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We are a world leader in high precision optical manufacturing, delivering custom optics to a wide range of innovators around the globe. Meeting these goals demands the right people. Teamwork, adaptability, and an enthusiastic approach to problem-solving are central to the Optimax culture. But what unites all our employees best is a hunger to continuously learn. We strive to find driven individuals who are committed to lifelong learning; who will continue to add value in their work throughout long and successful careers.



Optimax, a place of learning and visionary problem-solving, where we manufacture the future.

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Community Engagement

Innovation and business leadership are two key pillars of the Optimax approach. The third pillar is community. We strive to model the way for our workforce by encouraging employees to take leadership roles, both in the workplace and in the community. Due to our continuous advancements and outreach efforts, Optimax has consistently been recognized as a company that takes care of its people.

What does this mean to our customers?

Bright, engaged people who enjoy excelling at difficult challenges, like your complex optics.


We are looking for individuals that are committed to lifelong learning and creating value through their hard work.



Join our Growing Team. Be Challenged. Have Fun.
No matter your background, with the right attitude, you will create value.



Our unique corporate culture of teamwork, innovation, and agility provides a dynamic work environment.


Optimax Awards

Read the latest news about how Optimax has been recognized with company and leadership awards.

Recent Leadership Awards:
Noteable Past Leadership Awards:
  • RRPC Entrepeanuer Award: Mike Mandina (2009)
  • FAME STAR Award: Jim VanKouwenberg (2019)
  • Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entreprenurial Award: Mike Mandina & Rick Plympton (2019)
  • RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering Emerging Leader Award: Joshua Dennie (2019)
  • Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellowship: Rick Plympton (2018)
  • SBC Business Person of the Year Finalists: Rick Plympton & Mike Mandina (2018)
  • Rochester Business Hall of Fame: Rick Plympton & Mike Mandina (2018)
  • RBJ Financial Exec of the Year: Tom Kelly (2018)
  • Alejandro Mendoza Named as HR Executive Finalist (2016)
  • RRPC Leadership Award: Rick Plympton (2016)
  • SBA – New York State Small Business Person of the Year Award: Mike Mandina & Rick Plympton (2012)
  • New York Business Hall of Fame: Mike Mandina (2008)
  • RRPC Education Award: Mike Pomerantz (2018)
  • OSA Fellow: Mike Mandina (2018)
  • MCC Service Award for Career Technical Education: Jim VanKouwenberg (2015)
  • FAME 10 Year Award: Mike Mandina (2016)
  • Millennial in Manufacturing Award: Corey Manahan (2019)
Company Awards:
Noteable Past Awards:
  • Inc. 5000 List: 2017
  • RBJ Wealth of Health Awards: 2019
  • Inc. Hire Power Award: 2013

Optimax Community Outreach

A passion for education is the hallmark of any successful Optimax employee, and we encourage all our team members to turn their drive towards lifelong learning to education. We conduct a wide range of community outreach programs, working with groups as varied as:

  • Rochester Museum and Science Center
  • Boy Scouts
  • Explorer’s Program
  • Girl Scouts
  • LEGO Teams
  • High Schools
  • Daycares

Interested in exploring the Optimax facility?

Our doors are open to groups of all ages, from elementary school classes through to college students.

Contact a member of the team today if you would like to schedule a tour.


Optimax takes a leadership role in the optics industry. Professional and university research affiliations allow Optimax access to information that helps us provide an even better product and customer experience. Our collaboration in the research that will advance the optical manufacturing industry and improve our community is clear in our involvement in associations like these:

National & International Optics Industry Associations
  • American Precision Optics Manufacturers Association (APOMA)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Optics and Electro-Optics Standards Council (OEOSC)
  • Optica (Formerly OSA)
  • American Society for Precision Engineering (ASPE)
  • Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
  • National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM)
  • Business Leaders United (BLU)
  • National Skills Coalition
  • Aspen Institute
  • National Fund for Workforce Solutions
  • New York State Strategy Group
Rochester Optics Community
  • Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers' Enterprise (FAME)
  • Rochester Technology & Manufacturing Association (RTMA)
  • Rochester OSA
  • Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster
  • Finger Lakes Works
University Research
  • University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences
  • University of Central Florida College of Optics & Photonics (CREOL)
  • University of Rochester Institute of Optics
  • Laboratory for Laser Energetics (University of Rochester)
  • Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC)
  • Monroe Community College (MCC)
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