This SCHOTT site in Massachusetts, New England is home to SCHOTT’s Lighting and Imaging and Electronic Packaging business units for the United States. These are key US manufacturing facilities that specialize in design and manufacture of fiber optic, LED, optical products as well as high-quality hermetic packaging all for defense, medical and industrial applications.
Markets and Applications
Across the two SCHOTT plants in Southbridge, innovative glass solutions are impacting a diverse array of industries. The SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging site delivers innovative components for advanced lighting systems that continue to prove invaluable to markets such as defense, industry, and health and medicine. Across town, SCHOTT Electronic Packaging unit offers an indispensable service to the security and defense sector with its robust and versatile hermetic packaging components.
The range of products developed and manufactured in Southbridge have one thing in common: 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. Hermetic packaging for sensitive electronics in the automotive industry is also produced in Southbridge, alongside feedthroughs for energy and nuclear safety systems.
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.