vice president of Edmund Optics’ imaging business unit, in the release.

The new facility will also create technology jobs in Tucson. Edmund Optics has already hired six new engineers at the facility and plans to bring in additional technical and skilled assembly talent over the course of the year, according to the release.

Edmund Optics is a global supplier of optics, imaging, and photonics technology. The company has served a variety of markets—including life sciences, biomedical, industrial inspection, semiconductor, R&D, and defense—since 1942. Edmund Optics designs and manufactures a wide array of optical components, multi-element lenses, imaging systems, and optomechanical equipment, while supporting OEM applications with volume production of stock and custom products.

“This new facility will allow Edmund Optics to build a larger collaborative partnership with Arizona Optics Initiative (AOI) and the Arizona Technology Council (AZTC),” said Robert Edmund, CEO and chairman of the board of EO, in the release. “It solidifies our commitment to Tucson and AZTC Optics Valley initiatives.”

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