In the News

Expansions

Crosstown Moves

Down-Sizing

Leaving Town

Management Moves

Name Changes

Contracts Awarded

Deaths

Corrections or additions?

These articles by Barbara Fox were prepared for the January 10,

2001 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.

Fabulous Fiberoptics

Gregory Olsen, founder of Sensors Unlimited and other

successful fiberoptic companies, has bragged that several dozen of

his employees were made millionaires when Sensors Unlimited was bought

out by California-based Finisar Corp last year. But even before this

infusion of cash, he and his team made a risky decision — to spend

$3 million to upgrade their operations and build a new "clean

room" for making fiber optic components.

Finisair stock has gone from $35 to about $24, so the Sensors

Unlimited

employees may not be as rich on paper as they were last year, but they

can still rejoice in their world-class facilities. In conjunction

with the New Jersey Technology Council, Sensors Unlimited will host

a technology tour: the grand opening of the 6,000-foot cleanroom for

making Indium Gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) devices, used for high

bandwidth

Internet operations. The tour is set for Friday, January 12, at 8:30

a.m. at Princeton Service Center on Route 1 North. Cost: $15. Call

856-787-9700.

"We started as a research company," says John Sudol, vice

president of operations, "and a lot of our equipment had been

used and held together for many years. Now we have the best equipment

we can find." The company can do photolithography, dielectric

deposition, thermal and e-beam metal deposition, p-contact diffusion

and annealing, chip dicing and automatic probing, infrared detector

testing, and automated laser diode characterization.

Four-inch is the magic size for the wafer business. "Now we can

handle four-inch wafers," says Sudol. "We are already

processing

three-inch and are going for four-inch by the end of the year. The

larger the wafer the more output we can produce, and the better the

yields are. It’s a much better clean room than we have had in the

past."

"At the time we made the investment it was a very large risk,"

says Sudol. "We made the decision about two years ago before we

entered into discussion with any buyers. Greg Olsen gave the OK at

the end of 1999, and construction started in January of 2000. We were

in complete operation within nine months."

Atmos-Tech Industries, based in Ocean, did the construction and used

a design based on the opinions of the employee team. "We put the

design up on the wall and asked everyone for their opinions, and we

went through several iterations over several months," says Sudol.

The clean room looks like one big room with service lanes (for gases,

electricity, pumps, and other utilities) separating each of three

production areas, and each area has two observation windows looking

onto the entrance hall. To enter, you must put on a paper gown from

head to toe, with elastics to your wrists and booties for your feet,

and even cover your beard if you have one. As you go into the first

chamber, an air shower blows air across your body to remove any dust

and particles.

"We did not have an air shower in the old clean room," says

Sudol, "and the clean room itself has better designed and has

filtration, with many more HEpa filters." The "old" clean

room was class 10,000, but the new ones are class 1,000. There is

even a section, the one for photo lithography (putting the design

on the wafer), that is class 100. Low numbers are better, and they

refer to the maximum number of particles of dirt in the air.

Sudol, a native of Bergen County, went to Bucknell, Class of 1988,

for undergraduate and master’s degrees in engineering, then earned

an MBA from Wharton. He had worked with General Electric and with

another New Jersey-based start-up before coming to Olsen’s Princeton

Service Center firm three years ago. He and his wife, a tax

consultant,

have three children under five, with the third — a baby girl —

born last week.

Finisar Corp trades on NASDAQ as FNSR (www.finisar.com) and is a

leading

provider of gigabit fiber optic solutions for high speed data

communications.

In October, 1999, Finisar paid $700 million for Sensors Unlimited,

the leading supplier of optical components that can "see"

to monitor the performance of dense wavelength division multiplexing

systems. Sensors had also been funded by private investors and by

government grants, including the Small Business Innovation Research

program of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Olsen, a former Sarnoff scientist, had previously founded Epitaxx

in 1983. This company, a developer/manufacturer of optoelectronic

devices for fiber optics networks, was sold to Nippon Sheet Glass

for $12 million and is now owned by JDS Uniphase (JDSU) based in San

Jose, California. As the Epitaxx division of JDS Uniphase, it develops

and makes optoelectronic devices for fiber optic communications

networks

on 7 Graphics Drive and also at 100 and 200 Ludlow Drive. The company

is doing its own celebrating over new clean rooms, and over the next

18 months it plans to invest $50 million in state areas such as

Freehold,

Eatontown, Asbury, and Mountain Lakes.

