Cheeks Optical Joins Vision Made Locally

We are proud to announce our newest participating lab; Cheeks Optical of Columbia, Tennessee. Visit their profile page or their website to learn more about this fabulous labs. As our number of participating labs continues to grow we remain committed to educating eye care practitioners, optical industry professionals and local communities on the benefits and value of choosing a local independent optical lab. 

Welcome LAP Optical To Vision Made Locally

We here at Vision Made Locally are excited to welcome LAP Optical of California to the network. LAP Optical Co. has been proudly serving the optical community for over 25 years. Their customers include some of the most successful practices in California.

Lee Pickett, owner and general manager, is actively involved in the optical community. LAP Optical is a long-time member of the Optical Laboratory Association (OLA) and the California Optical Laboratory Association (COLA). Lee has served on the COLA board for a number of years.

Please take a moment to visit their website at www.lapoptical.com or their VML profile page.

Vision Made Locally Becomes Official Sponsor of this Year’s “Manufacturing Day”

Vision Made Locally is proud to announce its official sponsorship of Manufacturing Day. This is an annual event in which manufacturers around the country open their doors in a coordinated effort to share their craft and company culture with their communities. 

Manufacturing Day, which is held the first Friday of every October (October 3, 2014 this year), is a day in which manufacturers across the nation hold open houses, public tours, workshops and other events. The mission is to educate the public about manufacturing, the manufacturers themselves and build stronger community partnerships.

Manufacturing Day is a great opportunity for Vision Made Locally and participating labs to amplify our effort to educate consumers and customers about what we do. By educating consumers about all that goes into filling a patient’s eyewear prescription helps build inherent value in the product and eye care businesses who partner with our labs.

There is not cost to host or attend a Manufacturing Day event. Vision Made Locally is strongly encouraging all manufacturers and laboratories in the optical industry to participate in the national event. This event enables us as an industry to take a hands on approach to educating consumers on the value of the product we produce.  

Manufacturing Day and Vision Made Locally also share a common message of the positive impact that choosing American manufactured products and local independent businesses has on the national and local economy. Statistics show manufacturing supports more than 17.5 million U.S. jobs and every $1.00 spent in manufacturing creates $1.48 for the U.S. economy. 

For more information visit mfgday.com or visionmadelocally.com/mfgday to keep up with Vision Made Locally’s corresponding “Manufacturing Day” promotional efforts. 

3 New Labs For The Month Of May

We are proud to to announce our 3 newest Vision Made Locally participating labs, 'N-Focus Optical Lab of Vienna, WV, Professional Optical of Dickinson, TX, Tri-State Optical of Shreveport, LA. These locally owned an operated optical labs bring with them their commitment to quality, service and their customers. We invite you to visit each labs profile page to learn more about each of them at visionmadelocally.com. For those of you who are counting Vision Made Locally is now 24 labs strong and still growing. We have a lot more planned for the second half of 2014 so keep an eye out. 

Welcome Gold Eagle Optics & Chitwood Optical to VML

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We are excited to announce our newest Vision Made Locally participating labs: Gold Eagle Optics of Ocean Springs, MS & Chitwood Optical of Fayetteville, AR. Visit their profile pages to learn more about these fabulous labs. As our number of participating labs continues to grow we remain committed to educating eye care practitioners, optical industry professionals and local communities on the benefits and value of choosing a local independent optical lab. Where it’s made matters. Learn why today!

Ask a Lab Guy (or Gal)

The 2nd Installment Of The "Ask A Lab Guy" Campaign On Its Way

Vision Made Locally is excited to have our 2nd “Ask A Lab Guy” mailing hitting the printers and being sent off to our labs local and state markets as well as hundreds of industry professionals. Our first mailing had a great response and we are expecting even more with our second. The mailing should be hitting mailboxes in just over two weeks.