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Photonics Technology

Orlando has developed a unique competitive position due to its strong university pipeline and longstanding history in aerospace technology and manufacturing. Strong assets like BRIDG, a versatile 200mm fabrication facility, and the University of Central Florida’s College of Optics & Photonics (CREOL) give photonics companies a competitive advantage in Orlando.

  • 2,170 Annual Graduates in Related Fields

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    Employment has Experienced 11 Percent Growth Since 2013

  • 23,360 Relevant Workers Including Electrical Engineers, Semiconductor Processors, and Other Related Functions

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Featured Optics & Photonics Companies

From innovation and initial concepts to manufacturing the final product, Orlando’s ecosystem of talent and attractive cost of doing business supports a thriving cluster of companies developing semiconductors, microelectronics and optics and photonics technology.

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a global aerospace and defense technology company.

Northrop Grumman

Company: Northrop Grumman

Industry: Aviation, Aerospace and Defense

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Description: Northrop Grumman is a global aerospace and defense technology company.

L3Harris Technologies

L3Harris Technologies (L3Harris) is an American technology company, defense contractor and information technology services provider.

L3Harris Technologies

Company: L3Harris Technologies

Industry: Aviation, Aerospace and Defense

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Description: L3Harris Technologies (L3Harris) is an American technology company, defense contractor and information technology services provider.

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin operates its Missiles and Fire Control research and development and manufacturing as well as its Training and Logistics…

Lockheed Martin

Company: Lockheed Martin

Industry: Aerospace

No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 5000-10000

Description: Lockheed Martin operates its Missiles and Fire Control research and development and manufacturing as well as its Training and Logistics Solutions facility focused on simulation-based training in the Orlando region.

OptiGrate

OptiGrate is a manufacturing facility.

OptiGrate

Company: OptiGrate

Industry: Optics and Photonics

No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 0-50

Description: OptiGrate is a manufacturing facility.

Luminar Technologies

Luminar is a sensor and software company with the vision to power every AV by delivering the only LiDAR capable…

Luminar Technologies

Company: Luminar Technologies

Industry: Electronics

No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 100-500

Description: Luminar is a sensor and software company with the vision to power every AV by delivering the only LiDAR capable of making them both safe and ubiquitous.

IPG Photonics

IPG Photonics is the leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance fiber lasers and amplifiers for diverse applications in numerous markets.

IPG Photonics

Company: IPG Photonics

Industry: Optics and Photonics

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Description: IPG Photonics is the leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance fiber lasers and amplifiers for diverse applications in numerous markets.

FARO Technologies

FARO Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and supports software driven three-dimensional (3D) measurement and imaging solutions.

FARO Technologies

Company: FARO Technologies

Description: FARO Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and supports software driven three-dimensional (3D) measurement and imaging solutions.

Photon-X

A high-technology, research and development corporation based in Kissimmee, Florida that specializes in the furtherance of 3D optical sensing and…

Photon-X

Company: Photon-X

Industry: Optics and Photonics

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Description: A high-technology, research and development corporation based in Kissimmee, Florida that specializes in the furtherance of 3D optical sensing and nano-material based tagging and detection technologies.

“Orlando is home to the highest concentration of LiDAR expertise in the world, all within a 10-mile radius of our building. There is a huge optics and photonics infrastructure and talent pool…”

– Jason Eichenholz

Co-Founder and CTO at Luminar Technologies

CREOL

For every one graduate from the Orlando region there are 11 regional jobs.

Compare to the San Francisco region – there is one graduate for every 30 jobs.

BREADTH OF EXPERIENCE, LESS COMPETITION

Specialized Workforce

Orlando possesses a high concentration of talented employees with the education and experience necessary to meet the skill needs of the region’s companies. From industry partnerships at the K-12 level to nationally recognized university programs, companies find the talent they need in Orlando without facing the fierce competition their peers encounter in other cities. 

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After All

Orlando possesses a high concentration of talented employees with the education and experience necessary to meet the skill needs of the region’s companies. From industry partnerships at the K-12 level to nationally recognized university programs, companies find the talent they need in Orlando without facing the fierce competition their peers encounter in other cities. 

https://www.creol.ucf.edu/

University of Central Florida

A world leader in education, research and industrial partnership.

The College of Optics & Photonics (CREOL)

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http://www.laser-tec.org/

Center for Lasers and Fiber Optics Education

Trains students across the United States to become laser and fiber optic technicians and partners with 34 colleges and more than 250 companies.

Program led by Indian River State College

BUILD OR RENT YOUR CASTLE

Featured Properties

Orlando is a cost-effective location, whether you plan to build, buy or lease. 

Central Florida Research Park

The Central Florida Research Park is a campus-like environment for business, located adjacent to the University of Central Florida. Businesses that desire a “university relationship” can purchase land in the Research Park on which to construct a facility or can lease space for office, office/lab or light manufacturing uses.

NeoCity

NeoCity

Way beyond a traditional research park, NeoCity is a master-planned mixed-use research and technology district and community. Connected to a regional network of research and educational facilities, recreational amenities and corporate partners through an excellent transportation network, NeoCity is anchored by a versatile and state-of-the-art 200mm microelectronics fabrication facility.

Industry Assets

Orlando’s established industry cluster has grown due to supportive R&D and industry partners and assets.

Amy Dinsmore

Connect with a Subject Matter Expert

Get with touch with Amy Dinsmore, Senior Director, Business Development | Innovative Technologies, to learn more about how Orlando can support your talent and workforce needs.

Call her today: 407.902.2442

Get the Optics & Photonics Guide

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