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WCED Announces Carl Zeiss Optronics USA to Establish U.S. Headquarters in Wake Forest

Raleigh, NC, November 26, 2009 --( Ken Atkins, executive director of Wake County Economic Development (, has announced that Carl Zeiss Optronics USA, LLC will establish its U.S. headquarters in Wake County, N.C. In the initial phase, Carl Zeiss Optronics will hire five employees and lease office space in Wake Forest, N.C. The headquarters will support a current naval contract and an additional anticipated contract with the U.S. Navy. In addition, the company will partner with the N.C. Military Foundation, private industry, N.C.-based universities and defense-oriented business support organizations to pursue research and development and supply contracts for the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies.

“We are excited to welcome Carl Zeiss Optronics to Wake County,” said Atkins. “Our region is a great location for companies within the defense industry, and I am confident that the addition of the company to Wake will help us continue to grow our military and homeland security capabilities.

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- Carl Zeiss Optronics is one of the leading providers of optical and opto-electronic products and services for defense and security. As a business entity of the Carl Zeiss Group based in Germany, Carl Zeiss Optronics has more than 100 years of experience in military optics into techno-logically high-quality solutions and products for internal and external security.

- ZeO USA has partnered with Wake Forest-based 3 Phoenix to provide optical systems for the Department of Defense. This partnership and North Carolina’s proximity to major military installations, pre-eminent research and development and talent pipeline stemming from a statewide system of colleges and universities, and quality of life attracted ZeO USA to the state.

- The following organizations worked on this project: Wake County Economic Development, the Town of Wake Forest, Research Triangle Regional Partnership, N.C. State University, N.C. Military Business Center, N.C. Military Foundation and the N.C. Department of Commerce.

About Wake County Economic Development:
Wake County Economic Development (WCED), a program of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, is the primary economic development organization for Wake County and its 12 municipalities. WCED hosts clients evaluating Wake County for possible facility locations each year and facilitates dozens of corporate expansions, resulting in new jobs and capital investment for Raleigh and Wake County. Services available to companies that are considering relocating or expanding in Wake County include economic and demographic research, site and building inventory searches, visitation itineraries, community tours, corporate executive and employee briefings, employee relocation assistance, and post-relocation services. In both 2002 and 2003, Site Selection magazine recognized WCED as one of the top ten economic development organizations in the United States. For more information about WCED, please visit

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