Sheaumann Laser Facilitates Major Expansion with Relocation to Billerica, MA
Billerica, MA: Sheaumann Laser, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of semiconductor lasers, will be moving to its new 57,800 square foot headquarters located at 5 Federal Street in Billerica, MA in August. This relocation signals major growth for Sheaumann, allowing the company to significantly expand its workforce and production capabilities to meet the growing demand for laser-based technologies across a variety of industries. Sheaumann is one of the few vertically-integrated laser manufacturers in the U.S.
The move is supported by a $2.34M grant from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2). This award, paired with Sheaumann’s matching funds, enabled the purchase of laser manufacturing equipment to expand production and streamline existing processes. The company will broaden its wafer growth capabilities, expanding its current near-infrared, GaAs wavelength range (780-1080nm) offerings to include InP wavelengths (1120nm-1875nm).
The building purchase signifies Sheaumann’s commitment to keep its production in the U.S., and the expansion will necessitate training and hiring additional skilled personnel from the region as they grow their workforce by 40%.
For a behind the scenes tour of Sheaumann’s state-of-the-art facility in progress with President Gary Sousa, view the video below or click here: Billerica Expansion – Part 1.
“The M2I2 capital grant helps immensely in supporting Sheaumann’s passion for innovative technology by helping broaden our capabilities in laser growth to include InP wavelengths (1120nm-1875nm). The expansion of new technology and personnel will help Sheaumann nearly double its current product line, allowing us to continue to compete with overseas foundries while maintaining all production activities in Massachusetts.” - Gary Sousa, President, Sheaumann Laser, Inc.
The Billerica facility has triple the space of Sheaumann’s original location in Marlborough and includes 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art cleanroom space for its manufacturing and R&D activities, along with dedicated space that meets quality and security regulations specific to the defense and spacecom sectors. Vertical integration of R&D, epitaxial wafer growth, and packaging allows Sheaumann the control and flexibility to create custom solutions for OEMs with unique requirements. In addition, Sheaumann has plans to develop an incubator space for photonics-based startups with complementary process needs. Qualified candidates will be able to lease cleanroom and office space.
Sheaumann Laser, Inc. specializes in the design and manufacture of semiconductor laser diodes and modules for sensing, imaging, telecom, navigation, and illumination applications for the industrial, defense, and medical industries. Sheaumann Laser, Inc. is a privately held corporation that was founded in 2005 by Jim Hsieh, a pioneer in the packaged semiconductor industry. In 2015, Sheaumann merged with Axcel Photonics (also owned by Hsieh since 2004), which added epitaxial growth and wafer processing capabilities to Sheaumann’s design and packaging competencies.
About Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2):
Launched by the Baker-Polito Administration in 2016, M2I2 aims to help Massachusetts manufacturers adopt innovative new technologies and guides the state’s investment in the Manufacturing USA program. Through the creation of sector-specific Manufacturing USA Centers, M2I2 advances innovations and job growth within the state through cross-collaboration among companies, universities, national labs, government, incubators, accelerators, and other academic and training institutions. Learn more about the M2I2 initiative here.