Author: 89N Admin

Williston VT — July 15th, 2021

89 North, an optical engineering design and manufacturing firm, has recently promoted Julie Martin to the role of Vice President from her previous role as General Manager. The firm is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chroma Technology, a leading manufacturer in optical filters using thin film coating technology.  The two firms work closely together in developing tools and technologies that allow scientific & industrial customers to harness the unique attributes of light.

Martin has been with 89 North since its inception in 2009, when the firm began as a spin-off to Chroma’s precision optical filter business.  At the time, Chroma was looking to create an in-house microscopy solutions offering that could straddle both the light illumination and light filtration aspects of fluorescence microscopy, and sell them on to the world’s most advanced scientific laboratories.

Since that time, and under Martin’s capable guidance, 89 North has created diverse microscopy solutions, including the LDI line of laser diode illumination solutions, PhotoFluor, and Heliophor products — the lattermost of which won the prestigious SPIE Prism Award. This prize is granted in recognition of photonics products that ‘make a difference, solve problems, and improve life’. It was an honor well suited to a firm that is known for its uniquely progressive, employee empowered culture.

“Julie has a unique set of skills that have served our firm well” commented Newell Lessell, CEO of Chroma Technology. Every day she demonstrates not only her ability to lead the creation of industry-pioneering and award-winning optical engineering solutions for a varied and demanding client base, but she accomplishes this with a selfless leadership style that is team focused and empathetic.”

Martin has directed the day-to-day operations of light source equipment development and manufacturing, and has recently supervised an expansion of the firm’s purview from a narrow focus on scientific microscopy solutions to a broader emphasis on industrial applications and OEM manufacturing solutions.  Her promotion recognizes the success of these efforts, and the opportunities that the firm is now increasingly embracing, in fields as diverse as high content bioanalytical analysis, automotive manufacturing, and industrial quality control.

About 89 North
89 North is an award winning optical engineering design and manufacturing firm residing in the Burlington Vermont area.  Originally focused on products for the laboratory sciences market, the firm is now assisting an ever-expanding number of firms deploy optical engineering solutions across their industries.

About Chroma Technology
Chroma Technology is a leading manufacturer and OEM supplier of highly precise optical filters using thin-film coating technology. The firm provides solutions for industries ranging from the life sciences and agriculture to manufacturing, inspection, security and aerospace.  The firm, which was recently awarded the Outstanding Vermont Business Award, was founded in 1991 as a 100% employee-owned company, and has recently completed a $22 million expansion of its facilities in Bellows Falls Vermont.

89 North, a subsidiary of Chroma Technology Corporation, is well positioned to capture growth in the rapidly expanding field of optical engineering & OEM engineering solutions.

89 North today launched a new stand-alone website which highlights their engineering and OEM offerings. The site, which can be seen at www.89north.com, is now separate and distinct from parent company Chroma’s website, and showcases 89 North’s continued expansion into OEM opto-electro-mechanical systems and manufacturing services. It includes many enhanced features that highlight the benefits of 89 North’s own products and those of its European partners. These features include:

● enhanced site search and product search filtering
● an expanded presentation of the firm’s LDI laser diode illumination line up for fluorescence microscopy
● an authoritative discussion of the firm’s products within various scientific applications and techniques

The site also features an expanded discussion of the company’s focus on OEM services in the design and manufacture of optical engineering systems.

“We’ve always had core strengths in optical system design and manufacturing, as evidenced by our award-winning illumination systems for the fluorescence microscopy market. However, with the launch of this new website, we’re now celebrating an expanded line up of services for OEM design and manufacturing beyond the core laboratory sciences market. This allows us to continue our growth in the bioanalytical device, photonics and imaging, and industrial inspection sectors,” said General Manager Julie Martin.

The website goes on to celebrate 89 North’s personnel, who collectively possess some of the industry’s most impressive opto-electro-mechanical engineering skills. These are derived from the firm’s unique historical partnerships with:

● the world’s most advanced laboratory science labs
● Chroma, the world leader in precise optical filters using thin-film coating technology
● Europe’s most advanced manufacturers of microscopy components

89 North is continuing to expand its horizons by deploying its skills in new industries as new technologies rapidly transform the ability of organizations to observe, measure, and refine their efforts through optical engineering.

“This new website positions 89 North to capitalize on the advancement of today’s fastest growing business sectors, including point-of-care medical testing equipment and industrial robotics — all of which involve the deployment and analysis of light to conduct their work,” said Chroma CTO/COO Janette Bombardier.

Clients and prospects of the firm are encouraged to visit and experience the new site at www.89north.com.

About 89 North:

89 North is an award-winning opto-electro-mechanical design and manufacturing firm located in the Burlington, Vermont area. Originally focused on products for the laboratory sciences market, the firm is now assisting an ever-expanding number of firms deploy optical engineering solutions across their industries.

