Gerber Coburn has appointed a manager of customer service and applications to build a new team of field application engineers, to manage the company's technical telephone support team and to establish new best practices and policies for the ophthalmic industry. The new manager is John Ingriselli, who has been with Gerber Optical since 1989, starting off with equipment installations. He spent the last two years as zone manager, supervising 16 field technicians, after working as a regional applications engineer.

Gerber Coburn, which claims to be the world's leading provider of computer integrated optical lens processing systems, had sales of $71.3 million in the financial year ended last Apr. 30, indicating a 1.9 percent year-on-year decrease due to lower aftermarket orders. Operating profit for the company's lens unit was $700,000, as compared to a loss of $2.7 million last year, thanks to a $500,000 contribution from a facility that was sold during the year, as well as sales mix improvements and higher equipment revenues.

The company's parent, Gerber Scientific, had total consolidated revenues of $530.4 million, representing a rise of 2.5 percent, but they would have been $6.7 million higher if foreign exchange currencies had remained the same. The comparisons are based on newly restated consolidated results for the previous two financial years.