TechMan International was founded in 1982 upon the sale of American Optical (a subsidiary of Warner Lambert Company now owned by Pfizer) where its founder, Dr. M. Mahmud Awan, was employed as Group Manager, Corporate Planning Operations. In its initial years, the Company relied on the sale of optical products to worldwide customers of Warner Lambert and American Optical.
The Company commenced its Research & Development operations in Charlton, MA in 1983 and set up production facilities in East Brookfield, MA in 1984. It is credited with the development and marketing of first successful wireless local area network in 1985 when it received multiple licenses from U.S. Government Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
With customers such as Pitney Bowes and Radio Data Systems Corporation, the Company built a reputation for innovative wireless products through offering integrated optical networking solutions that involve RF/Satellite and wireless platforms. Based on the organization’s long collaboration with Raytheon, Globecomm (GSI), L3 Communications - Satellite Transmission Systems (STS) and California Microwave Systems, the company installed several telecom and defense networks during the 80's, 90's, and 2000's.
The Company was an early investor in FiberCore Ltd., a NASDAQ company involved in the manufacturing of optical preforms and specialty fibers and with its founder serving as a Director of FiberCore. During the nineties, the Company built a fiber cable manufacturing plant in Oman with its founder serving as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The Company bought the Applied Fiberoptics, Inc. line of business in 1997 along with associated patents from OPTIM, Inc., a Massachusetts manufacturer of medical fiberoptics. The company purchased additional patents involving illumination fiber from OPTIM, Inc. in 1999 thus receiving UL, CSA, and CE certifications for its product portfolio.
TechMan International has been a major investor in Technical Communications Corporation (TCC), a NASDAQ company that specializes in encryption products with its founder, Dr. M. Mahmud Awan serving as the Chairman of the Board from 1998 to 2001. The company’s structure was changed from a corporation to a limited liability company in 2007.