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Optical Design & Engineering

Optics industry in Tucson seeks to regain focus

Local leaders in Tucson say the photonics industry is in need of revitalization after the departure of two local optics firms and layoffs at others. Some say the name "Optics Valley" doesn't carry the same weight as it once did.

While efforts to build Arizona's biosciences industry into a national powerhouse have attracted much of the state's economic-development attention and money in recent years, optics has remained an important and growing high-tech sector. Tucson's optics industry traces its roots back to 1942 when Henry Boeckeler founded Boeckeler Instruments Inc.

Full story from the Arizona Daily Star.