Integra Optics wraps up 2015 with SmartCoder Launch!

Following a successful year of tremendous growth, Integra Optics closed out 2015 by unveiling an innovative new product, the SmartCoder! Integra Optics’ SmartCoder allows network engineers to quickly and easily recode transceivers to be compatible with virtually all network platforms.

Integra Optics hosted an exclusive SmartCoder launch at their headquarters in Latham, N.Y., to kick off the products’ official debut into the market. Customers flew in from around the country to be among the first to witness the SmartCoder in action. Demos of the SmartCoder were provided by the company’s engineering team, as well as tours of the company’s brand new office facility – located inside a renovated airplane hangar. Following the event, attendees were treated to a private screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on opening night.

The SmartCoder launch was a huge success, and the product is already making waves across the industry! Lightwave recently featured the SmartCoder as a new innovative technology. Click here to check out the article!

Click here to check out photos from the event! Learn more about the SmartCoder!

Integra Optics Expands Management Team with Three New Hires!

LATHAM, N.Y. November, 12th 2015 – Integra Optics, a leading fiber optic solutions company, and one of the fastest-growing companies in New York State’s Capital Region, added three new managers to its senior team: Sr. Director of Product Management, John Homsey, Sr. Director of Marketing, Paul Fahey, and Director of Human Resources, Nick Abdo.

“It’s an exciting time for the company,” says Integra Optics CEO, Dave Prescott. “We quickly emerged as a market leader and are focused on hiring and developing internal talent to sustain our position and seize opportunities in the marketplace. Our growth has been driven by a partnership commitment to our customers with technical expertise, leading edge products, and unsurpassed customer support. John, Paul and Nick will help sustain our momentum and deliver on these core values.”

Homsey, a thought leader and futurist in the field of telecommunications, now leads the Product Development team in identifying and developing new products and solutions that are specifically designed to meet Integra Optics customers’ unique needs. “We look at all the different facets of the industry and the products and how they affect our customers,” Homsey says. “From there we determine how we can help our customers’ day-to-day operations and future needs.” During his 30-year career in the cable and telecommunications industries, Homsey primarily held Director and VP roles overseeing a wide range of departments including sales, technology development, operations, project management, marketing, and engineering.

Fahey, a seasoned marketer, will lead the Marketing team in conceptualizing and implementing Integra Optics’ overall market strategy for domestic and emerging international opportunities. His responsibilities include business and market development, research and planning, strategic direction for promotion, PR and advertising, and strong support for the company’s sales teams. Most recently, Fahey held the post of Marketing Agency Director for Proctors, a regional network of theaters and a travel and tourism bureau. Prior to that, Fahey was the Chief Operating Officer for 11 years at Zone 5 – a marketing, branding, and PR agency in Albany.

Abdo will oversee all aspects of Integra’s human resources department, including employee relations, training, benefits, talent recruitment, retention, development, policy creation & administration, and driving all other HR initiatives. Previous to Integra Optics, Abdo served as Director of Human Resources for X-ray Optical Systems (XOS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Danaher Corp, in East Greenbush, where he was responsible for developing and overseeing the entire HR function. Prior to that role, Abdo was a Senior HR Business Partner for Philips Healthcare, where he led the full-scale post-acquisition implementation of Philips’ HR systems and practices.

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Integra Optics is the nation’s fastest-growing fiber optics solutions provider and the #2 fastest-growing company in New York State’s Capital Region, according to the 2014 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Integra Optics has earned national recognition for its high-performance optical equipment that is compatible with virtually all network platforms. The company is also known for their custom-engineered networking solutions, rapid delivery time, and white-glove customer service. Integra Optics was voted a 2015 Top Workplace in the Albany-based Times Union newspaper, and as a veteran-owned business, is also the home of the Marine Corps Toys-for-Tots program in the Capital Region. For more information visit IntegraOptics.com.

Integra Optics Kicks Off 2015 Toys for Tots Campaign!

The Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots 2015 holiday season program was officially launched at Integra Optics’ headquarters last month, making this the 3rd year in a row that the company has served as the home for the program in upstate New York.

A press conference was held at Integra Optics’ facility in late October to signify the kick-off of the program, and to acknowledge the local businesses and organizations that donate to the campaign every year. This year, a total of $91,000 dollars in donations was given to support the campaign; $40,000 of which was donated by Integra Optics.

