VSP Optics Group Acquires Capitol Optical Laboratory

Lab will expand service to VSP doctors and patients in Pacific Northwest
Rancho Cordova, Calif., September 16, 2010 – VSP Optics Group, as part of VSP GlobalSM, today announced the acquisition of Capitol Optical, a full-service optical laboratory located in Olympia, Washington.   “Capitol Optical will help us better serve VSP doctors and their patients in the Pacific Northwest,” said Don Oakley, President of VSP Optics Group. “Capitol Optical has an impressive history of providing quality products and superior service to their customers. To further benefit our customers, we will transform Capitol Optical into a world-class laboratory by enhancing current capabilities and incorporating the latest in advanced lab equipment. That work will begin immediately.”   Founded in 1952, Capitol Optical was purchased by Steve Mullen and Jean Frieler in 2006. Under Mullen and Frieler’s management, Capitol Optical built a strong reputation for providing great service and products to its customers, including the production of Ethos™, their in-house anti-reflective coating, and becoming an authorized distributor of advanced ophthalmic products.   Mullen will serve in the role of lab director of Capitol Optical, reporting to Warren Meyer, VSP’s Vice President of Laboratory Operations. Frieler has been named Regional Business Development Manager, reporting to Ed Morris, Director of National Sales and Marketing for VSP Optics Group.        
About VSP Optics Group As part of VSP GlobalSM, VSP Optics Group provides a broad range of ophthalmic products and services to VSP’s network of 27,000 private practice doctors. VSP Optics Group includes VSP Labs, which have served eyecare professionals as industry leaders in new technologies for over 35 years. VSP Optics Group also develops and markets privately branded, high-quality ophthalmic products, such as premium progressive lenses, to support and meet the needs of private practice doctors and their patients.





Pat McNeil