January, 2013 – Hauppauge, NY – Santinelli International, the lens finishing equipment company, will commemorate its long, rich history with the celebration of its 40th anniversary this year. As one of the few remaining independent, family-owned and managed equipment companies, Santinelli International celebrates the reputation it has built for top-performance products and world-class service. The company has consistently been recognized as the leader in lens finishing by industry associations and has perennially received awards for both their products and service.
While optical pioneer Joseph Santinelli founded the company in 1973, his son, Gerard Santinelli, has presided as President & CEO since 1998. Throughout the decades, success and growth have resulted in relocating from the original “closet-sized” home office, to a larger 8-room office space, and then ultimately into the current, more spacious 15,000 sq. ft. facility in Hauppauge, Long Island.
The company’s heritage began in 1956 with Joseph Santinelli’s contributions to the advent of the first diamond bevel edger, the Diamaline Automatic Bevel Edger, introduced by A. Lemay & Co. What followed was a series of advanced technologies introduced by Santinelli International, such as the first “on-size pattern” edging concept and the first automatic, polishing edger. Partnering with NIDEK in 1991, the company then introduced the renowned Japanese manufacturer’s first lens edger, “3-D Fit” tracer and auto-grooving & safety beveling capabilities in the U.S.
With the flagship ME Lens Edger Series at the apex and the introduction of integrated 3-D drilling boasting exceptional quality and functionality, Santinelli’s line-up serves the needs of all user levels, from novice to expert. Additionally, the company’s industrial lab products have evolved to include the industry’s most advanced robotic handling and dry edging technology.According to Gerard Santinelli, “Being family-owned enables us to be more responsive to our clients and rapidly adapt according to the market’s needs. After 40 years, we’re still just as passionate about the industry and just as devoted to the success of our clients.” Santinelli added “We’ve built a strong reputation as a provider of high-quality finishing technology and we’re committed to preserving this legacy moving forward by focusing efforts on our clients’ needs and on what we do best.”
The company plans to celebrate the 40-year anniversary at varying times throughout the year, with special associate and client events.
About Santinelli International
Celebrating their 40th Anniversary this year, Santinelli International is the leading distributor of lens edging equipment in the United States, representing NIDEK machinery. The family-owned company is the current and four-time recipient of the EyeVote Award “Reader’s Choice” for Best Optical Equipment Company and the VCPN Products of the Decade Award.