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.
In 1991, Optimax started in a barn in Webster, New York. Today, we have moved to a state-of-the-art high-end 120,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility. During this continuous journey of growth, the pillars that are Optimax have always remained the same:
It is our mission for customer success and employee prosperity that drives us.
As the largest precision optics manufacturer in the United States, our optics are used in key programs in aerospace, government research and defense, and our customers' successes have fueled our growth.
Optimax Celebrates 30 Years
The year 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of Optimax. We have come a long way from starting in a barn in Webster, New York, to becoming the largest optics manufacturer in America. During these years of business, the company has continued to grow and thrive and celebrate many milestones.
To all our employees, customers, and friends – We thank you for your continued commitment to Optimax.
Each year Optimax grows in revenue, facility size, customers, and employees. This provides more revenue potential, career opportunities, and technological advancements and solutions.
“We are creating solutions beyond what we ever thought it would be,” said Rick Plympton, CEO, Optimax.
From a start-up to a thriving company, there are now more than 400 employees, with an average revenue growth of 20 percent a year, and a 155,000 sq. ft. facility that continues to expand.
A unique company culture of team empowerment to create value, improve efficiency, and adapt to changes in the marketplace fuels our customers and employees to be successful and expand.
Did You Know?
Get to know the Optimax culture, from our Tie Dye traditions to the Business Hall of Fame.
Tie-dye became the official Optimax corporate uniform
Optimax's corporate culture began and with a workforce encompassed of Grateful Dead loving musicians, tie-dye became our official uniform still worn today.
Optimax Systems acquired Gould Precision Optics
Optimax acquired Gould Precision Optics. There were 80 employees in Rochester and around 30 employees in Binghamton, New York.
Optimax presented a message of hope to the workforce
In 2004, Optimax Angel's message provided the workforce with a message centered around hope and prosperity.
Optimax embraced a self-led culture
Optimax embraced a self-led culture, which means the organization is shaped by the people and not the objectives of the leaders.
Rochester Business Hall of Fame inducted Mike Mandina and Rick Plympton
Rick Plympton and Mike Mandina were inducted into the Rochester 2018 Business Hall of Fame.
Optimax was featured in multiple billboards around Rochester
In 2019, Optimax leaders Mike and Rick were featured on billboards throughout Rochester supporting Wayne County.
As a company, Optimax has continued to expand and grow on multiple levels. From starting our company in 1991 in a barn to continued growth and expansion in future years.
Our company is based on these core values:
These principles not only guide our culture but how we do business. We all have accountability to each other which drives our mission of putting customer success and employee prosperity first.
Our culture continues to grow as our company has grown, but these core values have been with us from the start and are what drives Optimax's success.
Started in a Barn
Moved to a Garage
Building 1 on Dean Parkway
Since its founding in 1991, Optimax has always been a privately owned company. As the two leading owners, Mike Mandina and Rick Plympton, started to near retirement age, they wanted to leave a succession plan that would ensure Optimax’s sustainability beyond their tenure.
The plan they enacted in 2020 was an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) with a perpetual purpose. What this ensures is the three covenants that were important to Mike and Rick:
This structure is ensured by a board of trustees that has appointed a board of directors that oversees the operations of Optimax. Over time, the board will continue to evolve but will always stay true to its key priorities:
In 2021, Joseph Spilman was appointed as the second president of Optimax succeeding one of our founders Mike Mandina, who is now chairman of the board.
As Optimax continues to grow, we stay true to an evolving structure holding to our core values.
December 2, 2021
Optimax CEO Rick Plympton Named to 2022 Class of Optica FellowsOptimax is honored to announce that our CEO, Rick Plympton,...
September 23, 2021
Optimax Appoints New President Joseph SpilmanJoin us in congratulating Joseph Spilman on being appointed president...
January 1, 2021
Optimax Celebrates 30 YearsThe year 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of Optimax. We...
November 6, 2020
Optimax ranked 84th among Top 100 Companies in Rochester, NYThe Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and KPMG LLP ranked...
- April 2, 2020
November 7, 2019
Optimax ranked 47 among the Top 100 Companies in Rochester, NYThe Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and KPMG LLP ranked...
October 18, 2019
RBJ Technology & Manufacturing Workforce Development AwardOptimax received the Rochester Business Journal Technology & Manufacturing Workforce Development Award....
June 4, 2019
Optimax Wins Two Wealth of Health AwardsOn June 4th, Optimax received two Wealth of Health awards...
May 1, 2019
Optimax 6x D&C Top Workplaces WinnerSix years and running, Optimax has made the list based...
January 1, 2019
Optimax Doubles its Facility SizeIn 2020, Optimax completed its expansion and doubled its facility...
October 18, 2018
RBJ Manufacturing Workforce Development AwardOptimax received a 2018 Technology & Manufacturing Award. The Rochester...
October 18, 2018
Rochester Business Hall of FameRick Plympton and Mike Mandina inducted into the Rochester 2018...
- October 18, 2018
August 18, 2018
SBA Top Business AwardIn 2012, Mike Mandina and Rick Plympton, Optimax Systems leaders,...
January 3, 2018
RBJ Manufacturing & TechnologyTo recognize excellence, promote innovation, and honor the organizations and...
- August 29, 2017
January 3, 2016
The RRPC Leadership AwardRick Plympton, CEO of Optimax Systems, received the RRPC Leadership...
- January 3, 2016
October 28, 2013
Inc. Hire Power AwardsOptimax was listed at No.18 on Inc. magazine’s second annual...
September 19, 2013
Jimmy VanKouwenberg Wins RRPC Education AwardThe RRPC Education Award went to James Van Kouwenberg, training...
January 1, 2011
Optimax Awarded Best Small WorkplaceOptimax continued expanding its workforce to over 160 employees and...
October 24, 2007
Optimax Leads the Way in Lean ManufacturingOptimax’s leading technology and Lean manufacturing model are the secrets...
- January 1, 2006
January 1, 2001
Prototype Optics in 1 Week!In 2001, Optimax employed 80+ employees and expanded its facility...
January 1, 1996
Tie-dye becomes the official corporate uniformIn 1996, Optimax expanded its workforce to 20 employees and...
- January 1, 1991
- January 1, 1991