September 6, 2006, Keene, NH--Corning Incorporated (Corning, NY) today hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a $2 million addition to Corning NetOptix, its wholly owned subsidiary, with manufacturing operations in Keene. The expansion brings in precision CNC (computer numerical control) grind-and-polish capabilities as well as expanded coating capabilities and allows for additional assembly and test space.
The facility houses million-dollar optical-coating machines, as well as many state-of-the-art diamond-turning machines. "This is one of the highest concentrations of diamond-turning machines in the world," said Scott Flint, director of sales and marketing at Corning NetOptix, at the event.
Corning's Advanced Optics and Materials businesses aim to satisfy the US defense industry's increasing demand for complete solutions that include design, materials, components and optical subassemblies, thus the company's focus on state-of-the-art optical finishing, diamond-turning capability for reflective systems, coating, and metrology capabilities.
"The expansion to the Keene, N.H., facility represents our commitment to the aerospace and defense industry," said John Lucey, vice president and general manager, Corning NetOptix. "This addition will enable us to produce quality refractive components at a competitive price, with shortened lead times. The new internal capabilities enable us to successfully deliver more complex optical-mechanical sensor products."