Valdosta -- The Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority has announced a new high tech company will be moving in that could offer over 100 jobs to residents.
Valdosta Optic Labs, a branch of the California based Onyx Optics, will be moving in next month. The lab will use diamonds to manufacture bonded laser components using its patented adhesive-free bond technology to maximize performance for a new class of laser and communications devices for defense and homeland security.
Their lasers help the military with missile defense and disable improvised explosive devices. They will also team up with Valdosta State University to create a technology center and conduct research.
"We're hoping to really build on the physics program here at the university and not only for the goal of having hands on experience while the students are in school, but with a hope this will help keep some of the students here in town, because they'll be able to work at our facility," said Valdosta Optic Labs President Corinna Meissner.
The lab will open with seven to ten employees but hopes to build a team of 120 in the next 10 years.