Company making fiber-optic couplers consolidates operations in Millersville

March 03, 1994|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff Writer

Gould Fiber Optics, which makes fiber-optic couplers, has moved from Glen Burnie to Millersville, consolidating 100 employees who had worked in two buildings at the Baymeadow Industrial Park.

The company moved in two phases to the I-97 Business Park on Benfield Boulevard. The manufacturing section moved the weekend of Feb. 18. The administrative section moved last weekend.

"What makes this so ideal is it brings everybody together under one roof and really consolidates our operations," said John A. Rosso, director of administration for the company, a division of Gould Electronics Inc., based in Eastlake, Ohio.

The division got its beginnings through research done at the Gould Research Center in Chicago and was founded in Glen Burnie in 1984 by Vincent J. Tekippe, the division's president and general manager.

The company makes couplers that split optical signals and distribute them in two or more directions. Couplers are used by the telecommunication and cable television industries, said Mr. Rosso.

Few companies in the county engage in such work. Because much of the work is considered of proprietary interest, Gould trains its employees. Most employees work in the manufacturing section, Mr. Rosso said.

The company looked at more than 25 sites before choosing the Millersville business park.

Mr. Rosso said the company "definitely wanted to stay in Anne Arundel. We have some very well-trained employees who live in the area."

The company occupies 25,142-square-feet at the business park, making it the largest tenant, said Jerry Wit, vice president of marketing for the owner, MIE Development Corp. Mr. Wit said Gould signed a 10-year lease, valued at about $3 million.

Gould had considered expanding at its former location, but decided to go with MIE because it was cheaper, Mr. Rosso said.

The building Gould occupies was built to its specifications and ,, took six months to construct, said Mr. Rosso.

"It's a very good move," said Corine Jones, a technician at Gould.

Ms. Jones said she liked the new facility because it was larger and puts everyone in the same building.

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