Our Story

Cherry Optical Lab was born in a moment that Joe Cherry calls “an awakening.” Joe and his wife Lynn had spent decades working in optics production, with Joe eventually becoming President of one of the largest optical laboratories in the nation where Lynn was a finish production manager. But even then, they were “seekers of better.” Joe envisioned starting an innovative, service-driven, fiercely-competitive independent laboratory that made absolutely perfect lenses.

Joe likes to tell people, “The second hardest thing I’ve done in my life was telling my wife I planned to quit my job, create my own laboratory and work for myself. The most difficult thing I’ve done in my life was asking my wife to quit her job and work with me.”

Joe and Lynn took a leap of faith together and opened Cherry Optical Lab in 1999 with a business model that excluded the possibility of failure. Today, with over 150 employees, Cherry is the nation’s premier independent optical laboratory known for making the industry’s best lenses in a fast-paced environment.

Adam Cherry, Joe and Lynn’s son, now leads the team as President of Cherry Optical Lab. Under his leadership, the team continues to expand operations, invest in the world’s best technology, and find opportunities to give opticians more ways to say “yes” to their customers.

In the end, it’s all about making Happy People*.

*Cherry Optical Lab employees, its customers, and their customers.

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Our Culture

We believe Happy People make the best optics, so we’ve built our internal culture on three pillars:

  • Welcoming questions, ideas, and fun.
  • Supporting team members both inside and outside of work.
  • Motivating each person with competitive pay, benefits, and continuing education.

Cherry employees are empowered to be the difference between “good enough” and “outstanding” lenses. They are the secret ingredient to Cherry’s ability to deliver a customer experience that’s out-of-this-world incredible.

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