I have accepted a position as Head of Engineering at Lacroix Precision Optics in Batesville, Arkansas, starting in early July. Lacroix is one of the best optical shops in the United States for fabricating traditional spherical and aspheric optical components - lenses, prisms, mirrors, etc. I will be joining them to help manage their future growth, introduce optical design expertise and assembly capabilities to the company, and improve optical shop and fabrication processes at their company. I will also drive the design, development, and manufacture of high quality optical products such as photographic and imaging lenses.
As some of you may know, I am originally from Arkansas. While the new day job position is the enabler, the primary reason we're moving is to live closer to my parents and be near them as they get older, let the kids see their grandparents more often, etc.
PICTORIOGRAPHICA AND THE MANUFACTURE OF DRY PLATES WILL MOVE WITH. Once we've settled into our new residence in early July, I will be working to get operations back up and running in a new facility there. Watch social media for updates.
PHOTO RETRO, Southern New Hampshire's Center for Analog Photography, will continue to operate under ownership of Bob McElroy - who is awesome and loves analog photography as much as you or I. If you are local, please give Photo Retro your patronage for all your film and darkroom needs.
Thank you all for your ongoing support and interest in photographic dry plates. Plates manufactured at our new location are expected to begin shipping in August 2022.