As a veteran-owned business, with many veteran employees, Integra Optics shares a special relationship with the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program, especially because the coordinator of the campaign is a veteran, and an Integra Optics employee.

Albert Roman Jr., Logistics Supervisor at Integra, is a retired Marine Corps veteran and has been the Toys for Tots Program Coordinator for upstate New York for the past two years. Upon retiring from the Marine Corps after a 16-year career, Roman began running the program from the Marine Corps Reserve Center in Glenville, N.Y. until the center closed down in 2012. It was then that Integra Optics CEO, Dave Prescott, suggested that Roman run the program out of Integra Optics’ headquarters in Latham, N.Y. As the Program Coordinator, Roman oversees the collection and distribution of thousands of donated toys across upstate New York. In the two years that Roman has been running the program from Integra Optics, over 200,000 toys have been delivered to children across the state. It’s a huge undertaking, but Roman is proud to do it, and he takes much satisfaction in knowing that he is leading an effort that brings great joy to thousands of children every holiday season.

Roman says, “Coming from a poor background, and being able to make a difference in a kids’ life is important because someone needs to show or tell these kids that no matter what situation they are currently going through, there will be a better tomorrow, and I’m living proof of it.”

Prescott is also more than happy to allow the Toys for Tots program to operate out of Integra Optics’ facility. “As a veteran owned business, Integra Optics is proud to support the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign,” he says. “It’s a great feeling to be able to help Toys for Tots in ensuring that thousands of children will have a present to open on Christmas morning.”

The 2015 Toys for Tots campaign is off to a tremendous start. Thousands of toys have already been collected, and hundreds of donation bins have been distributed at locations across the state. It’s safe to say that with Roman once again leading this year’s Toys for Tots program, the organization is well on its way to reaching their goal of collecting 200,000 toys.

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Corporate Branded Wear Steps Up: Custom Clothes for Busy Professionals

ALBANY, N.Y., October 26th 2015 – Two Capital Region companies are working together to advance the caliber of corporate apparel for male and female sales staff alike.  Semi-Lux, Inc., a local custom clothing company, will be making custom dresses and shirts for members of the Integra Optics staff. Going with a custom manufacturer permits Integra Optics to select the fabric, style, and color of the garments for its sales personnel, guaranteeing that each shirt or dress is a perfect fit.

Integra Optics officials expect that this will improve overall employee appearance, and offer uniformity between genders at trade shows and networking events, where personal appearance is at a premium.

“Too often, women employees are representing their company in corporate logo wear that is just smaller sizes of men’s clothing. It is uncomfortable for the ladies, and usually a poor fit. The custom aspect of the clothing allows for far more choice as well. Ladies can select from a range of dress styles, all of the same fabric and color, all with the corporate logo. The best part of the custom dresses is, they are designed for travel and wear well,” says Heather Dwyer, owner of Semi-Lux.

About Integra Optics

Integra Optics is the nation’s fastest-growing fiber optics solutions provider and the #2 fastest-growing company in New York State’s Capital Region, according to the 2014 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Integra Optics has earned national recognition for its industry standard optical transceivers that are compatible with virtually all network platforms. Its deep portfolio of high-performance optical equipment also includes passives, fiber jumpers, and testing equipment. Integra Optics is a veteran-owned business, and was voted a 2015 Top Workplace in the Albany-based Times Union newspaper. The company is also the home for Toys-for-Tots in the Capital Region.

About Semi-Lux

Semi-Lux is a custom clothing company that caters to busy people where they spend most of their time, typically at the office.  Many of the garments of one-of-a-kind, and thus are ideal for a corporation looking to distinguish itself from the competition. For every ten custom shirts that Semi-Lux makes, a custom shirt is made for a disabled Veteran.  Semi-Lux is headquartered in Albany, NY.

Contact

To learn more about Semi-Lux, or about obtaining custom logo wear for your employees, please call:

Heather Dwyer, CEO

518 545 6296

heather@semiluxinc.com

Integra Optics Supports Child Rescue Network in 2015 Fireball Run!

