|TRANSITIONS RECOGNIZES SODERBERG Photochromic lens manufacturer Transitions Optical has named Soderberg of St. Paul, Minn. its 2001 Lab of the Year. The announcement was made during Transitions Academy at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Soderberg was selected for its visionary approach to growing its business, which resulted in double-digit sales increases for Transitions products, according to the company.|
OPTI-MATRIX WINS RODENSTOCK RECOGNITION Huntsville, Ala.-based Opti-Matrix has earned the Circle of Excellence Award for Laboratory of the Year from Rodenstock North America. The award was announced at the Optical Laboratory Association (OLA) meeting in New Orleans in November. Rodenstock presents this award annually to the lab demonstrating the best overall support of the company’s products, programs and promotions. Opti-Matrix increased its Rodenstock sales by 40 percent in 2001, serving customers in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
OLA ELECTS NEW OFFICERS The Optical Laboratories Association elected new officers during its annual meeting in November. Charles “Pat” Patterson of Walman Optical is the new president, succeeding Jeffrey Kosh. Other new officers are president-elect Donna J. Benedict of Benedict Optical; vice president Arthur Waite of Winchester Optical; and treasurer Susan Crawley of Volunteer Optical Lab.
COLTS TEAMS WITH OLA ON FDA TESTING COLTS Laboratories and the Optical Laboratories Association (OLA) have announced a new “FDA Compliance” program designed to provide wholesale laboratories with a less expensive method of complying with FDA requirements. According to COLTS, laboratory-applied lens treatments, including anti-reflective and scratch-resistant coatings, can significantly weaken lenses that met FDA standards at the factory, shifting the burden of meeting FDA impact compliance requirements to the laboratories. Through the new program, COLTS will certify a laboratory’s compliance standards for one year, with quarterly evaluations and an annual onsite laboratory audit.
QSA NAMES NEW PRESIDENT Duane Ferguson has been named president of QSA Optical, a Hoya Optical Laboratories of America lab with locations in Connecticut and Maine. Ferguson replaces QSA founder Paul C. Zito, who retired last fall after 22 years at the helm.
BENEDICT WINS WEB AWARD Benedict Optical has received LabTalk’s second-annual Optical Laboratory Web Site of the Year Award. LabTalk is a publication of FRAMES Data/Jobson Publishing.
COLA SEEKS CONTRIBUTIONS TO SCHOLARSHIP FUND The California Optical Laboratories Association (COLA), an educational group of labs and suppliers, is seeking contributions to its Educational Scholarship Fund, which is awarded each year to select students at Southern California College of Optometry. Companies interested in making a contribution can contact COLA executive director Maurice Giss at (714) 730-6380 or visit www.colalabs.org.
VSP LAB RECOGNIZED BY OPTICAL PIONEERS During the annual meeting of the Optical Laboratory Association last November, 48 VSP Optical Laboratory employees were inducted into Optical Pioneers, which recognizes the contributions of those who participated in the establishment of the wholesale optical industry during its founding years. To be eligible for membership, employees must be active or retired, with a minimum of 20 years of service in the wholesale optical laboratory business. The 48 VSP lab employees represent 20 percent of the VSP lab’s staff and their collective employment experience totals 1,231 years.