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Plunkett Optical Implements Essilors Crizal In-house Processing Technology In Fort Smith, Arkansas

By Essilor News


DALLAS – (Sept. 4, 2009) – Today Essilor of America, Inc. announces the completion of the technology transfer of its patented Crizal® process at Fort Smith, Arkansas-based Plunkett Optical. With access to Essilor’s Crizal EXT technology, Plunkett can now fully manufacture Crizal lenses at its Fort Smith laboratory, including Crizal®, Crizal® Alizé® and the all-new Crizal Avancé™ lenses with Scotchgard™ Protector.

“Essilor is proud to share our industry leading, state-of-the-art Crizal technology with Plunkett Optical,” said Bob Colucci, president of Essilor’s Independent Distribution Division. “The Essilor technical team was involved during every step of the installation at Plunkett, ensuring total process integration, from lab management systems to lab process re-engineering.”

Plunkett’s new Crizal facility operates Essilor’s proprietary and patented equipment and process. A remote daily quality certification of the process has been set up with Essilor to ensure quality compliance and guarantee consistency and the highest possible quality standard.

“With the patented 8-Step Crizal manufacturing process, we are able to offer our customers state-of-the-art lenses that fuse 2-sided scratch resistance with anti-reflective properties and hydrophobic technology for unparalleled durability and performance,” said Bill Plunkett, Owner of Plunkett Optical. “Crizal lenses with Scotchgard Protector are the premium anti-reflective lenses available on the market today, and we are excited to have in-house processing capabilities to provide our customers with lasting clarity of vision.”

For more information on Essilor’s Crizal technology, visit

Essilor is the leading manufacturer of optical lenses in the United States and is the market leader in progressive, high-index and anti-reflective coated lenses. A pioneer in the development and production of ophthalmic lenses, Essilor employs more than

8,500 people throughout North America. Essilor manufactures optical lenses under the Varilux®, Crizal®, Thin&Lite®, DEFINITY ® and other Essilor brand names. Essilor Laboratories of America (ELOA) is the largest, and most trusted, optical lab network in the U.S. and offers a wide choice of services and lens brands, including Essilor premium lenses, to eye care professionals across the nation. Essilor of America, Inc. (Essilor) is a subsidiary of Paris-based Essilor International, S.A., a publicly held company traded on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (Reuters: ESSI.PA).


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Essilor, Varilux, Crizal, and Alizé are registered trademarks and Crizal Avancé is a trademark of Essilor International. Scotchgard is a trademark of 3M Corporation. Used under license.