About Us

COTSWORKS, LLC designs and manufactures rugged optical components and subsystems to operate in harsh environments. Products are utilized worldwide in commercial and military aerospace, military tactical, oil and gas, and other industrial markets. Founded in 2006, the company is headquartered in Cleveland, OH supporting the Americas and Asia while COTSWORKS GmbH, located in Fulda Germany supports Europe and the Middle East.
Over 100,000 mission critical rugged opto-electronic and interconnect products are produced each year in our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The company maintains a quality program with ISO 9100:2015 + AS9100D Certification and ATEX-compliance. 

Integrate rugged transceivers onto embedded board or a box-level solution

Ship production quantities (50-100,000/yr)

Warranty to support for life of program

  • Founded


    • COTSWORKS is founded in an unheated garage in Beachwood, OH
    • The 89x transceiver is selected for the Boeing 7e7 program;
    • New facility built to process opto-electronic modules;
    • AFDX media converters ship;
    • Optical test for troubleshooting airplane networks used in the field.
  • The 89x transceiver

    • A new facility is built to support additional capabilities and capacity;
    • The RJ Transceiver is revised to support enhanced digital diagnostics, 5Gbps, and single mode applications;

  • RCP

    • The pluggable RCP transceiver ships at 10Gbps with native ARINC 801 support;
    • COTSWORKS achieves ISO 9001 certification and ATEX compliance.
  • Interconnect

    • Interconnect product platform launched including rugged LC connectors, enhanced ARINC 801 tools, complex cable assembly, and plastic fiber optic products;
    • Opto-electronic product platform adds the LAC-10G to the RJ  and the RCP- making three rugged industrial temperature 10Gbps form factors available;
    • New manufacturing areas added to support expansion of fiber optic cable assembly and extended burn-in test per Military specification;
    • AS9100 certification achieved in upgraded facility with production capability of 250,000 units/year;
    • EMEA sales office opens in Fulda, Germany with plans for manufacturing and test in Europe;
    • W.L. Gore & Associates recognizes COTSWORKS as value-added distributor of cable and expert termination services;
    • Research and development efforts continue to expand with optical design and capability and receipt of several patents on rugged optical components.
  • Current


Our Mission

Our Mission is to enable a transformation from copper to optical networking with navigation, threat detection, and control systems networking at the world’s leading manufacturers of Industrial Military, Aerospace, and Communication systems.

Management Team

Ken Applebaum
Marc Simms
Meredith Peck
Ray Wymer
Bob Irvine
Tim Staggs
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Worldwide Locations

Our Facilities

749 Miner Rd Highland Heights, OH 44143



Am Alten Schlachthof 4, 36037 Fulda, Germany

+49(0) 661 9786 9200

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