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AFL Opens New R&D Facility in Lowell, MA


Lowell, MA – AFL is opening a new research and development facility in Lowell, Massachusetts, to support the company's rapid growth and to expand its product offerings for its Fiber Optic Test and Inspection Equipment Division. The new 14,500 square foot R&D facility, located at 59 Lowes Way in Lowell, features optics and electronics laboratory development spaces, as well as convenient customer meeting and training facilities for up to 65 engineers and professionals involved in cutting-edge development of Fiber Optic Test and Inspection Equipment.

AFL has plans to expand its Test and Inspection Division professional R&D staff by more than 50% in 2011 and has chosen Lowell, Massachusetts as the optimum location to attract the talent needed to develop and innovate next generation Fiber Optic Test Equipment. AFL will continue to maintain the division's existing 30,000 foot facility and operations located in Belmont, NH.

"Locating our new R&D facility in Massachusetts accelerates our expansion plans and enables AFL to quickly recruit key professional talent. The Lowell facility is also near multiple colleges and universities allowing us to attract new college graduates and partner on development efforts," said George Rose, General Manager of AFL's Test and Inspection Division. "Expanding our operations in Lowell opens up the candidate pool of bachelor and advanced degrees to a population of over two million in the Middlesex, Essex, and Worcester counties. The location is also convenient to and attracts candidates from Southern New Hampshire counties of Hillsborough, Rockingham, and Merrimack."

AFL announced it is presently hiring new employees for the facility and has already brought on eight new employees since announcing the new facility location in 2011 and has relocated multiple other employees to this location.

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AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company's diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL's service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost telecommunications companies supporting both the central office and outside plant areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Asia. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit


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