LATHAM, N.Y., October, 12th, 2015 – Integra Optics, a leading fiber optic solutions company, competed in the 2015 Fireball Run earlier this month – an annual 8-day competition featuring over 40 teams in a 2,000 mile race across America that raises awareness of missing children and the Child Rescue Network. Integra Optics’ CEO Dave Prescott, and COO Jeff DeWeese, represented the company in its third consecutive year participating in the race, and finished 3rd in the SUV category and 9th overall.

Throughout the race, all teams take part in a massive campaign called The Race to Recover America’s Missing Children, for which each team distributes 1,000 flyers of a missing child in the hopes of increasing awareness. Prescott and DeWeese represented Monique Santiago, who was abducted in March 1990 from Albany, NY. Since 2007, the Fireball Run’s missing children campaign has resulted in the successful recovery of numerous missing children.

“The cause behind the Fireball Run is the biggest reason why Integra Optics competes every year,” says Prescott. “The Fireball Run organization, and every team that competes in the race puts in a tremendous amount of effort in raising awareness of these missing children, and Integra Optics is so proud to contribute to such an important campaign.”

This year the race began on September 25th in Hartford, Connecticut, and finished in Cocoa Beach, Florida on October 3rd, with check points in six different cities along the east coast. At each check point, teams were required to distribute flyers and complete various challenges that would earn them points and lead them to the next stop.

During their journey, Prescott and DeWeese visited a number of historic locations and were able to touch historical artifacts that are usually restricted from the general public. Such artifacts included a 1500 year-old peace pipe, Saddam Hussein’s gun, a 1924 Olympic gold medal, remains of a bomb from the Mars Bluff Bomb Incident, and John Wilkes Booth’s pistol, which is thought to be used in the assassination of President Lincoln. DeWeese and Prescott were also allowed into the old Mission Control Center at the Kennedy Space Center.

Other notable participants in this year’s Space-themed Fireball Run included Shuttle Astronaut, Capt. Jon McBride; India’s first Cosmonaut, Cmdr. Rakesh Sharma; France’s first Astronaut, Major General Jean-Loup Chretien; and Brazil’s first Astronaut, Lt Col. Marcos Pontes.

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About Integra Optics

Integra Optics is the nation’s fastest-growing fiber optic solutions provider and the #2 fastest-growing company in New York State’s Capital Region, according to the 2014 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Integra Optics has earned national recognition for its industry standard optical transceivers that are compatible with virtually all network platforms. Its deep portfolio of high-performance optical equipment also includes passives, fiber jumpers, and testing equipment. Integra Optics was voted a 2015 Top Workplace in the Albany-based Times Union newspaper, and is also the home for Toys-for-Tots in the Capital Region. Check out their website at IntegraOptics.com.

Integra Optics to Unveil New Product at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo!

LATHAM, N.Y. October 9th, 2015 – Integra Optics, a leading global provider of fiber optic solutions, is revealing their brand new product – SmartCoder, at this year’s SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans, October 13th – 16th.

Integra Optics’ SmartCoder allows users to easily reconfigure Integra Optics’ transceivers for any network hardware. Upon installing the SmartCoder application to a computer, users can recode or troubleshoot their own optics while out in the field. SmartCoder provides three plugs for SFP/SFP+, QSFP+ and XFP optical transceivers.

“With SmartCoder, network engineers have the ability to recode their optics whenever they need to while working out in the field,” says Scott Owens, Manager of Engineering & IT at Integra Optics. “They’ll be able to finish their projects more quickly and be more productive.”

Integra Optics recently completed a SmartCoder beta program with select customers, including Charter Communications, who were impressed by the product’s capabilities and how easily it can be used in the field. The feedback from Charter Communications’ employees was very positive and included such comments as: “The SmartCoder is easy to use – even without having to read directions,” “It’s a great tool to have in our crash kits,” and “The SmartCoder is quick, simple, and easy.”

The Integra Optics team is just as excited about the new SmartCoder as Charter Communications.

“The entire idea behind Integra Optics’ SmartCoder was to provide our customers with a solution that increases their efficiency, productivity, and ability to support their customers,” says Jean Sullivan, the Vice President of Operations at Integra Optics. “SmartCoder allows our customers to easily update and deploy their network architecture in order to better meet the demands of their customers.”

