1. Jenoptik Optical Systems to close Easthampton plant, eliminate 39 jobs | masslive

    Jenoptik Optical Systems to close Easthampton plant, eliminate 39 jobs | masslive

    Jenoptik Optical Systems is closing it plant on Industrial Drive and eliminating 39 local jobs because of falling demand from the Pentagon.

    Jenoptik used the Easthampton plant to make lenses for battlefield equipment like range-finders and night-vision goggles, said Jay Kumler, president of the German-owned company’s U.S. operations. He said the defense cuts that hurt Jenoptik predate the “sequester” cuts the federal government recently imposed.

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