American Optical History
Safety Products
Brattleboro, VT plant


AO Brattleboro Plant 1954 photo by Don Whitney


AO Brattleboro Plant as it now appears- March 28, 2010 photo by Dick Whitney
See its Sister building in Southbridge - AO Frame plant

AO News article below (April 1965)
Download Pdf of April 1965 Mag (above)

The Brattleboro Vt plant closed ~1983 and moved to Southbridge, where production of Super Armorplate continued until the late 1980s.
Polycarbonate later replace glass as the preferred Safety Lens material.






AO Safety Main Page

AO Safety is now Aearo

1935 info on AO Impact test (5/8 inch ball from 6 feet)

Ear Protection Boston Herald article - April 1962

AO History

Southbridge Page

Whitney Home Page