AFL buys Verrillon, Inc.

Specialty fibers company acquired for undisclosed price

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Spartanburg-based AFL has purchased Verrillon, Inc. of Massachusetts for an undisclosed price, AFL officials announced last week.

“It won’t mean any new jobs locally,” said Corie Culp, public relations manager for AFL. “But the folks up in Massachusetts will keep their jobs.”

AFL makes specialty optical fibers in oil and gas, avionics, and industrial markets, Culp said. Verrillon’s glass optical sensors will help complete the AFL’s line of products, especially for the undersea oil and gas markets.

“At AFL, we were very impressed with Verrillon’s proven team, outstanding product set, and market traction,” stated Kurt Dallas, vice president and general manager at AFL. “We know that the integration of Verrillon into AFL provides many synergies and growth opportunities globally.”

With manufacturing operations in North Grafton, Mass.,Verrillon specializes in designing and customizing specialized fibers for harsh environments including hermetic, high temperature, polarization-maintaining and rare-earth doped fibers.

“Verrillon and AFL offer complementary products to various markets. By bringing the two teams together, we are well positioned to take full advantage of the growing markets we serve while reinforcing our commitment to the industry and to our customers,” said Dr. Abdel Soufiane, president and CEO of Verrillon.

AFL also announced last week that it is opening a second fiber optic facility to support the European region with customized optical fiber interconnect cables used for communication applications. The new facility is located in the Hawksworth Trading Estate in England. AFL expects to hire additional personnel to staff the new facility.

AFL’s Swindon, England facility manufactures and supplies fiber optic cable solutions and services throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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