Private equity firm buys Omega Optical

BRATTLEBORO — Omega Optical, a leading manufacturer of precision optical filters and coatings, announced on Sept. 15 that it has been acquired by Artemis Capital Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm focused exclusively on partnering with differentiated industrial technology companies.

Omega, founded in 1969 by Dr. Robert “Bob” Johnson, manufactures filter products designed and fabricated to control the passage of light and enable a broad range of mission-critical optical applications, including flow cytometry, fluorescence microscopy, spectroscopy, LiDAR, machine vision, and satellite imaging for global OEM customers in the life science, aerospace and defense, instrumentation, semiconductor, environmental, and industrial sensor industries.

According to a news release, the acquisition will offer “critical additional resources to build on Omega's legacy here in Brattleboro,” said CEO Thomas Smith.

“We will continue to pursue further job growth and employee development and be an active member of both the local community and the greater Vermont economy,” he added.

Peter Hunter, managing director at Artemis, becomes Omega's new chair.

Omega's existing management team of CEO Smith and Johnson, now Omega's technical director, have retained a significant ownership interest in the company, which will now be known as Omega Optical, LLC.

The two will continue to lead the business, and Omega will continue to operate as an independent company from its headquarters in Brattleboro.

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