Necsel IP Acquires Nathaniel Group

Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) member Nathaniel Group Inc. (NGI), a 30-year-old Vergennes headquartered electronics technology firm, was recently acquired by Necsel Intellectual Property (IP), Inc. NGI firm founder Joel Melnick sold the privately held engineering and manufacturing firm on April 5, 2017 that he had founded in 1987 to laser maker Necsel IP of Milpitas, CA a division of Ushio America, Inc. of Cypress, CA.

Nathaniel Group is a leader in original design manufacturing (ODM) of high-complexity medical illuminators. Necsel is an expert manufacturer of semi-conductor laser and a leading laser solutions company. Necel is a division of Ushio America a leader in a variety of Photonic areas. Ushio, a Japanese company, recently celebrated their 50th anniversary which brings stability and technology that Nathaniel Group regards highly. 

Nathaniel, Necsel and Ushio have already been working together for many years. Through their collaboration as separate entities the joining of companies was thought to further advance capabilities and market reach. Nathaniel will now have access to broader markets with the backing of this larger corporation. Nathaniel also sees much growth potential in the future as a result of this acquisition. Order fulfillment and placement systems will initailly remain the same. The entire Nathaniel Group staff of 15 onsite employees has been retained and they will operate out of the same facility. NGI also retains 5-6 engineering consultants but is now planning on increasing that number to 8. 

About Nathaniel Group, Inc.
Nathaniel Group Inc. (NGI) is a leading Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) of optical and illumination systems and fiber optics devices for endoscopes and other medical devices, scientific, imaging, and specialized electronics. Nathaniel Group is headquartered in Vergennes, Vermont, USA, and operates via a global customer support network. The company’s unique onshore sourcing business approach (engineered – assembled – delivered) is supported by technology integration, allowing NGI to respond quickly to new developments, apply the technology to manufacturing challenges, and expedite device manufacturing in high volume. More information is available at

About Necsel IP, Inc.
Necsel IP, Inc. develops and manufactures lasers and laser solutions for the projection, endoscopes, bio instrumentation, industrial and life sciences marketplaces. The company’s cost effect solutions provide these applications additional performance, such as brighter sources, higher contract ratios, longer lifetimes, and allows the creation of products that were never possible before. Necsel’s business model includes high-level customer interaction and co-development to rapidly advance its customer’s technology capability and product performance. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley, CA with manufacturing facilities worldwide. To learn more about Necsel, visit

About Ushio America, Inc.
Ushio America, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of Specialty and General Illumination lighting solutions based in Cypress, California. Established in 1967 as a subsidiary of Ushio, Inc., in Tokyo, Japan, USHIO now carries over 2,500 General Lighting and Specialty products. These Lighting-Edge Technologies™ are provided to a variety of industries such as general illumination, audio-visual, photographic, stage, studio and television, semiconductor, printed circuit, video projection, cinema, UV curing, germicidal, horticulture, graphic arts, flashlight, scientific, medical, dental, ophthalmic, infra-red heating, and many others. For more information, visit