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REO Wins Colorado Photonics Company of the Year


Colorado Photonics Industry Association Names REO as the 2010 Colorado Photonics Company of the Year

Boulder, Colorado – The Colorado Photonics Industry Association (CPIA) has named Research Electro-Optics, Inc. (REO) as the 2010 Colorado Photonics Company of the Year.  The award will be presented to Terry Moshier, REO Chairman, CEO and President at the CPIA Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 17, 2010.  This meeting will be held on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder (UMC 235) from 3-6 p.m. and is open to the public.

The CPIA bestows the Photonics Company of the Year award to the company or institution that it feels has contributed the most to the Colorado photonics industry over the preceding year. This 2010 winner, REO, is a precision optics and thin film coating company, founded here in Colorado in 1980.  REO was selected from more than 240 companies in the aerospace, renewable energy, defense, security, medical and life sciences, biotech, telecommunications, and electronics industries, which are involved in photonics, or light-based, technologies. 

“Since its inception, REO has established its reputation as a supplier of exceptional optical coatings and precision components,” notes Brian Knollenberg, CPIA board member.  “Over the past few years, the company has grown significantly, leading to a substantial increase in staff, and the acquisition and expansion of new manufacturing and technology assets.  REO’s expansion of their design and production operation has been an important factor in strengthening our local photonics industry.”

“We are honored to have been chosen as the Colorado Photonics Company of the Year,” remarks Terry Moshier.  “With the continued success of our precision optical coating technology, and our diversification into optical assembly and design services, we are well positioned for continued growth and innovation in 2011 and beyond.  We feel that our location in Boulder, Colorado, gives us ready access to the talent and resources that are critical to facilitating and furthering this growth. The recognition being bestowed to REO goes to our employees and their achievements in serving our customers.” 

About CPIA
The Colorado Photonics Industry Association (www.coloradophotonics.org) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging cooperation, collaboration, and partnering among the 250 industrial, academic, and governmental organizations in Colorado involved in optics and photonics technologies.  CPIA’s mission is to promote the Colorado photonics industry and to enhance the profitability of its members.  Founded in 1997, CPIA now includes over 80 members.  In addition to industrial organizations ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, the photonics community in Colorado includes four national laboratories and five academic institutions.  The last three Nobel Prize winners for physics in Colorado have won for photonics related research.  For more information, please visit www.coloradophotonics.org.

About REO
REO produces high precision thin film coatings, optics and opto-mechanical assemblies for the ultraviolet, visible and infrared. Located in Boulder, CO, the company primarily services medium to high volume OEMs including manufacturers of defense and aerospace systems, laser systems, semiconductor tools, medical systems, life sciences instrumentation and telecom equipment.  REO is a privately held company. 

Questions about this press release can be directed to:


Brian Knollenberg, Board Member, 970-221-1807, bknollenberg@veeco.com
Brian Hooker, Board Member, 303-444-2943, brian.hooker@colorado.edu

Mark Damery, VP and General Manager Worldwide Sales, 303-938-1960, MarkD@reoinc.com

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