BUSINESS Advancing Eyecare Acquires Santinelli International By Staff Wednesday, January 5, 2022 7:30 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Advancing Eyecare, a leading North American provider of ophthalmic instruments and portfolio company of Atlantic Street Capital (ASC), announced today the acquisition of Santinelli International, a leading, award-winning supplier of optical finishing equipment. Details of the transaction, which closed in December 2021, were not disclosed. Advancing Eyecare is currently comprised of Lombart Instrument, Marco Ophthalmic, INNOVA Medical, S4Optik, Santinelli International and other top brands. Its combined scope offers “the broadest product portfolio, the most knowledgeable people, and the most reliable service in the industry,” the company said in a statement.Founded in 1973, Santinelli International is a leading provider of lens edging equipment in the U.S. The company, based in Hauppauge, N.Y., also markets optical supplies and accessories to eyecare practitioners through its Sios Optical division.“As we continually anticipate ways to help ophthalmic practices thrive, the addition of Santinelli International is a natural fit,” remarked Brad Staley, chief executive officer of Advancing Eyecare. “Santinelli International is a respected leader and well‐recognized provider of optical finishing equipment in the U.S. In fact, they have won 13 consecutive Vision Monday EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards for favorite in‐office lab equipment, finishing equipment, and overall optical equipment."Santinelli International’s strong reputation for top‐quality products and their commitment to after‐sale service and customer satisfaction have contributed to their dominant market share in this space. We recognize the expertise this brings to Advancing Eyecare, and it introduces a new line of prestigious products and services to be made available to our customers.”Gerard Santinelli, CEO of Santinelli International, commented, “This represents a tremendous opportunity for our customers, our valuable employees, and the Santinelli International brand. It is a testament to our proud heritage as we join this group of best‐in‐class solutions providers. Santinelli International has served the market for nearly 50 years and is a cultural and professional fit to Advancing Eyecare. We are thrilled to add our edgers, blockers, tracers, consumables and accessories to the Advancing Eyecare portfolio of products.”The Santinelli management team, including Gerard Santinelli, will continue to play an active role in the business, and the company’s headquarters will remain in Hauppauge, N.Y., an Advancing Eyecare spokesperson told VMAIL.