The Integra Optics team will be demonstrating the capabilities of SmartCoder at booth #1009 throughout all three days of the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. Attendees will also have the opportunity to win a free SmartCoder by entering a raffle drawing at the booth. In addition, VIP wristbands to an exclusive event at the House of Blues will be given to attendees who check out the SmartCoder demo at Integra Optics’ booth.

For more information about Integra Optics’ SmartCoder, please sign up here http://integraoptics.com/cms/?p=658 and a member of our engineering team will gladly contact you.

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About Integra Optics

Integra Optics is the nation’s fastest-growing fiber optics solutions provider and the #2 fastest-growing company in New York State’s Capital Region, according to the 2014 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Integra Optics has earned national recognition for its industry standard optical transceivers that are compatible with virtually all network platforms. Its deep portfolio of high-performance optical equipment also includes passives, fiber jumpers, and testing equipment. Integra Optics was voted a 2015 Top Workplace in the Albany-based Times Union newspaper, and is also the home for Toys-for-Tots in the Capital Region. Check out their website at IntegraOptics.com.

Integra Optics’ Employee Earns Toys for Tots’ Top Coordinator Award!

LATHAM, N.Y., September 28,2015 – Integra Optics’ Logistics Supervisor, Albert Roman Jr., was recently named the 2014 Toys for Tots’ Coordinator of the Year for the Northeast region by the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Foundation. He also received the 2014 Local Community Organization Campaign of the Year award for the Northeast region.

Out of 130 Toys for Tots campaigns within the Northeast that were considered for the 2014 season, Roman’s Albany, NY-based campaign was chosen to receive the award, and Roman was selected as Coordinator of the Year for leading the tremendously successful campaign.

In total, six campaign winners were selected for the award – one for each region in the U.S., and a National campaign winner was chosen as well. The campaign winners were determined by a number of different criteria, including: scope of campaign and area covered, responsiveness to the Foundation and local requests, interaction with local businesses/media/schools/organizations, maximizing use of monetary donations to purchase toys, accuracy in record keeping, and efficiency in depositing donations.

Roman was honored for his contributions to the organization at the 2015 Toys for Tots Coordinator Conference held at The National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia, September 17th-20th. Nearly 500 Program Coordinators attended the event, during which they learned everything from handling donations and coordinating drop offs, to understanding how the IRS tax rules affect campaigns. Participants also had the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other.

As the Toys for Tots’ Program Coordinator for upstate New York over the past five years, Roman oversees the collection and distribution of thousands of donated toys across the entire region. For the 2014 holiday season, the Toys for Tots campaign delivered over 114,000 toys to children throughout upstate New York. It’s a huge undertaking, but Roman is proud to do it, and he takes much satisfaction in knowing that he is leading an effort that brings great joy to thousands of children.

Roman says, “Coming from a poor background, and being able to make a difference in a kids’ life is important because someone needs to show or tell these kids that no matter what situation they are currently going through, there will be a better tomorrow, and I’m living proof of it.”

Following Romans’ 16-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, he began running the Toys-for-Tots program from the Marine Corps Reserve Center in Albany, N.Y. After the center closed down, Integra Optics CEO, Dave Prescott, suggested that Roman run the program out of Integra Optics’ headquarters in Latham, N.Y., and the company is now the home of Toys for Tots for the upstate New York region. This year’s Toys for Tots campaign will kick off in October.

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About Integra Optics

Integra Optics is the nation’s fastest-growing fiber optics solutions provider and the #2 fastest-growing company in New York State’s Capital Region, according to the 2014 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Integra Optics has earned national recognition for its industry standard optical transceivers that are compatible with virtually all network platforms. Its deep portfolio of high-performance optical equipment also includes passives, fiber jumpers, and testing equipment. Integra Optics was voted a 2015 Top Workplace in the Albany-based Times Union newspaper, and is also the home for Toys-for-Tots in the Capital Region. Check out their website at IntegraOptics.com.

 

Integra Optics Participating in 2015 Fireball Run!

UNIVERSAL FLORIDA – David Prescott, CEO, and Jeff DeWeese, COO, of leading, Albany, NY-based fiber optics solutions company, Integra Optics, have been selected to participate in Season 9, FIREBALL RUN Space Race, which is a Factual Entertainment adventure-travel competition show. Factual television is a genre of non-fiction featuring actual events and people. The 13 episode FIREBALL RUN is a streaming series in America, it is televised internationally and some portions are broadcasted live.