About Chroma Technology:

Chroma Technology is a leading manufacturer and OEM supplier of highly precise optical filters using thin-film coating technology. The firm provides solutions for industries ranging from the life sciences and agriculture to manufacturing, inspection, security, and aerospace. The firm, which was recently awarded the Outstanding Vermont Business Award, was founded in 1991 as a 100% employee-owned company, and has recently completed a $22 million expansion of its facilities in Bellows Falls, Vermont.

BELLOWS FALLS, Vt. – Mara Neufeld Rivera, M.S., SHRM-SCP, has been named the 2020 Human Resources Professional of the Year by the Vermont State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management. The award, sponsored by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, was announced Sept. 15 at the joint conference of the Vermont and New Hampshire 2020 Twin State Virtual HR Summit. This prestigious award recognizes a human resources professional each year who inspires innovation, creativity, development, and organizational excellence that has significantly impacted business success in Vermont.

Mara currently serves as vice president, head of People & Culture at Chroma Technology Corp., a high-tech manufacturer for the scientific, biomedical, and photonics imaging industries located in Bellows Falls, Vt. Rebecca Greenough, director of the Vermont State Council, said, “It was a unanimous recommendation by the committee for this year’s awardee. Mara earned this through her hard work, diligence, ingenuity, and empathy – all the right elements for a great HR person!”

Newell Lessell, CEO for Chroma Technology, agreed. “A strong workplace culture is so important to a company’s success. Mara’s leadership as a human resources strategist and her deep passion for building best-in-class workplace cultures is a tremendous asset to Chroma.”

Prior to her role at Chroma Technology, Mara served as chief administrative officer of PC Construction, vice president of Human Resources and Communications for Simon Pearce, and principal at Mara Rae Consulting. She holds a Master of Science in human resources management from Milano Graduate School of International Affairs at The New School and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Queens College, City University of New York.

Mara is a SHRM senior-certified professional and a member of the national and several local SHRM chapters. She has served on the Industry Advisory Board of the City University of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, as an employer champion for the Working Bridges Employer Collaborative of Granite United Way, and as a member of the Corporate Workforce Development Committee of Vital Communities.

A 100% employee-owned company, Chroma Technology produces optical filters for the scientific, biomedical, photonics, and imaging and detection industries. The filters and mirrors that Chroma manufactures are used in microscopes, DNA sequencers, and clinical diagnostic devices, among other applications.

As seen in The Vermont Journal

On Monday, June 29, John Boutin, publisher of Vermont Business Magazine, and Betsy Bishop, president of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, traveled to Bellows Falls to confer the 2019 Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award on Chroma Technology Corp. Chroma CEO Newell Lessell and COO Janette Bombardier accepted the award on behalf of the 150 employees of the 29-year-old employee-owned optical filter manufacturer.

“It’s a tremendous honor for Chroma to be designated Vermont’s outstanding business of the year,” said Lessell, who was recently named CEO. “As a 100% employee-owned company, we strive to be not only a world-class supplier of optical filters but also a model employer and corporate citizen. We believe it’s possible to do well by doing good, and our 29-year history of consistent growth and profitability bears that out.” Chroma’s filter products are used in diverse applications across many industries, including the life sciences and medicine, agriculture, and manufacturing.

Bombardier noted, “Many are aware of Chroma’s technology and business growth success, but the company is also committed to the community through corporate giving, employee giving, and volunteerism. And our level of employee engagement is unique, given the employee board of directors’ structure, as well as actions to continuously improve our business and the sense of responsibility to our customers by the entire team.”

According to Boutin, the selection committee was unanimous in its decision to honor Chroma with this year’s award. The committee cited Chroma’s strong, continuous growth in revenue and employees, its commitment to community, its recognition of the environment as a natural and economic resource for Vermont, and its supportive work environment. Previous winners include Green Mountain Power (2018), Vermont Mutual Insurance Group (2017), and Marathon Health (2016).

When announcing the award earlier this month, Boutin said, “Chroma has shown great merit for the Deane C. Davis Award. Like Davis himself — former governor, CEO, and environmentalist — Chroma reflects Vermont’s diverse nature and radiates a savvy business sense.” Bishop noted, “Chroma’s designation as the winner of the award is a culmination of many years of success as a leading advanced manufacturer in Vermont.”

While most companies have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic, Chroma’s growth has increased. Its filters are in high demand from manufacturers of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) instruments, which detect the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, and also from researchers working on treatments for the disease.

About the Award
The Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year Award is presented annually by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine. It is named in honor of Governor Deane C. Davis (1900–1990). In 1968, at the age of 68, when most people look forward to retirement, Davis was elected governor of Vermont. He brought considerable experience to the governor’s office (1969–1973), gleaned over many years as a lawyer, corporate officer, and company president. He was a strong advocate of a sound economy based in a protected environment. Governor Davis was known as the “environmental governor” because of his strong support for Act 250, which was enacted during his administration. He also championed vigorous economic development.