ABB's distribution business had its roots in the 1989 purchase of Co-Optics Distribution by ABB's founder, Angel Alvarez, initiating more than two decades of expansion. The company increased its base of operations significantly with the April 1998 acquisition of RLI Vision, an RGP lab and ophthalmic products distribution business in Massachusetts.
ABB gained a strong West Coast presence in September 2002, with its acquisition of the C&E Vision Group's contact lens distribution division in San Clemente, California. In September and October of 2003, ABB bought the contact lens distribution arm of Optical Supply Buying Group and Contact Optical, respectively, adding numerous mid-west customers to its expanding eye care provider list. In June of 2005, ABB completed its acquisition of Wise Optical of Yonkers, New York.
In April of 2007, ABB Optical and CON-CISE Contact Lens Company, a leader in GP manufacturing and contact lens distribution on the West Coast, merged to form ABB CONCISE Optical Group LLC, the nation's largest contact lens distributor and Gas Permeable (GP) lens manufacturer. Primary Eyecare Network, a nationally recognized provider of practice enhancement products and services, located in San Ramon, CA, is a division of ABB CONCISE.
2012 was the most impressive in the company's history. In October 2012, private equity firm, New Mountain Capital of New York, recapitalized ABB CONCISE to support its continued growth and expansion. Two months later, ABB CONCISE merged with the nation's second largest contact lens distributor, Optical DIstributor Group (ODG) in Hawthorne, New York forming ABB OPTICAL GROUP.
Today, our customers span the nation. With hundreds of employees coast to coast and 21st century warehouse automation, we have built a loyal customer base by streamlining the ordering process with timely and accurate product delivery. Our strategic vision - understanding our customers and anticipating their needs - will ensure our continued success. For additional information, visit www.abbconcise.com and www.opticaldg.com.
ABB OPTICAL GROUP'S philosophy is centered around providing excellent service, employee development and constant and significant business improvement. We believe that you achieve excellent business results with involved and engaged employees and sound business processes. In addition to self-improvement, we work collectively with other distributors to raise the level of our entire channel.
At ABB OPTICAL GROUP, we encourage you to take control of your own journey. Life at ABB OPTICAL GROUP begins with your understanding our organization, your role, and your future. Development happens deliberately through our Leadership, Department prescribed skill training, the Academy of Excellence, Employee Voice, and Employee Recognition.