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Olympus Expands Industrial Microscope Distribution Network New Dealers Further Strengthen Olympus Sales and Service Capability in the U.S.

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., March 11, 2010 – Building on its leadership position in optical measuring and inspection, Olympus America Inc. has expanded its industrial instrument distribution network to better meet customer needs.  Olympus has named B&B Microscopes, Ltd., and Hunt Optics and Imaging, Inc., exclusive Olympus industrial microscope dealers covering 11 states east of the Mississippi.

B&B Microscopes is now the exclusive Olympus industrial microscope distributor in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia and Delaware.  Hunt Optics and Imaging now represents Olympus industrial microscopes in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.

 “This new alliance of outstanding dealers will help to expand our customer base while providing even better service and support throughout these key regions of the United States,” said Matt Smith, director of sales and marketing for Olympus America’s Scientific Equipment Group – Industrial Microscopes. 

In addition to expanding its dealer network, Olympus has recently strengthened its nationwide support and service network with new personnel, features and enhanced availability and response times.  The company also has introduced a key product, the LEXT OLS4000® laser confocal microscope.   

Both B&B and Hunt are experienced solution providers, with extensive knowledge of industrial research, engineering and manufacturing in both traditional and new markets.  B&B and Hunt also have been dealers for the Olympus Scientific Equipment Group’s Bioscience Microscope and Imaging Systems business unit for some time. “Olympus has great faith in our dealers’ ability to provide our customers with access to the best optical applications and solutions for their industrial measuring and inspection needs,” Smith said.

“This expanded relationship with Olympus represents a great opportunity for us,” added Timothy Hunt, CEO of both B&B and Hunt Optics.  “Olympus has a very strong industrial product line. This new opportunity expands our already solid association with Olympus - the company we feel provides the best optics, instrumentation, technical expertise and customer focus.”

To contact B&B Microscopes, Ltd., email: main.office@bbmicro.com, or phone (800) 433-1749.   To contact Hunt Optics & Imaging, Inc., email: main.office@hoi-inc.com, or phone (800) 448-3929. To contact Olympus, email Matt Smith at: matt.smith@olympus.com or phone (484) 896-5300.

About Olympus Scientific Equipment Group – Industrial Microscopes
Olympus industrial microscopes and metrology systems play a leading role in precision R&D, engineering and manufacturing applications in fields as diverse as aerospace, the automotive industry, electronics, materials science/metallurgy, medical devices, photovoltaics, and semiconductors. Olympus continues to be a leader in optical design and advanced quality innovation. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com/industrialmicroscopes.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, creating innovative opto-digital solutions in healthcare, life science and consumer electronics products.

Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its affiliates worldwide to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:

· Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
· Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
· Digital cameras and voice recorders.

Olympus serves the healthcare field with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers to efficiently, reliably and more easily achieve exceptional results. Olympus develops breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality for the consumer and professional photography markets, and also is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.

About Hunt Optics and Imaging Inc., and B&B Microscopes Ltd.
Hunt Optics and Imaging and B&B Microscopes have been leading dealers of Olympus microscopes and imaging products for more than 29 years. From simple lab microscopes to high-end digital imaging systems, the company’s representatives help customers meet their requirements and suggest the appropriate products to meet their needs. Service and repair are also available.

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