Coastal Optical Systems

Coastal Optical Systems, Inc., was founded in 1991 in West Palm Beach by Jay Kumler, Marc Neer, George Fabich and Wilhelm Geissler.  The new company leveraged their combined experience from Perkin Elmer, Zygo Corporation, Ball Aerospace and United Technologies Optical Systems (UTOS) to form a unique company completely focused on the design and manufacture of custom lens assemblies.

The company was purchased in 2002 by JENOPTIK and in 2009 was renamed to JENOPTIK Optical Systems, Inc.

1991                Coastal Optical Systems incorporates in Florida.

1993                Coastal becomes qualified vendor for Lockheed Martin and delivers aspheric lenses for TADS/PNVS.

1997                NASA launches NICMOS and STIS on the second Hubble servicing mission.  Coastal fabricated
aspheric mirrors on both instruments.

1998                Coastal builds the AOMS interferometer for protein crystal growth experiement on the Space Shuttle.

1999                Coastal designs, builds and delivers first custom 3D projection lenses for two major theme parks.

2000                Coastal signs long term supply agreements with OEM’s in biomedical imaging and semiconductor industries.

2002                Coastal acquires QED’s MRF technology for precision polish of aspheres and expands role a key
supplier of precision aspheres.

Coastal merges with JENOPTIK Laser, Optik Systeme and becomes a 100% owned US subsidiary.

2003                Coastal starts period of rapid growth and secures first production contract in excess of $1 million.

Forges close working relationship with sister company Liebmann Optical Company.

2005                Coastal continues investment in metrology and CNC manufacturing for the West Palm Beach facility.

2006                Coastal begins distribution of JENOPTIK standard products in USA including metrology optics and

Jenoptik infrared cameras.

2007                 ISO 9001:2000 certification received.

Coastal relocates and expands to 40,000 ft2 in the former United Technologies Optical System
on the Pratt Whitney campus in in Jupiter, FL.

Coastal reaches $10 million in annual sales for the first time.

2009                 Coastal Optical Systems and Liebmann Optical Company merge to form JENOPTIK Optical Systems, Inc.