Meadowlark Optics acquires portion of Boulder Nonlinear

FREDERICK — Meadowlark Optics Inc. has acquired the commercial products group of Boulder Nonlinear Systems Inc., a photonics company based in Lafayette.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Boulder Nonlinear’s commercial products group, including equipment and seven employees, has been moved to Meadowlark’s operations in Frederick, where it maintains a 20,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing plant for its precision optical components.

“We are very excited about the prospects ahead as we blend the considerable talents and technology of the BNS SLM group with Meadowlark’s existing precision optical components business,” said Garry Gorsuch, president and chief executive of Meadowlark, in a prepared statement.

Kelly Gregorak, who led Boulder Nonlinear’s commercial products group, will lead the group for Meadowlark Optics as director of its SLM business unit. With the acquisition, Meadowlark employs 40 people.

“We’re doing the same thing for Meadowlark that we were doing for Boulder Nonlinear,” Gregorak said. “We’re just in a different building.” The two companies had worked closely in the past, she said.

Boulder Nonlinear develops and makes devices using liquid crystals for optical computing, telecommunications, medical imaging and research applications. The company, with its remaining 11 employees, will continue to work on research and development of optical products, President Steve Serati said.

“Our focus has always been on developing state-of-the-art, application-specific systems that incorporate SLM (spatial light modulator) technology,” Serati said. “Meadowlark’s dedication to quality and their ability to manufacture on a larger scale make them the right fit for the commercialization of BNS prototype developments.” Serati said Meadowlark Optics has the first right of refusal to commercialize future Boulder Nonlinear prototypes that fit into its portfolio of products.