Established in 1994, Manasota Optics, Inc. was founded by David Lowery, a Navy Veteran, after acquiring assets from Applied Optics Center which was closed by IMO Industries (AOC's parent company in 1993). MOI is comprised of personnel with 30 - 35 years’ experience in diamond turning, polishing, and coating of flat "plano" and spherical metal optical components.  In 2014, MOI became a majority woman owned business and continue to operate at ISO 9001:2015 certified standards.

Programs

We are proud to have been involved with the following programs:

  • Laser Rangefinders
  • Satellite Imaging
  • Military Tanks (M1A1, M1A2, M60)
  • Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder (LLDR)
  • Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR)

Clients

Manasota Optics has produced optical components directly through the United States Government, several universities as well as some of the companies listed below:

  • BAE Systems
  • Ball Aerospace
  • Chemring Detection 
  • FLIR
  • Gatan
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Luminar
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory 
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Northrop Grumman 

 

Production Facility

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Programs Participated

M1A1 Abrams Tank
LLDR Lightweight Laser Rangefinder
Mark VII Handheld Laser Rangefinder