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Largo, FL Visitor Guide

AMETEK, Precitech, Sterling Ultra Precision: VISITORS’ GUIDE

8600 Somerset Drive
Largo, FL 33773

Tel: (727) 538-6132
Fax: (727) 538-6121


Please arrange your visit in advance.

Please let us know of your intended visit by contacting Sterling Ultra Precision in advance and arranging a date to visit us. We can then make sure that we have all necessary engineering staff present, so that we can cover your exact requirements during demonstrations.


Our Largo laboratory is fully equipped to demonstrate the lathes, fast tool servos, software and peripheral equipment for cutting of intraocular lenses, contact lenses, metal molds or advanced optical parts which are not rotationally symmetrical.

It is equipped with a complete range of metrology equipment, including an interferometer, microscopes, and the Taylor-Hobson Form TalySurf (PGI), to measure form accuracy and surface finish of any parts we cut for you. Customers are encouraged to bring parts cut on other machine systems in order to make direct comparisons with those cut on our ultra-precision Optoform lathes.

All lens design software modules are also available, so that you can assess the extensive capabilities of the machines.

If you would like to cut a very unusual or experimental lens design or material, please discuss this with us before your visit. We can then ensure that one of the software engineers will be available to program your lathe files, and that we are properly set up to work with your specific material.


Largo is located in Central Florida on the Gulf of Mexico coast, close to two international airports and within driving distance of several other Florida airports:

  • 19 miles ( 30.5 kms) from Tampa International Airport (5503 West Spruce Street, Tampa, FL 33607)
  • 6.2 miles (10 kms) from St Petersburg – Clearwater International Airport (14700 Terminal Boulevard Clearwater, FL 33762)
  • 106 miles (171 kms) from Orlando International Airport (One Airport Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32827)


Click here for driving directions on Google Maps.


There are approximately 40 hotels within easy distance of Sterling. Some near-by hotels include:

Holiday Inn Harbourside
401 Second Street
Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
Phone: +1 727 595 9484

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
210 Seminole Boulevard
Largo, FL 33770
Phone: +1 727 581 3900

Theme parks
Central Florida is a world-famous tourist destination, and visitors to Sterling may enjoy visiting some of the Orlando theme parks: Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot Center, Universal Studios, Sea World, MGM, Wet and Wild or one of many others.
Tampa’s most popular theme parks are Busch Gardens and Adventure Island.

Golf and sports
Florida is famous for its golf courses and sports facilities. Please contact Sterling for suggestions for golf in Tampa and for bookings or assistance, or choose from the many options available on the internet.

Beaches and environment
The Tampa Bay area has hundreds of beaches and conservation areas, including several of the top ten beaches in the United States e.g. Caladesi Island State Park, and Fort DeSoto State Park.

Arts and entertainments
Tampa Performing Arts Center is rated 7th in the USA as a performing arts venue. For programs and tickets see The Ruth Eckerd Hall programs are also world class. For more information see

MOSI (the Museum of Science and Industry) offers a dome IMAX theatre and a huge array of exhibits. Visit

Visit the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by the late Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali. Visit