Sheaumann Laser was recently awarded $2.345 million from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2). Sheaumann Laser specializes in the design and manufacture of semiconductor lasers and modules for industrial, defense, medical, and printing applications. The grant will play a key role in growing Sheaumann’s laser wavelength capability (currently from 780 to 1080 nm) to lasers with wavelengths from 1120 nm to 1875 nm. This growth will nearly double its production capability and add new Marlborough-based jobs.
“The M2I2 program invests in projects that reflect the collaborative spirit of our state and highlight Massachusetts’ nation leading innovation economy,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “These awards support strong business to business partnerships that bring together innovators from across the state, and we are pleased to continue to support their continued growth and development in this sector.” The grant to Sheaumann was uncommonly large for the M2I2 program, recognizing the company’s position as a strong anchor of the Massachusetts economy.
Gary Sousa, Sheaumann’s President, stated at the award ceremony, “While other semiconductor laser foundries have moved overseas to reduce production costs and maintain a competitive advantage in the market, this solution has never been an option for Sheaumann Laser, because we take pride in providing our customers with high-quality laser products that are grown, processed, and packaged in the United States.”
Sheaumann anticipates moving forward quickly with their plans to expand in response to the explosion in growth within the laser diode industry. “As more industries find new ways to incorporate the capabilities and advantages of laser diodes into their systems, we are seeing increased demand in a variety of new market sectors,” Sousa said. “We look forward to applying the grant from M2I2 to help us meet those needs.”