Company Description (as filed with the SEC)
Our fiscal year ends on the Saturday closest to September 30. Fiscal years 2012, 2011 and 2010 ended on September 29, October 1, and October 2, respectively, and are referred to in this annual report as fiscal 2012, fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2010 for convenience. Fiscal years 2012, 2011 and 2010 included 52 weeks. We are one of the world's leading suppliers of photonics-based solutions in a broad range of commercial and scientific research applications. We design, manufacture, service and market lasers and related accessories for a diverse group of customers. Since inception in 1966, we have grown through internal expansion and through strategic acquisitions of complementary businesses, technologies, intellectual property, manufacturing processes and product offerings. We are organized into two operating segments: Commercial Lasers and Components ("CLC") and Specialty Lasers and Systems ("SLS"). ... More ...