ABB Optical Group to Expand CL Distribution into Canada

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Friday, September 13, 2019 9:12 AM
ABB Optical expands to Canada, Hilco Vision is acquired, EyeCare Partners buys Nationwide Vision, Keplr Vision expands into Texas and Treehouse Eyes opens 8 locations all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Windjammer Capital Acquires Hilco Vision, in Partnership With Management

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Friday, September 13, 2019 9:09 AM PLAINVILLE, Mass.—Windjammer Capital Investors has acquired Hilco Vision, in partnership with management. Terms of the deal, announced Sept. 10, were not disclosed. Hilco Vision, a leading global distributor of branded and consumable professional eyecare products and optical accessories throughout the eye healthcare supply chain, Hilco's products include professional eyecare products required for the everyday operation of eyecare practices and stores, optical accessories, which enhance its customers' sales, and additional value-added services which support its customers' branding and retail activities. The company sells to a diverse group of 40,000+ customers in a variety of channels, consisting primarily of smaller, independent eyecare providers and optical retail chains, as well as labs, non-optical customers and other distributors.

EyeCare Partners Acquires Nationwide Vision

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Friday, September 13, 2019 9:06 AM ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners, (ECP), the growing network of full scope medical optometry and ophthalmology practices, announced today its acquisition of Nationwide Vision, the leading Arizona-based full service vision care provider. The transaction, just closed, marks the entry of EyeCare Partners into Arizona and strengthens the groups presence in the Florida market as well. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Nationwide, headquartered in Chandler, Ariz., operates 8o optometry offices in Arizona and nine in central Florida.

Space Center Eye Associates Becomes the First Keplr Vision Acquisition in Texas

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Friday, September 13, 2019 9:03 AM
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Last week Keplr Vision entered into a new frontier with the acquisition of Space Center Eye Associates (SCEA) of Houston, Texas, from Keith Manuel, OD. SCEA marks the first Texas practice in the Keplr portfolio, the company said. For decades, Dr. Manuel was the official optometrist overseeing the NASA Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, and various other vision-related space projects. In 1990, Dr. Manuel was selected by NASA’s Johnson Space Center to perform studies establishing the viability of contact lenses in space flight.

Treehouse Eyes, Dedicated to Myopia Management, Opens Eight New Locations

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Friday, September 13, 2019 9:00 AM BOULDER, Colo.—Treehouse Eyes, the country’s first and only company dedicated exclusively to myopia management, has announced the opening of eight new centers. In collaboration with select practices, Treehouse Eyes is bringing their proprietary and proven brand of myopia management directly into select primary care practices across the country. Dr. Gary Gerber, co-founder of Treehouse Eyes said, “We opened our first two flagship centers about three years ago. During that time we validated and optimized our Treehouse Vision System (our patent pending clinical protocol) as well as our unique business model and are now starting our national expansion.

EyeCare Partners Completes Acquisition of Associated Retinal Consultants

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Friday, September 6, 2019 9:12 AM EyeCare Partners finalizes Michigan deal, Safilo, Marchon and Luxottica honored by Accessories Council, State Optical acquires AO Eyewear, Acuity continues Texas growth, and Jobson's Modern Lab panel adds speakers all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Safilo, Marchon and Luxottica Honored by Accessories Council

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Friday, September 6, 2019 9:09 AM NEW YORK—On Thursday, the Accessories Council hosted their first annual Design Excellence Awards as part of their 25th anniversary year. The awards ceremony, held at the Plaza Hotel in New York, honored outstanding design in footwear, handbags, jewelry, watches, social impact, soft accessories, tech and innovations, travel and luggage, and eyewear categories. This year, Safilo’s Jimmy Choo and Marchon’s Chloe both took home awards. In addition, Luxottica’s Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer Classic was honored as an accessories icon with the Hall of Fame award.

State Optical Co. Acquires AO Eyewear

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Friday, September 6, 2019 9:06 AM CHICAGO—STATE Optical Co. has announced the acquisition of AO Eyewear, Inc., a prominent former division of American Optical Corporation, bringing together two American-made eyewear brands and businesses. The transaction of AO Eyewear took place earlier this summer, executives said, and the details were not disclosed. STATE acquired the business from Alan McKinley, who will be general manager of AO Eyewear going forward.

