Block Engineering Partners with the Griot Group for Quantum Cascade Laser Instrument Sales

Sep 05, 2012, 09:37 ET from Block Engineering

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Block Engineering, a leading manufacturer of Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) and FTIR spectrometers, has added the Griot Group to its family of sales representatives.

"I am delighted at our partnership with the Griot Group, a sales organization founded on the principles of delivering high technology solutions that best fit the needs of their extensive customer base in private industry as well as academia," said Scott Riggi, VP of Sales at Block Engineering.

The Griot Group has sales and administration offices located in Irvine, CA; Santa Clara, CA; and West Linn, Oregon. They will represent Block Engineering in the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountain region, and the southwestern states of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. The Griot Group was founded by its President Ron Hegge in 1963 and has been recognized as a leading high technology manufacturers' representative throughout the western United States.

"Through the addition of the sales staff at Griot Group, Block Engineering has expanded its representation across critical areas of the western region. Their business model of maintaining a sales staff consisting of technically trained engineers is precisely in line with the commercial vision for Block Engineering, a market leader in quantum cascade laser development," added Scott Riggi.

Block Engineering's CEO, Petros Kotidis, commented, "Our presence in the academic and industrial markets is growing fast and we are experiencing strong demand for our innovative infrared laser spectrometers and sources. The addition of the Griot Group is another strategic step in that direction and I look forward to our partnership."

About Block Engineering LLC:

Founded in 1956, Block Engineering, LLC is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high performance Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) and FTIR spectrometers for military, government, commercial, and industrial customers. Block's Mobile Chemical Agent Detector (MCAD) system is a fixed site, passive FTIR spectrometer offered in partnership with Northrop Grumman Corp. Block's PORTHOS (TM) is a portable, passive FTIR spectrometer system that remotely detects chemical threats as far as three miles and protects against chemical warfare agents and weapons of mass destruction. Block Engineering is also manufacturing and selling a line of unique QCL-based spectrometers, including the LaserScan Analyzer, for applications ranging from detection of explosives and liquid/solid chemical warfare agents to control of manufacturing operations and verification of surface conditions in a variety of industrial processes.

About Block MEMS LLC:

Block MEMS, LLC is an engineering and development company focusing on the R&D of high performance Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs) and FTIR spectrometers for military and government customers. Following the success of its commercial-off-the-shelf passive FTIR products, such as MCAD and PORTHOS, Block MEMS has applied its extensive knowledge of spectroscopy and chemical detection towards the development of its high performance QCL based spectrometers, including LaserScan (TM). LaserScan has attracted high interest in the Department of Defense for detection of explosives and liquid/solid chemical warfare agents. In addition, Block MEMS is developing a revolutionary MEMS-based, miniaturized spectrometer, ChemPen (TM), which is a low cost, FTIR chemical gas detector the size of a fountain pen.

Block MEMS and Block Engineering are affiliated through common ownership and share headquarters in Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA. For more information, visit

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