Vision Systems, a Research Frontiers (Nasdaq: REFR) licensee and tier-one supplier of SPD-Smart electronically dimmable windows announced today at the Paris Air Show that it is expanding its SPD-SmartGlass business activities by opening a production and operations facility in Melbourne, Florida.
The new factory was highlighted today at the Paris Air Show by Florida Governor Rick Scott and Vision Systems President and CEO Carl Putman, with Research Frontiers President and CEO Joseph M. Harary and others in attendance for this special announcement.
Additional details about the expansion are available in the press release by the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast.
Vision Systems’ SPD-Smart electronically dimmable windows and partitions offer instant and precise light-control at all levels to provide a solar protection solution that enhances comfort and improves passengers’ experience on aircraft, boats and other transportation vehicles.
In March of 2012, Vision Systems announced that the company was expanding its existing factory in France to add a production facility dedicated to the manufacture of its SPD-Smart Nuance and Noctis aerospace and transportation windows and cabin dividers. Today’s announcement of a further expansion to the United States indicates an acceleration of existing and projected business in North and South America where major aircraft OEMs and customers of Vision Systems are located, including HondaJet and Gulfstream.
Vision Systems will invest approximately $1.2 million in capital expenditures for this project. Vision Systems expects to hire workers for the new factory by the end of this year and generate about 40 manufacturing and engineering jobs within three years. Carl Putman, Vision Systems President and CEO, noted, “We felt it was essential for Vision Systems to be located in America. The office in Florida will enable us to be closer to our U.S. customers and to expand our business activities in this area.”
Details about Vision Systems and its SPD-Smart products are available by visiting the aerospace and automotive sections of their website.
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Jana PENZES HEBERT