Walman Optical Company has acquired Nouveau Eyewear, Inc. effective December 1, 2015. Founded in 1985, Nouveau Eyewear is a leading provider of quality ophthalmic frames and sunwear to retailers, optical laboratories and independent opticians. Nouveau Eyewear was previously a portfolio company of SunTx Capital Partners based in Dallas, Texas.
Nouveau Eyewear joins the Walman family of divisions which include: Walman Optical, Walman Instruments, Rite-Style Optical, ImageWear, ADO Practice Solutions, Ultra Optics, and X-Cel Specialty Contact Lenses.
“Nouveau Eyewear is a natural addition for Walman,” said Marty Bassett, CEO and President of Walman. “Nouveau has a 30-year tradition of excellence in the frame industry. Together we can leverage our combined strengths to offer customers unmatched quality and convenience in every category of the optical business.”
“Walman and Nouveau Eyewear already had a strong, 20-year relationship,” said Dominick Sblendorio, Vice President and General Manager for Nouveau Eyewear. “By joining forces, we only see great opportunities and success ahead of us.”
Nouveau Eyewear will continue to operate from its current headquarters in Carrollton, Texas. Founded in 1915, Walman is the largest independent ophthalmic company in the United States and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota with over 40 branch offices in 19 states.