FIREBALL RUN is the story of a legendary 8-day, 2,000 mile life-sized trivia game where America is the game board. 40 driving teams embark upon an epic and emotional road trip; to score and win, they must solve trivia clues which lead them to places and moments they will never forget. All while aiding in a massive campaign called The Race to Recover America’s Missing Children.

In the FIREBALL RUN game driving teams are provided trivia clues scripted around unique points of interest. When solved the answer reveals a location which the teams must travel to. Upon arrival to the destination they accomplish tasks and activities, most of which are once in a lifetime, rare, historic or exclusive experiences. Teams achieve points for successful activity completion. Contestants are competing for bragging rights, a greater cause, and a plastic road sign.

Prescott and DeWeese are representing Monique Santiago, who was abducted on March 29, 1990 from the city of Albany, NY. Throughout the race, Prescott and DeWeese, who are competing as I-Team, will be distributing 1,000 posters in an effort to raise awareness for the missing child. FIREBALL RUN’s media campaign has resulted in the successful recovery of 45 missing children. This will be Integra Optics’ third consecutive year participating in the race, and the company is proud to partake in an outstanding event that raises awareness of missing children.

The highly complex production is filmed in “real time” (i.e. as it happens) over 8 days beginning in Hartford, CT September 26th through October 3rd finishing in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Contestants are not road racing; in fact, their driving speed is monitored in by AmberAlertGPS®. Fans can even follow the GPS signal of their favorite team, in real time, as they traverse along a map at www.fireballrun.com

Other notable Season 9 participants include Shuttle Astronaut, Capt. Jon McBride; India’s first Cosmonaut, Cmdr. Rakesh Sharma; France’s first Astronaut, Major General Jean-Loup Chretien; Brazil’s first Astronaut, Lt Col. Marcos Pontes; Actress Jacqueline Siegel, Queen of Versailles; Ray McClelland, Car Warriors; Retired NFL player, Jody Schulz; America’s Next Top Model, Adrianne Curry; Grant Imahara, Myth Busters.

Notable vehicles range from the Delorean Time Car from Back to the Future II, a Vector M-12, a one of a kind Devon,1978 Rolls Royce, several Ferraris and Lamborghinis, 1976 Chrysler Cordoba, Lincoln Limousine, M925 BMY Harsco military vehicle, 1958 Mercedes 300D, Bentley, Porsche, AMG s63, as well as an assortment of American muscle, modern and vintage vehicles.

(2015) FIREBALL RUN Space Race; Sept 26-Oct 3 Hartford, CT – Florida’s Space Coast. Other destinations include: Queen Anne’s County, MD, Williamsburg, VA, Topsail Beach, NC, Florence, SC, Liberty County, GA, and Sanford, FL.

Series supporters include; Florida’s Space Coast Tourism, Alfred-State University, Solo Cup, AlertGPS, Clearchannel, O’Donnell Corporation, Starr Hill Vineyards, Busch Gardens, Yankee Candle, Honda, VehicleWraps1.com, Avery Dennison, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and LuxuryLifestyle.com.

Content for this release provided by Fireball Run. For additional info, photos, video or interviews email media@fireballrun.com

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Integra Optics is the nation’s fastest-growing fiber optics solutions provider and the #2 fastest-growing company in New York State’s Capital Region, according to the 2014 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Integra Optics has earned national recognition for its Dave & Jeff - Open Houseindustry standard optical transceivers that are compatible with virtually all network platforms. Its deep portfolio of high-performance optical equipment also includes passives, fiber jumpers, and testing equipment. Integra Optics was voted a 2015 Top Workplace in the Albany-based Times Union newspaper, and is also the home for Toys-for-Tots in the Capital Region. Check out their website at IntegraOptics.com.

 

Integra Optics Hires Two Account Executives!

LATHAM, N.Y., September 21st, 2015 – Integra Optics, a leading global carrier of fiber optic components and one of the fastest-growing companies in N.Y. State’s Capital Region, continues to expand their business with the hiring of two new Account Executives this week: Ken Oakley, and Alaina Nash.