Acuity Eyecare Group Continues Texas Growth With Acquisition of Eight Locations

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Friday, September 6, 2019 9:03 AM DALLAS—Acuity Eyecare Group (AEG), an owner and operator of leading North American eyecare groups and optometry practices, has acquired an additional eight eyecare practice locations in Houston and the surrounding area, according to an announcement this week. The terms of the deals were not disclosed. The practices involved in the various transactions include Memorial Eye Center, a three- location optical group that has served the West Houston community for more than 28 years with full-service, personalized eyecare and eyewear.

Modern Lab Panel Adds Two Speakers

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Friday, September 6, 2019 9:00 AM LAS VEGAS—Two new speakers will join a panel of optical lab owners at the upcoming Modern Lab event during Vision Expo to discuss how investments in technology and the workforce are helping labs remain competitive. The new panelists are Paul Faibish and Javan Diaz. Faibish is the president and owner of Canada’s largest independent optical lab, Plastic Plus Limited in Toronto, Canada. In 2017, he expanded the company by opening a new facility that has allowed it to double lens manufacturing capacity and expand frame inventory and distribution.

CooperCompanies Cites ‘Market-Leading Products’ as Factor in 3Q Sales Increase

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Friday, August 30, 2019 9:12 AM CooperCompanies sees 3Q sales bump, Hoya Vision Care plans lab expansion, Prevent Blindness urges eye protection in sports, Section 301 tariffs to rise 30 percent, and DigitalOptometrics and Melling Medical partner on tele-optometry all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

Hoya Vision Care Plans $25 Million Dollar Expansion of U.S. Lab

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Friday, August 30, 2019 9:09 AM LEWISVILLE, Texas—Hoya Vision Care announced plans to invest more than $25 million in its Ramsey, Minnesota facility. The investment in facility and equipment signals a major expansion of Hoya’s U.S. lab network, which consists of 30 labs located throughout the country. “This state-of-the-art Ramsey, MN facility includes a full-service Rx laboratory and a world class Advanced Technology Center (ATC) for research and development which will continue to drive technology and innovation for our customers and their patients,” said Jason White, chief financial officer and interim CEO, Americas. 

Hoya Vision Care Plans $25 Million Dollar Expansion of U.S. Lab

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Friday, August 30, 2019 9:09 AM LEWISVILLE, Texas—Hoya Vision Care announced plans to invest more than $25 million in its Ramsey, Minnesota facility. The investment in facility and equipment signals a major expansion of Hoya’s U.S. lab network, which consists of 30 labs located throughout the country. “This state-of-the-art Ramsey, MN facility includes a full-service Rx laboratory and a world class Advanced Technology Center (ATC) for research and development which will continue to drive technology and innovation for our customers and their patients,” said Jason White, chief financial officer and interim CEO, Americas. 

Prevent Blindness Wants Eye Protection to Be Part of the Uniform for Sports

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Friday, August 30, 2019 9:06 AM CHICAGO—Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest non-profit eye health organization, has declared September as Sports Eye Safety Month to help educate the public on the best ways to keep eyes healthy while playing sports. For those who wear prescription glasses, an eye doctor can provide a prescription for safe and effective sports protective eyewear. Monocular athletes (those with only one eye that sees well) should consult an eye doctor about what sports are safe to participate in.

U.S. to Raise Section 301 Tariffs to 30 Percent on October 1 for Lists of Merchandise

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Friday, August 30, 2019 9:03 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Last week President Trump tweeted his intentions concerning a hike in tariffs on products entering the U.S. from China and he also threatened to use extraordinary powers against U.S. companies manufacturing in China, according to an alert issued by The Vision Council. Trump is proposing the following measures:

• Raise the existing China 301 tariffs on merchandise set out on the first, second and third lists from 25 percent to 30 percent. This increase will take place for goods entering the United States on or after Oct. 1, 2019. This will impact Chinese-origin eyeglass cases, lens cleaning solutions, hand-held and stand magnifiers, and various other diagnostic and equipment used in eyewear production.