Hoya Vision Care Acquires Pinnacle Optical


LEWISVILLE, Texas—Hoya Vision Care announced that is has acquired Pinnacle Optical, a full-service wholesale laboratory in Birmingham, Ala.

The lab had been owned since July, 2015 by EyeCare Partners, a St. Louis, Mo.-based company that operates Clarkson Eyecare and other medically-based, regional optical retailers. The terms of the transaction were not announced.

“Pinnacle will be combined with our existing Birmingham operation into one laboratory location to strengthen our local presence,” said Barney Dougher, president of Hoya Vision Care, North America. “This is a growing market with exciting opportunities for Hoya’s science innovation and technology to help advance practice profitability and provide the best vision solutions for patients.

“Our strategic initiative is to help independent practices differentiate their brands and overcome commoditization, and to do that we are continuing to enhance our physical presence in key markets,” added Dougher.

Operations at the combined facility will be headed Donna LaRussa, a longtime Pinnacle employee.

“Independent practices appreciate the technology edge that Hoya brings to their businesses as well as the values we all share. We are excited to grow the Hoya brand in the Birmingham market,” said LaRussa.

Hoya Vision Care is a division of Hoya Group .