Oakley will be based in the Indianapolis market, and he will use his significant experience in the telecom industry to grow Integra Optics’ business with some of the fastest-growing network service providers in the central part of the country. Oakley’s deep-seeded relationships with customers, along with his solid understanding of the market will help Integra Optics to significantly expand their customer base throughout the central region. Oakley will also play a key role in continuing to deliver personalized service to existing customers within his region.

Nash, who is based in the Denver market, will be focusing on growing Integra Optics’ business with some of the largest ISPs, CLECs, ILECs and MSOs in the country. She will also be delivering personalized service to current customers in her region.

“Both Ken and Alaina are geographically positioned in two very strategic areas, allowing us to be closer to our customers and to continue delivering the outstanding service levels our customers are accustomed to,” says the Vice President of Sales, Dan Maynard. “They are a great cultural fit for our team and we look forward to seeing them develop at Integra.”

Oakley has an extensive background in sales and sales management with companies such as Dasan Networks USA, Hitachi Systems, Calix, and Adtran. In addition, Oakley has held leadership positions with Walker & Associates, Alltel Supply, and Contel. He earned an Associate Degree from Victor Valley Junior College in Victorville, CA and has attended numerous sales, marketing, and sales management programs throughout his career. Ken currently resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Nash comes to Integra Optics with an extensive background in sales, sales management, sales training, and market development positions with companies such as Comcast, Philips Sonicare, and Black & Decker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado and currently lives north of Denver in Arvada, Colorado.

About Integra Optics

Integra Optics is the nation’s fastest-growing fiber optics solutions provider and the #2 fastest-growing company in New York State’s Capital Region, according to the 2014 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Integra Optics has earned national recognition for its industry standard optical transceivers that are compatible with virtually all network platforms. Its deep portfolio of high-performance optical equipment also includes passives, fiber jumpers, and testing equipment. Integra Optics was voted a 2015 Top Workplace in the Albany-based Times Union newspaper, and is also the home for Toys-for-Tots in the Capital Region. Check out their website at IntegraOptics.com.

Integra Optics & IntegraLED Host Ribbon Cutting Celebration For New Multipurpose Space

LATHAM, N.Y.Integra Optics and IntegraLED cut the ribbon on their new office and public venue space at their facility on the grounds of the Albany International Airport. In June, both companies expanded into a second renovated airplane hangar. The opening marks an exciting milestone for these two companies as they continue to expand across the United States and internationally.

Integra Optics is a veteran-owned business, certified by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, and led by an executive team with vast experience in the cable and telecommunications industries. The company greatly supports the hiring of both veterans and active reserve members. Integra Optics is also the Capital Region’s home for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots, run by one of its veteran employees.

IntegraLED specializes in the design and installation of low-cost LED lighting systems. Their LED lights illuminate the hangar and offices. LED lightbulbs use 90 percent less electricity than standard bulbs, and last 40 times longer than your standard incandescent bulb.

“This is an incredible company that’s harnessing 21st century technology to benefit our community and the entire region,” said Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, who represents the 111th Assembly District.  “Additionally, this is a company that cares about the community, creating new jobs and emphasizing the hiring of veterans.”

Integra executives welcomed local and state elected officials and area business leaders to an open house celebration on August 13th to unveil the hangar’s public event space. A few lucky guests won the chance to take a flight in the company-owned Pilatus PC-12 aircraft – also available for charter.

The open house also celebrated Integra’s recent launch of their new international division – Integra Brasil, as well as the opening of their new office in Sao Paulo, Brasil. Integra Brasil will focus on expanding the business throughout South and Central America.

“We are so proud to be part of the team at Integra as we launch our first international office in Brazil,” said the President of Integra Brasil, Odilon Claro, at the open house. “It’s very exciting to be part of a company that is growing so quickly on the international scale, and we look forward to keeping that momentum going by continuing our growth throughout Brazil, and Central and South America.”

The inspiration for the facility’s design came from Integra Optics Founder and CEO, Dave Prescott. An active pilot and airplane collector, Prescott wanted to incorporate an aviation theme into the new office. Prescott worked with interior designer Diane Meyer to bring the ideas to life.

While the design does incorporate bits and pieces of mid-twentieth century aviation, the overall look and feel of the space is progressive and innovative – reflecting Integra Optics’ and IntegraLED’s mission of offering quality, responsive products and service to their clients.

