BUFFALO GROVE, Ill., Sept. 14, 2016 — Microscope developer Leica Microsystems Inc. has announced an expansion in the southeastern United States. Associated Microscope Company Inc. of Elon, N.C., will represent Leica’s educational microscopy solutions exclusively in the states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina, and nonexclusively in the state of Virginia. Associated Microscope has already been providing Leica microscopes, accessories and service for the high school and higher education markets. "We are very excited to expand our relationship with Associated Microscope into an exclusive partnership,” said Lon Nelson, director of microscopy sales at Leica. “Associated's Service and Sales organization has worked tirelessly over their past 39 years in the classroom educational market, establishing a long list of satisfied and loyal customers. Associated will expand our presence in the southeast U.S. market and allow us to provide an even higher level of service and support to our educational customers.” Leica Microsystems develops and manufactures microscopes and scientific instruments for the analysis of micro- and nanostructures.