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JDS Uniphase



Optical Process Automation

, a maker of automated and semiautomated systems for manufacturing fiber-optic components and modules.

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Financial terms weren't disclosed, but JDS said it will account for the acquisition as a purchase.

Optical Process, a privately held company, is based in Melbourne, Fla. The company also has operations in Asheville, N.C. JDS said the acquisition represents "an important move in our global manufacturing strategy.''

JDS Uniphase is based in San Jose, Calif., and maintains Canadian headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario. Last week, the company

completed the acquisition of optical components maker


, but warned of earnings shortfalls. The company insisted that it would be able to ride out the industrywide slowdown in telecommunications spending.