“This incredible space captures Integra’s vision and points to their future success,” said Thomas O’Conner, director, Government Relations, Capital Region Chamber. “From hiring our veterans to headquartering Toys for Tots and supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, this company has shown time and time again what it means to be a great corporate citizen.”

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About Integra Optics:

Integra Optics’ mission is to provide highly cost-effective network solutions with an unsurpassed level of quality, reliability, and responsiveness. Integra Optics has earned national recognition for its industry standard optical transceivers that are compatible with virtually all network platforms. It’s deep portfolio of high performance optical equipment also includes passives, fiber jumpers and testing equipment. The company serves over 300 customers throughout the U.S., Mexico, Central America, and South America.

About IntegraLED:

IntegraLED specializes in the design of cost-saving LED lighting solutions for commercial, industrial, municipal, and nonprofit clients. Converting outdated lighting systems over to technologically-advanced, cost- and energy-efficient LED lighting allows the customer to better control operating costs and increase their profit margins. By holding their superior lighting products to the highest standards, IntegraLED guarantees the absolute best quality for the customized solutions to fit the client’s needs.

NEW! 96 Channel DWDM Optical Power Meter

The Integra Optics’ 96 Channel DWDM Optical Power Meter is designed to measure the power and wavelength of DWDM C-band channels 1526.05 to 1563.86nm at 50GHz increments. It’s compact size and durable construction make it suitable for field operations.

Features:

  • Simultaneous measurement of optical power for 96 DWDM wavelengths
  • Compact size, portable, and easy to operate
  • Color LCD display
  • Ruggedized, shock-proof, splash-proof design
  • Low-power consumption and a long battery life
  • On-board storage to save and recall up to 400 data measurements
  • USB PC interface for storing measurement data

Integra Optics Employee an Honorary Guest Speaker at Veteran Art Show

LATHAM, N.Y. July 21st, 2015 – Integra Optics’ Logistic Supervisor, and retired Marine Corps veteran, Albert Roman Jr. (a.k.a Vinny), was an honorary guest speaker at the Art Takes Courage ceremony last month hosted by Living Resources’ Veterans Services Project (VSP) in Albany, N.Y.

The ceremony kicked off this summer’s Art Takes Courage exhibition, which features the artwork of veterans served by Living Resources’ VSP and Soldier On. The VSP is an initiative developed by Living Resources that provides numerous support services to veterans including: rehabilitation, home health aides and companions, and employment services.

In his address to attendees, which included over 100 veterans, and politicians such as Senator George Amedore Jr., Assemblymembers John T. McDonald III and Angelo Santabarbara, and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Roman talked about his experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as managing PTSD. He also emphasized the importance of organizations that provide veteran support services, like the VSP, and businesses that actively hire veterans, such as Integra Optics.

“Organizations that offer an opportunity for veterans to support each other are so important because veterans understand what other veterans are going through,” Roman says. “We can truly help each other through difficulties related to PTSD and other kinds of physical and emotional challenges that result from our experiences in the military. We are bound by our wounds, scars and experiences.”

Integra Optics, which is veteran owned, proudly supports hiring veterans as well as National Guard and Reserve members, and the company currently employees thirteen veterans. Integra Optics is also the Capital Region home for the Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots, and Roman coordinates the program at Integra Optics’ headquarters every holiday season.

The Art Takes Courage exhibit will be on display at Living Resources’ Miller Sanders Gallery through August 25th.Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 11.05.19 AMAbove photo: Event emcee Amy Amoroso, Veterans Business Advisor of the Small Business Development Center at UAlbany, Michael Cognetti, Living Resources Brain Injury Program/Veterans Services Project Director, and guest speaker GySgt Albert Roman, Jr., U.S. Marine Corps (retired)

About Integra Optics

Integra Optics is the nation’s fastest-growing fiber optics solutions provider and the #2 fastest-growing company in New York State’s Capital Region, according to the 2014 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Integra Optics has earned national recognition for its industry standard optical transceivers that are compatible with virtually all network platforms. Its deep portfolio of high-performance optical equipment also includes passives, fiber jumpers, and testing equipment. Integra Optics was voted a 2015 Top Workplace in the Albany-based Times Union newspaper, and is also the home for Toys For Tots in the Capital Region. Check out their website at IntegraOptics.com.