Zeiss ‘Crafting Success’ Tour Launches Across America

By Staff
Monday, October 17, 2016 12:00 AM SAN DIEGO—A roomful of ODs raised glasses of tasty craft brew at Stone Brewing Company here on Aug. 9, at the premier of “Crafting Success.” This was the first of a 10-city tour across America that aims to share learnings in business challenges between independent craft brewers and independent optometric practices.

Zeiss Celebrates 200th Birthday of its Founder

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Monday, October 17, 2016 12:00 AM JENA, Germany—Zeiss threw a birthday party here for Carl Zeiss, its founder and namesake, on Sept. 11, 2016, 200 years after he was born in the town of Weimar. The mechanic opened a small workshop for precision mechanics and optics in Jena in 1846, laying the foundation for today’s global technology player Zeiss.

Egma Ceases U.S. Operations

By Staff
Friday, October 7, 2016 12:24 AM DALLAS—Egma LLC, a lens company and wholesale laboratory located here, announced Wednesday that it is ceasing its U.S. operations.

Hilco Expands European Presence With Two Acquisitions in the Netherlands

By Staff
Friday, September 23, 2016 12:30 AM PLAINVILLE, Mass.—Hilco Vision is expanding its presence in Europe through the acquisition of two Netherlands-based optical companies, Optiplus and Proteye.

J&J Expands Eyecare Portfolio With Abbott Medical Optics Deal

By Staff
Friday, September 16, 2016 3:45 PM NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—Johnson & Johnson moved to strengthen its eye health product portfolio  with a $4.325 billion deal to acquire Abbott Medical Optics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Abbott Laboratories.

Robertson Optical Laboratories Named Unity Lab of the Year

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Friday, September 2, 2016 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Optics Group, a division of VSP Global, has named Robertson Optical Laboratories, Inc. as the “Unity Independent Lab of the Year.”

Industry Veteran Bill Hernandez Dies at 87

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Friday, September 2, 2016 12:18 AM DUNNELLON, Fla.—Bill Hernandez, founder of Practical Systems, Inc. (PSI) passed away Aug. 22, 2016 at age 87. He was fondly known by many in the industry and was inducted into the Optical Industry Hall of Fame in 2012.

Zeiss to Redesign Kentucky Operations Center

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12:24 AM
HEBRON, Ky.—Carl Zeiss Vision is planning a major redesign of its operations center here that would significantly expand the facility’s capabilities and the company’s work force.

The Vision Council Names Directors’ Choice Honoree and Hall of Fame Inductees

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Monday, August 29, 2016 2:00 PM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Lab Division of The Vision Council announced the industry veterans who will be recognized during the Directors’ Choice Award and 17th Annual Lab Division Hall of Fame celebration on Sept. 14.

Diversified Ophthalmics Names Ronald Cooke Jr. EVP

By Staff
Monday, August 15, 2016 12:30 AM CINCINNATI—Ronald Cooke, Jr. will be joining Diversified Ophthalmics, Inc., and the ECP Network, as executive vice president, according to Dr. Ronald F. Cooke, chairman of the board and CEO of Diversified Ophthalmics, Inc.

GSRx Launches Proper Optics: Complete, Affordable Eyewear for Independents

By Andrew Karp
Monday, August 15, 2016 12:00 AM SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—GSRx, a supplier of frames, lenses and lab services based here, is introducing Proper Optics, a consumer-facing brand and in-store marketing concept. Proper Optics is designed to give independent eyecare practices what GSRx describes as “complete, premium eyewear at a price point that allows them to retain more patients in their optical, increase second pair sales and attract new patients.”

Essilor of America Acquires US Optical, Second Largest Independent Lab

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Friday, July 29, 2016 10:35 AM EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Essilor of America announced today that it has acquired a majority stake in US Optical, an East Syracuse, N.Y.-based wholesale optical laboratory with around $35 million in annual revenue.

Walman Expands Its Instruments Division With Eye Care Alliance Acquisition

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Friday, July 8, 2016 12:21 AM MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Walman is expanding its Walman Instruments division through the acquisition of Eye Care Alliance (ECA), an Apex, N.C. company that specializes in the refurbishment, repair and support of advanced technology instrumentation such as OCTs (Optical Coherence Tomography) and automated perimeters.

Satisloh Expands North American Headquarters

By Staff
Monday, June 27, 2016 12:24 AM GERMANTOWN, Wis.—Satisloh North America recently completed a 13,000 square foot addition to its warehouse here as well as moving its training program into space vacated by another tenant.

Warby Parker to Open Its First Fully-Owned Optical Lab

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Friday, June 24, 2016 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Warby Parker said it will open a new 34,000 square-foot optical laboratory in Sloatsburg, N.Y., a town in Rockland County, just north of New York City.