CEO: Bob Akins.
Revenue: $594 million in 2011; $534 million in 2010.
Net income: $80 million in 2011; $91 million in 2010.
No. of local employees: 900.
Headquarters: Rancho Bernardo.
Year founded: 1986.
Stock symbol and exchange: CYMI on Nasdaq.
Company description: Developer and maker of laser equipment used in the production of semiconductors.
Key factors for success: Market leader in its product, controlling more than 80 percent; heavy investment into research and development.
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