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Trumpf expands at Connecticut factory

06 May 2008

Production of laser products and research & development will be the main focus of a new facility on the company's Farmington site.

The Laser Innovation and Technical Excellence (LITE) building adds 86,000 square feet to the existing Trumpf campus at Farmington, and represents an investment of $29 million.

"The two main functions of the LITE building will be research and development and the production of laser products," Sheila LaMothe of Trumpf confirmed to optics.org. "At present, Trumpf's TruFlow and TruCoax CO2 lasers and Nd:YAG lasers will be produced there. All of these laser products were previously produced in our main building, which also housed our R&D function. The new facility will enable us to expand and streamline all these functions."

Along with a new production hall and a class 10,000 cleanroom designed for the manufacturing and testing of CO2 and solid-state resonators, LITE will also house the company's laser marking application and sales group.

"Trumpf's North American headquarters has been in Farmington since 1969 and the location has served the company well for nearly 40 years," commented LaMothe. "The company's machine tool and laser product divisions work closely together, particularly in the development and production of 2D laser cutting machines. Having the R&D and production for both divisions in the same location facilitates the development and production of machine tools that use our laser resonator products."

It is expected that production will be underway at the LITE facility by summer 2008.

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