This SCHOTT site in Massachusetts, New England is home to SCHOTT’s Lighting and Imaging business unit for the United States. These are key US manufacturing facilities that specialize in design and manufacture of fiber optic, LED, optical products for defense, medical and industrial applications.
Markets and Applications
At SCHOTT in Southbridge, innovative glass solutions are impacting a diverse array of industries. SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging delivers innovative components for advanced lighting systems that continue to prove invaluable to markets such as defense, industry, and health and medicine.
The range of products developed and manufactured in Southbridge are reflective of SCHOTT’s commitment to industry-leading quality and innovation. Our image and light guides have set new standards for medical devices, pushing diagnostics forward and making treatments more effective, while components for night vision systems for the defense industry are also manufactured here.
A town with vision
Southbridge was founded in 1816 in the heart of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which was home to some of the earliest colonial settlers in the US. The town enjoyed a historical nickname – “The Eye of the Commonwealth” – thanks to its long history as a center for the optical industry. At one point, the American Optical Company that was founded here was the largest manufacturer of ophthalmic products in the world. Although the company folded in 1984, SCHOTT invested in the area soon after, drawing on the pool of expertise in the region to revive the town’s association with the optical industry.