In 1889, four men who had worked at an optical company in Winstead, Connecticut purchased machinery from the estate of the deceased owner that they used to set up a small company to manufacture optical frames. The company was called Winchester Optical Company, named after the town in which the village of Winstead was located. The business continued as a partnership for a few years. In 1901, a minister from Winstead who had accepted a call to a church in Horseheads, New York, convinced two of the men to move to Horseheads. Winchester Optical Company was incorporated as a New York corporation on January 1, 1902, and has been in business ever since. At first, the company made spectacle frames and rimless mountings out of gold. Sales were slow for the new company, and by 1906 the owners were desperate to increase their business. They convinced an optometrist to move from Connecticut and establish his practice in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Winchester Optical then went into the laboratory business. The son and grandson of the first retail customer operated the optometric practice until a few years ago. By 1930, two branch offices, Olean, NY and Williamsport, PA, had been opened. The company no longer manufactured frames, but instead was manufacturing edgers in addition to the main business of selling glasses. After Tom Lynch joined Winchester in the mid-thirties, he carried edgers in the trunk of his car and delivered them as soon as one was ordered. About nine months after he started selling the edgers, he learned that no two were the same. The owner's son-in-law, who put the edgers together, used whatever parts he could find so there was no uniformity. If a part was broken, there was no way to send a repacement for it. Mr. Lynch was so outraged by this that he said he would never sell another edger, even if it cost him his job. This is how Winchester Optical left the machinery business and focused on servicing Eye Care Professionals' optical laboratory needs.
Brian Lynch President Brian@winoptical.com
Mike Lynch Laboratory Manager Mike@winoptical.com
Ben Lynch Vice President Ben@winoptical.com
Myrle Richards Customer Service Manager Myrle@winoptical.com
Jennifer Rozell Customer Service Lead Jennifer.Rozell@winoptical.com
Matt Medwid Sales Manager Matt.Medwid@winoptical.com
Karla Lynch Office Manager/IT Karla@winoptical.com
WOW Weekend - Education is at the heart of what Winchester Optical stands for. We believe that education is what helps our business partners differentiate themselves in a very competitive ophthalmic market place. Winchester stays at the forefront in optical news and lens technology. Winchester's Optical World is just one example. During WOW weekend, we open our doors to ECPs to come and earn continuing education credits in a relaxed environment. Here we open our laboratory so we can show ECPs exactly how we produce lenses to our rigorous standards. It also gives everyone a chance to meet some of our Winchester Family. Click here to download more information on our 2016 event.