06-15-2009, SCHOTT North America, Inc.
SCHOTT Advanced Optics Duryea Site Marks 40 Year Anniversary with Newly Renovated Finishing Facility
Duryea, PA - SCHOTT marked the company’s 40 year anniversary of providing the optics community with precision optical materials and services from its Advanced Optics site in Duryea, Pennsylvania through further investment in the facility. On June 8th, the company dedicated its newly renovated 30,000 square foot finishing facility, which furthers SCHOTT’s capabilities as a leading manufacturer in the optics industry.
The new finishing facility at Duryea has a wide range of equipment to meet the needs of SCHOTT’s optics customers, including: CNC cutting, 3, 4 and 5 axis CNC milling, single and double sided grinding and polishing, edging, core drilling and centerless grinding. The Duryea facility can process advanced optics components and materials that range in size from several mm to 1.2 meters, and it has the metrology capabilities to qualify and certify the high quality products it produces. SCHOTT’s Duryea site currently employs approximately 275 people who work in a variety of occupations from skilled production to engineering and management.
SCHOTT’s Duryea site holds the distinction of being the only facility manufacturing a full range of high quality, precision optical and technical glass for industrial, medical and defense application in the U.S. SCHOTT’s Advanced Optics group offers a broad range of cutting-edge materials and components for optical and lithographic applications in industries such as optics, electronic, aviation, and astronomy.
As a leading manufacturer of optical glass, filters, calcium fluoride crystals, fused silica LITHOSIL®, ZERODUR® - zero expansion glass ceramic, SCHOTT is known for innovations, its highest product quality, its excellent expertise in metrology and reliable service. SCHOTT’s Advanced Optics business is integrated along the entire process chain - from material development to finishing operations - and offers a global network of production facilities and partners integrated solutions along the entire spectral range to its customers worldwide.
“Continuous customers service improvement is and will continue to be a top priority for Duryea. SCHOTT is always looking for new ways to improve customer service and capabilities. This expansion is one part in that ongoing process. The expansion of our finishing facility will enable us to respond faster to our customer’s requests for finished and semi-finished products by consolidating processing equipment and personnel from two locations into one efficient facility. Additional processing capabilities are also being incorporated into this new facility,” said Stephen Krenitsky, Vice President and Site Manager of SCHOTT’s Duryea site.
40 Year Tradition of Innovation
When SCHOTT’s Duryea site was opened in 1969, it was the global company’s first manufacturing facility in the United States, and represented the strategic entrance into the growing North American precision optics market. Over those 40 years, SCHOTT has continued to place a high importance in the U.S. market, expanding manufacturing capacity to 14 operations. In 2009, also the company’s 125th anniversary, SCHOTT continued to heavily invest in the US market.
“SCHOTT is continuing to place a tremendous amount of importance on the North American market,” explained Dr. Gerald J. Fine, President and CEO of SCHOTT North America. “The company is positioning itself for continued growth and success in growing industries.”
SCHOTT began 2009 by acquiring sole ownership of Dimaondview Armor Products (SCHOTT DAP), and then Elecpac, an electronic packaging manufacturer outside Chicago, Ill. in April. In May, the company inaugurated its $100 million flagship solar manufacturing facility in Albuquerque, NM. SCHOTT is also investing heavily in its North American pharmaceutical packaging facility in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. The company will dedicate a syringe manufacturing line in October, which will mark an over $40 million investment in the company’s state-of-the-art plant
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