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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
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
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
"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
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
"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
"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
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
provider of gigabit fiber optic solutions for high speed data
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
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
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
12, Princeton 08540. Gregory H. Olsen, president. 609-520-0610; fax,
609-520-0638. Home page: www.sensorsinc.com
Drive, West Trenton 08628. Yves Dzialowski, general manager.
fax, 609-538-8122. Home page: www.jdsuniphase.com
Phillips Boulevard, Ewing 08618. Steven Abramson, president.
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
for automobiles." The article also quotes a research company saying
the market for organic light-emitting devices could be $1 billion
Park, Trenton 08691. Howard D. Mathues, owner. 609-587-4949; fax,
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
The 50-year-old company was founded by Maurice Perelli, who sold the
to Mathues in 1992. Mathues moved it from South Broad Street in
Trenton in 1997.
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
to construct the sister building.
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.
Second Floor, Princeton 08540. Michael F. Rooney, COO. 609-951-6000;
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.
104 Carnegie Center, Princeton 08540. Mikihiko Obayashi PhD,
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.
08542. Philip Subhen, general manager. 609-688-8844; fax,
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.
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
industry. This year it was named as both an Inc 500 company and a
Forbes Fast 500.
Park, Suite 208, Princeton 08540. Donald Gallo, principal.
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
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
company with more than 600 consultants who have deep and function
expertise in human capital and technology solutions."
Building 4, Suite 206, Lawrenceville 08648. Kris Subramaniam,
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
The Consumer and Provider System (CAPS) was a
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.
Plaza, Suite 204, Monmouth Junction 08852. Wlodek Mandecki, president
and CEO. 732-355-0100; fax, 732-355-0102. Home page:
After a two-year collaboration with the Sarnoff Corporation, Wlodek
Mandecki announced his firm has made its first fully functional
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.
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.
at Grainger Distribution Center in Cranbury.
was a telecommunications manager with Dow Jones.
consultant who owned two companies, Formulogics and Ocapco.
he owned Farmdale Farms in West Windsor.
engineer with Princeton University.
engineer for Mobil Oil Corp.
he had been public relations director for AAA Central-West Jersey.
board chairman of Circle F. Manufacturing Company in Trenton.
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
Pat Pavers, in Hamilton.
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