“Nine years ago Optical Filters expanded from the United Kingdom and opened its North American Manufacturing operations in Meadville, PA. We started business in a 6,000 sq. ft. facility and after 4 years added a 22,000 sq. ft. second building that will be expanded in 2014 to 32,000 sq. ft. The original building is now home to our R & D team. This team of young graduates from regional colleges has developed cutting edge technology that is providing the core technology for the next phase of Optical Filters growth.
In Northwest Pennsylvania and Meadville we have access to key resources for our growth. A stable and educated work force, low costs for buildings and business taxes, in depth support services and a community that embraces manufacturing.
From day one, the people of Meadville welcomed us into their community and supported the growth of our business and the creation of a new industry in Crawford County. We live in the center of the city in a wonderful old house with strong connections to Meadville’s history and enjoy the experience of “living downtown”. We can walk in safety to the Market House, Academy Theatre, Library, and restaurants. Northwest Pennsylvania is a wonderland for us and anyone who enjoys nature and outdoor activities. Here the very best of the American dream is alive and well and available to anyone who values community and the opportunity to work and realize their dreams.”
– Michael Dent, President, Optical Filters in Meadville
“Ezeflow, a Canadian based company, purchased Flowline in May of 2010. Since that time we have invested over $5 Million to keep pace with the ever-changing industry we are in. The local and state government agencies have been very supportive of our initiatives. We receive work training support, international trade and marketing incentives and have been successful in securing low interest loans from the state. The area provides a stable workforce and western PA is an incubator for the metal working trades which we are a part of. The community supports manufacturing and is business friendly.
The region maintains a low cost of living allowing the type of jobs we offer sustainable. My family and I relocated to western PA with the acquisition and we have not regretted the move. Being close to Pittsburgh offers a big city outlet while still being in the country and enjoying the benefits of a small town atmosphere. There are many options for outdoor activities such as boating hiking hunting and fishing along with several colleges and universities close by for additional cultural opportunities which we enjoy.”
– Marty Capoferri, Vice President, Flowline/ Ezeflow, New Castle