Since 1956 tens of thousands of eye care professionals have come to rely on Hilco®
for smart solutions to common business problems, and for innovative products and
programs that promote business growth.
The company’s extensive product range – more than 20,000 strong – and its focus
on innovation, service, and value have strengthened its market position. Today,
Hilsinger, through its Hilco®,Wilson Ophthalmic, and Leader® Sports businesses,
is the leading supplier of eye wear and eye care accessories, supplies, and equipment
in N. America, the United Kingdom, and Australia and serves numerous major customers
in continental Europe and S. America.
The company has strong market positions in professional and consumer eyewear accessories;
protective eyewear – sports and industrial safety; and eye care products. Hilco’s
Leader brand Rx sunglass line is one of its fastest growing categories.
Hilsinger was founded in 1956 in Attleboro, MA by Arthur Hilsinger Sr., Arthur Hilsinger, Jr., and Herbert P. Nelson. In its initial phase the company’s
business was the design and manufacture of decorative aluminum and plastic parts
for eyewear frames. Soon thereafter, the company began to manufacture molded plastic
nose pads for metal frames and developed a series of optical accessories products,
repair parts, and tools for eye care professionals.
In 1961 the company acquired the Evans Case Company, a manufacturer of gift products
and accessories, and operations were relocated to the company’s current headquarters
facility in Plainville, MA. In 1975 it began manufacturing aluminum eyeglass frames
under the Evans brand.
During the 1980’s the company transitioned away from the decorative eyewear components,
gift products, and frames product lines and became focused exclusively on consumer
and professional optical accessories, categories that remain important components
of the modern Hilco business.
The business has grown and diversified substantially over the past 15 years through
a combination of internal growth and several key business acquisitions, most notably
Wilson Ophthalmic (1998); Shield Lens Care (1999); Leader Sports (2001); Quality
Accessories (2006), OnGuard Safety (2007), and Sadler Optical Tools & Findings (2007).With
each acquisition Hilsinger has increased its value to existing customers, capitalizing
on numerous product synergies and operating efficiencies.
Hilsinger supplies more than 20,000 products to a very large and diverse group of
customers (25,000+). The company trades under five primary brands: Hilco® – professional
products; Leader® – consumer eyewear accessories, sports eyewear, sunwear, and swim
products; Quality Accessories – premium, personalized lens care products; OnGuard®
Safety – industrial safety eyewear; and Wilson Ophthalmic – eye care supplies and
accessories. Hilsinger customers are serviced through company-operated facilities
in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and France.
Hilsinger has demonstrated an uncommon ability to innovate new products across many
different, yet contiguous categories; to manage the supply of those products efficiently;
and to deliver them with unparalleled speed and accuracy. The company has been granted
a number of patents for various accessory and eyewear products and has won numerous
industry awards for innovation.
It has also earned an excellent reputation with its customers for systemization
– bringing order to complex programs such as replacement eyewear parts and consumer
accessories – and for delivering comprehensive solutions that extend beyond products
to merchandising programs, training aids, and dispensing tools.