"We are really excited about our teaming up with Finsar, and the

clean room provides a great foundation for growth of new

products,"

says Sudol.

Sensors Unlimited Inc., 3490 Route 1, Building

12, Princeton 08540. Gregory H. Olsen, president. 609-520-0610; fax,

609-520-0638. Home page: www.sensorsinc.com

JDS Uniphase – EPITAXX Division (JDSU), 7 Graphics

Drive, West Trenton 08628. Yves Dzialowski, general manager.

609-538-1800;

fax, 609-538-8122. Home page: www.jdsuniphase.com

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In the News

Universal Display Corporation Inc. (PANL), 375

Phillips Boulevard, Ewing 08618. Steven Abramson, president.

609-671-0980;

fax, 609-671-0995. Home page: www.universaldisplay.com

The OLED display company was featured in Business Week Online’s story

on December 28, "Roll Up That Monitor When You’re Done," as

follows: "Universal is developing OLEDs that are transparent when

not energized, making it possible to create image viewers on clear

plastic or glass mediums," for instance, as interior display

devices

for automobiles." The article also quotes a research company saying

the market for organic light-emitting devices could be $1 billion

by 2006.

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Expansions

Abco Printing Co., 115 North Gold, North Gold

Industrial

Park, Trenton 08691. Howard D. Mathues, owner. 609-587-4949; fax,

609-890-7543.

The commercial printing company more than tripled its space with a

move, the week before Christmas, from 6,000 square feet on Marlen

Drive, to 20,000 just a block away. The owner, Howard Mathues, bought

the real estate and acted as his own general contractor for the

construction.

The 50-year-old company was founded by Maurice Perelli, who sold the

business

to Mathues in 1992. Mathues moved it from South Broad Street in

Trenton in 1997.

Patrinely Group, 100 College Road West, Suite 275,

Princeton 08540. Dean R. Johnson, development manager. 609-514-1799;

fax, 609-514-1791. Home page: www.patrinely.com

Having finished the first of two buildings, the Patrinely Group has

opened a a management office at 100 College Road West. Now it is

working

to construct the sister building.

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Crosstown Moves

Yong H. Hyon, Attorney at Law, 947 State Road,

Princeton 08540. 609-497-4911; fax, 609-497-4910.

This immigration law office moved from Princeton-Hightstown Road.

A 1973 alumnus of Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, Hyon

went to Florida State Law School and concentrates on all aspects of

immigration and naturalization law. His main office is in Manhattan.

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Down-Sizing

Center for Claims Resolution, 504 Carnegie Center,

Second Floor, Princeton 08540. Michael F. Rooney, COO. 609-951-6000;

fax, 609-452-1533.

In July the asbestos litigation organization will move from 37,000

square feet at the Carnegie Center to 29,500 feet at Scudder Falls

Court, Sullivan Way and Sylvia Street in Ewing. James V. Dougherty

of GMH Capital Partners represented the tenant in the 10-year lease

that amounts to more than $5.6 million. Scudder Falls Court is owned

by Preferred Real Estate Investments in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania,

and has a total of 60,000 square feet.

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Leaving Town

Takeda America Research and Development Center

Inc.,

104 Carnegie Center, Princeton 08540. Mikihiko Obayashi PhD,

president.

609-452-1113; fax, 609-452-1218.

The R&D center of Japan’s largest pharmaceutical company moved to

Lincolnshire, Illinois, where it joins Takeda Pharmaceuticals America

(475 Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, Illinois, 60069, 847-383-3000).

At its peak, 35 people worked in the Carnegie Center office.

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Management Moves

Trenton Lightning, 230 Nassau Street, Princeton

08542. Philip Subhen, general manager. 609-688-8844; fax,

609-279-1940.

Kenneth Samu has invested in a future indoor football team and is

now co-owner. Samu is CEO of E.U.S. Communications, a full-service

telecommunications company that designs and installs voice, data,

and fiber optic cabling systems. The team is the first in this league

on the east coast and its inaugural season starts this April at the

Sovereign Bank Arena. Phil Subhan is the founding co-owner and general

manager. Marketing will be provided by Global Spectrum, the arena’s

management company. Season tickets are on sale.

