VMail Samples Industry Reactions, Still Unfolding, to Proposed Essilor-Luxottica Merger

By Staff
Monday, January 23, 2017 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Almost immediately after Essilor and Luxottica announced their merger plan on Jan. 16, questions and theories began to swirl about how the long rumored mega-deal, valued at nearly €50 billion, would impact the optical industry in North America and internationally.

VMail Samples Industry Reactions, Still Unfolding, to Proposed Essilor-Luxottica Merger

By Staff
Monday, January 23, 2017 12:15 AM

NEW YORK—Almost immediately after Essilor and Luxottica announced their merger plan on Jan. 16, questions and theories began to swirl about how the long rumored mega-deal, valued at nearly €50 billion, would impact the optical industry in North America and internationally.

Essilor’s Independent Distributor Division Celebrates 2016 Award Winners

By Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:30 AM COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—At Essilor of America’s national sales meeting, held here last week, the company’s Independent Distribution Division (IDD) recognized selected independent laboratory partners for outstanding achievements.

Green Brothers Launch New Wholesale Lab in Michigan

By Andrew Karp
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:00 AM AUBURN HILLS, Mich.—Mike and Bernie Green are back in the optical lab business, following a decade-long hiatus from the industry. The Green brothers, who previously owned and operated Great Lakes Coating, opened Green Optics, a 24,000 square foot lab, here in early 2016.

Warby Parker Opens First Fully Owned Optical Lab in New York State

By Staff
Friday, January 13, 2017 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Following a plan it announced in mid-2016, Warby Parker has opened its first company-owned optical lab, a 34,000-square-foot facility in the Rockland County area of New York State.

Haag-Streit Expands Distributor Partnership With Walman Instruments

By Staff
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 12:21 AM MASON, Ohio—Haag-Streit USA and Reliance Medical Products has announced a new national authorized distributor partnership with Walman Instruments, beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

Hoya Vision Care Acquires Pinnacle Optical

By Staff
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 12:27 AM LEWISVILLE, Texas—Hoya Vision Care announced that is has acquired Pinnacle Optical, a full-service wholesale laboratory in Birmingham, Ala.

Global Optics Adds Associate Members and Expands Focus with 3PL Services

By Staff
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 12:24 AM GREEN BAY, Wis.—Global Optics Inc., which provides consolidated purchasing and proficient logistical solutions and distribution to independent optical labs, is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance as it repositions itself for the future.

Satisloh, Weima Sign Exclusive Agreement for Lab Waste Disposal Technology

By Staff
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 12:15 AM GERMANTOWN, Wis.—Satisloh signed an exclusive worldwide distributor agreement with Weima GmbH that brings Weima’s briquetting technology to the ophthalmic manufacturing market.

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

By Staff
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

By Staff
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.”
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