Fiber Optic Center,™ Inc. is based in the restored John Harrison building on Centre Street in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The late 18th century character of the building was maintained inside and out as it was gracefully remodeled to be a modern and comfortable facility for employees, with amenities ranging from Fiber To The Desk to a conference room that looks out over New Bedford’s Harbor, its busy fishing fleet, and beyond to the Elizabeth Islands and Martha’s Vineyard. The historic district that surrounds our headquarters now encompasses the New Bedford Whaling Heritage National Historical Park.
Fiber Optic Center was founded by Neal Weiss, based originally on the purchase of the fiber optic distribution business of Boston Electronics Corporation (BEC) of Brookline, Massachusetts. (BEC continues as an importer/exporter of laser accessories.) In 1982, while Weiss was its business manager, BEC became the first sales rep firm in the world to specialize in the emerging technology of fiber optics and, later, one of the first fiber distributors. Building on BEC’s strong position in the industry, Fiber Optic Center has seen a steady increase in both sales and customer base in the U.S. and internationally, and now serves customers in over 40 countries in North and South America, Europe, the Far East, Middle East and Australia.
Fiber Optic Center is committed to providing:
- Only top quality products
- Technical expertise unparalleled in the industry
- Competitive prices
- Immediate to favorable delivery
- In-depth application support
- Timely, effective service to both small and large customer
Fiber Optic Center works closely with its customers,
large and small, supporting both production and innovation in fiber optics.
Fiber Optic Center,™ Inc. views business from the customer’s perspective, sensitive to the pressures of a production environment. A good supplier is one you can depend on for quality, technical support, reliability, and fast delivery of components when you need them. Many customers maintain production schedules without carrying the costs of inventory by using Fiber Optic Center as their “shelf.” We do our job so you can do yours. Quality is cost effective. Re-makes, delays and failures are expensive. Fiber Optic Center stocks a range of quality components to anticipate the changing needs, as well as potential problems, that the customer (and other vendors) might overlook. We offer support and technical expertise in both the newest and existing technologies. Our aim is to make the business part easy.
Fiber Optic Center’s inventory is geared to meet both an installer’s “urgent need” and a large manufacturer’s production requirements. We are the worldwide supplier ÅngströmLap® high performance lapping film and ÅngströmBond® adhesives and a stocking distributor of connectors, cable, patch panels, test equipment, mechanical splices, tools, glass and plastic fiber, epoxy, and other consumables.
In addition to standard products, Fiber Optic Center maintains the largest inventory in the world of custom drilled connectors for large core fibers. We are the source for harder-to-find components and systems, from non-standard connectors and connector polishing machines to complete factories for the manufacture and testing of communication grade and research optical fiber and cable.
This inside view of fiber manufacture, characterization and termination is one of the elements that makes us unique in the industry.
Fiber Optic Center works hard to be part of your success. We do business only with suppliers committed to supporting their products and the fiber professionals who use them, and we have long term relationships with these suppliers. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL ONLINE CATALOG OPTIONS PAGE
If the component you need exists, we can have it where you need it, when you need it; if it doesn’t exist, we can usually get it for you anyway.
President and CEO
Ben Waite began his career at Fiber Optic Center (FOC) in 1995. Ben brings his extensive experience in technical field work, business strategy and engineering management to his current position of Executive Vice President. Ben brings his manufacturing knowledge and experience into customers’ worldwide operations.
In addition to his responsibilities at FOC, Ben has been an active member of the New England Fiberoptic Council for many years, including NEFC board positions as Secretary, Treasurer, and President. Ben graduated from Colby College in 1996 with a BA in Physics, Math, and Science and Technology Studies.
He and his wife reside outside New Bedford, with their three children, where they are deeply involved in their community and extended families. Outside of FOC, he can be found coaching youth Baseball and Soccer.
Thomas Waite started at Fiber Optic Center in May, 2000 in IT, developing an interactive program that became the company website and keeps product information current and accessible for sales and customer service. Since then, Thomas has used his product knowledge become the General Manager and head of customer service. Before Fiber Optic Center, he was an IT consultant for two years with Keene Inc., Boston, MA, where he reprogrammed legacy systems to avoid the “Y2K” issue. Thomas graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1998 with a BA in Economics and Mathematics and a minor in Business. He currently resides in South Dartmouth with his wife, Heather, and their two daughters, Emma and Breanna. Thomas enjoys skiing, boating, playing golf and traveling in his free time.
Neal Weiss founded Fiber Optic Center, Inc. (FOC) in downtown New Bedford, MA in January, 1992 after 10 years as Business Manager of Boston Electronics Corporation (BEC) in Brookline, MA. BEC is an importer/exporter of laser accessories and other high tech components and materials; FOC is the result of a friendly separation and continuation of the fiber optic-related parts of BEC’s business. Like BEC, FOC does business all over the world, and specializes in cutting edge technologies that are not yet fully developed.
Neal’s position at FOC includes managing the day to day operations of the company and maintaining the company’s unique position and focus in the ever-changing fiber optic and high tech landscape. Specific areas of technical expertise include systems for fiber manufacturing (MCVD gas delivery, draw towers and ancillary equipment), SMA and other connectors for specialty and large core fibers, and sourcing of unusual or hard-to-find components.
An active participant in the SouthCoast (greater New Bedford – “NB”) non-profit scene, Neal is a past board chair of the NB Art Museum, the YWCA-SEMA capital campaign steering committee, and most recently the NB Education Foundation, which raises money for innovation and excellence in the NB public schools. He has also served on the board of the New England Fiberoptic Council, including a term as board chair.
Neal continues to coach little kids wrestling (ages 4 to 13) at NBHS. Neal’s education includes a BA in philosophy with a minor in linguistics from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, as well as graduate level coursework in management, business, data communications, and sports science. His first career was as a teacher of English in the public junior high and high school in Exeter, NH. In 1998, Neal created Whaling City Sound to issue jazz and other music CDs, and which has become known in the jazz radio world, including a 2015 Grammy nomination.