GSRx Facility Expansion Puts Customer and Staff Needs First

By Staff
Wednesday, February 21, 2024 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Operating in a very competitive environment, optical labs need to ensure that the products they are producing are accurate, easily adaptable and error-free. Arizona-based GSRx recently upgraded its 12,000 square foot facility to ensure that they tick all three of these boxes.

GSRx Facility Expansion Puts Customers and Staff First

By Sarah McGoldrick / Contributing Editor
Sunday, February 4, 2024 1:03 AM The optical industry has never been more competitive. Consumers want the most advanced and effective technology, while eyecare providers want to ensure this is delivered on-time and with the highest level of patient satisfaction. Operating in this environment, optical labs need to ensure that the products they are producing are accurate, easily adaptable and error-free. Arizona-based GSRx recently upgraded its 12,000 square foot facility to ensure that they tick all three of these boxes.

Services to Be Held for Steve Sutherlin, Influential Lab Executive and Optical Industry Mainstay

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Wednesday, January 3, 2024 12:21 AM OVERLAND PARK, Kan.—Steve Sutherlin, an optical laboratory executive who was instrumental in the success of his family’s business, Sutherlin Optical, and who later played a key role in merging the Optical Laboratories Association (OLA) into The Vision Council, died of a heart attack on December 28, 2023.

3M Announces DAC Technologies in Agreement to Acquire LEAP III Brand

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023 12:21 AM ST. PAUL, Minn.—3M announced that DAC Technologies, a global leader in optical lens manufacturing solutions, has entered into an agreement to acquire the LEAP III brand.

Cherry Optical Lab, Encore Optical and Superior Optical Lab Sign on to Acquire, Install and Evaluate the First Flō Additive Manufacturing Coating Platforms

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Tuesday, October 31, 2023 12:24 AM TEL AVIV, Israel—Flō, a privately-held Israeli start-up, has signed agreements with three North American laboratories that will acquire, install, and assist in evaluating the first Flō Platforms to be released in 2024. Cherry Optical Lab, Encore Optical, and Superior Optical Lab will be the first labs in North America to have access to Flō’s cutting edge technology where additive manufacturing (AM) technology is being applied to generate optical coatings on lenses.

Cherry Optical Lab and Horizons Optical Partner to Bring Advanced Technologies to Independent ECPs

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Friday, October 20, 2023 12:21 AM GREEN BAY, Wisc.—Cherry Optical Lab, a full-service, independent prescription lab based here, has formed a strategic partnership with Horizons Optical, an ophthalmic technology company headquartered in Barcelona, Spain.

PSI to Cease Operations at Year’s End

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Friday, September 22, 2023 12:15 AM ODESSA, Fla.—Practical Systems, Inc. (PSI) will be closing its doors at the end of 2023 after serving the optical industry for 52 years. “PSI has been blessed to have so many wonderful relationships in the industry,” said Patrick Hernandez, president.

Peak Artisan Labs Welcomes 10 New Private Practices to Its Expanding Ownership Group

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Friday, September 15, 2023 12:30 AM AURORA, Colo.—Peak Artisan Labs (PAL) has announced the addition of 10 private practice eyecare providers to its growing ownership group, as part of the company's commitment to independent eyecare. Established in July 2023, Peak Artisan Labs serves the Rocky Mountain and north central regions. Based here, and a key member of the Artisan Lab Network (ALN) founded in 2023, PAL’s latest expansion further solidifies its position in the optical industry, according to an announcement from the company.

Alex Gorsky Joins Neurotech’s Board as Lead Director

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Friday, September 15, 2023 12:15 AM CUMBERLAND, Rhode Island—Neurotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a private clinical stage biotech company, has announced that Alex Gorsky has been elected to Neurotech’s board as lead director. Gorsky is the former chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson. Under Gorsky’s leadership, Johnson & Johnson grew to become one of the world’s largest diversified health care companies and one of the foremost innovators in research and development for emerging health technologies.

Three Rivers Optical Doubles Capacity and Introduces New Products to Meet Growing Demand

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023 12:21 AM PITTSBURGH—Three Rivers Optical, a nationwide independent lab with one of the largest private brand portfolios, and a leader in advanced optical solutions, is significantly expanding its operations.

Satisloh's Andy Huthoefer Talks With VM’s Andrew Karp About the Company’s Latest Advances in Lens Processing

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Friday, August 18, 2023 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Optical laboratory owners and managers who attended Satisloh’s 10TH SLUGFest, a meeting of the Satisloh Users Group held this spring at the company’s headquarters in Wetzlar, Germany, got a close-up look at 29 of the company’s latest innovations in ophthalmic lens processing, including a preview of soon-to-be-released equipment and some advanced technology that is still in development. Andy Huthoefer, the vice president of product management and marketing at Satisloh who helped produce SLUGFest, shared his insights and observations about the company’s new systems and products with Andrew Karp, lens and tech editor for Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine.

Turning 50, Luzerne Optical Remains Family-Owned and Proudly Independent

By Sarah McGoldrick / Contributing Editor
Sunday, July 23, 2023 2:00 AM WILKES-BARRE, Penn.—Mergers and acquisitions over the past 25 years have reshaped the wholesale optical lab business in the U.S., yet some family-owned, independent labs remain vital, despite competition from corporate-owned labs. Luzerne Optical Laboratories is a notable example.

Eye-Kraft Expands Coating Facility to Accommodate a Growing Customer Base

By Sarah McGoldrick / Contributing Editor
Sunday, July 23, 2023 1:59 AM ST. CLOUD, Minn.—Eye-Kraft has built a reputation around service and independence. As a result, the St. Cloud, Minnesota-based optical lab has seen a steady growth in business since it first opened 65 years ago. The lab has undergone several expansions over the past decade, installing their first AR coating facility in 2015. Nearly 10 years later, the lab has seen such an increase in demand that they have once again had to expand their coating facility to accommodate a growing customer base.