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Name Changes

Newton Interactive, 2425 Pennington Road,

Pennington

08534. Debra Newton, president. 609-818-0025; fax, 609-818-0045.

(warning: It is hard to exit from this page: www.nrg-i.com

Formerly known as Newton Resource Group, this company’s new name is

Newton Interactive, to reflect its core focus — digital media

solutions, specifically Internet-based technologies, for the

healthcare

industry. This year it was named as both an Inc 500 company and a

Forbes Fast 500.

Nextera Enterprises (Sibson & Company), 600

Alexander

Park, Suite 208, Princeton 08540. Donald Gallo, principal.

609-520-2700;

fax, 609-520-0369. Home page: www.sibson.com

Sibson & Company expanded last summer from the Carnegie Center to

24,000 square feet at Alexander Park, and now it is officially

changing

its name, to be known as Nextera Enterprises. In 1998 it was acquired

by Nextera, which also has Lexecon and Nextera Interactive as separate

business units. "Collaboration among these groups has led to

a diverse team of consultants with services that are particularly

attuned to these times of great change," says Janet Dow, market

relations manager. "We are approaching the marketplace as a

unified

company with more than 600 consultants who have deep and function

expertise in human capital and technology solutions."

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Contracts Awarded

FrontLine Technologies Inc., 3131 Princeton Pike,

Building 4, Suite 206, Lawrenceville 08648. Kris Subramaniam,

principal.

609-912-0004; fax, 609-912-0307.

The 40-person IT consulting company designed and installed a mission

critical E-service system for the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging,

a 400-person agency funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging

(www.pcaphl.org).

The Consumer and Provider System (CAPS) was a

three-year

job to redesign and automate the work of eight departments including

provider billing, departmental workflow, and wait list management.

The system also does internal and external statistical reports, says

Peter Gust, vice president of technology. FrontLine Technologies does

client server application development with Visual Basic and relational

databases, and it is a premier partner of Vision Software.

PharmaSeq Inc., 11 Deer Park Drive, Princeton

Corporate

Plaza, Suite 204, Monmouth Junction 08852. Wlodek Mandecki, president

and CEO. 732-355-0100; fax, 732-355-0102. Home page:

www.pharmaseq.com

After a two-year collaboration with the Sarnoff Corporation, Wlodek

Mandecki announced his firm has made its first fully functional

light-powered

nanotransponder using a chip measuring six nanoliters, less than 1/000

the size of a grain of rice.

This DNA chip achieved a record of being the smallest, externally

powered, monolithic integrated circuit that can transmit its identity

code by radio frequency. It will help develop microchip flow systems

for DNA assays and is suitable for high-throughput assays in biology,

medicine, combinatorial chemistry, and drug discovery.

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Deaths

Mila Gibbons , 87, on December 16. A professional dancer

with Loie Fuller in the 1930s, she founded and operated the Aparri

School of Dance on Nassau Street for more than 40 years. A memorial

service will be at the Princeton University Chapel on Sunday, January

14, at 1:30 p.m.

Terri Anderson-Hyman , 49, on December 17. She was a packer

at Grainger Distribution Center in Cranbury.

Myroslaw "Mike" Kardasz , 54, on December 18. He

was a telecommunications manager with Dow Jones.

Barry A. Omilinsky , 57, on December 19. He was a chemical

consultant who owned two companies, Formulogics and Ocapco.

Richard A. Tindall , 56, on December 19. With his brother

he owned Farmdale Farms in West Windsor.

Harold E. Wertz , 69, on December 21. He was a stationary

engineer with Princeton University.

James B. Owens, 71, on December 25. He had been a senior

engineer for Mobil Oil Corp.

Max Winget , 72, on December 26. A traffic safety

consultant,

he had been public relations director for AAA Central-West Jersey.

Edward A. Ring , 78, on January 1. He was president and

board chairman of Circle F. Manufacturing Company in Trenton.

James M. Tuozzolo , 57, on December 31. The principal

trumpet

player of the Greater Trenton Symphony, he had a heart attack after

performing in the New Year’s Eve concert. He also owned a paving

company,

Pat Pavers, in Hamilton.


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