News Categories: 2017

Where the Jobs are in Rochester

Where are the jobs in Rochester? Optics is one booming industry. How does Optimax do it? “Create an efficient, effective career training pipeline to match candidates with open area jobs

Mike Mandina Receives Executive of the Year

The inaugural Technology and Manufacturing Awardscelebrated the best and brightest in Rochester’s diverse tech landscape. Taking home the award for executive of the year was Michael Mandina, President of Optimax Systems Inc. A leading innovator in the blooming photonics industry, Mandina is a professional with an emphasis on development, growth and serving his community

Optimax Ranks #41 on Top 100

The Greater Rochester Chamber Top 100 is the annual list of the fastest-growing companies in our area. Full List of Top

RBJ Technology and Manufacturing Award – Names Finalists

  Optimax a finalist for “Manufacturing Innovation – Large Companies” and “Executive of the Year” Mike Mandina

Optimax Makes Inc. 5000 List

Inc. magazines annual ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America – Optimax at 4505. &nbsp

Breaking Through: Women in Photonics – Kate Medicus

In this episode, Kate Medicus, an R & D team leader specializing in metrology and optics manufacturing at New York-based Optimax, discusses her years of experience in the optics field. She looks back on her education and career, sharing not only her experiences but also some guidance and advice for future generations

“Freeform Optics: Notes from the Revolution

Check out this months OPN article featuring experts in the area, including Optimax’s Jessica DeGroote Nelson

First apprentice at Optimax to receive grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor towards Optimax’s (POM) Apprenticeship Program

In June of 2017, Holly Hutchinson, Project Director, American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI), United Way of Buffalo & Erie County (UWBEC), presented Jeff Iorio, Optimax Apprentice, with a congratulatory gift for becoming the first apprentice at Optimax to soon receive grant funding from the U.S. Department of Labor towards Optimax’s Precision Optics Manufacturing (POM)

Optimax hiring “ready to step in” candidates

Optimax was mentioned in the Daily Messenger for seeking more potential employees with basic manufacturing skills who are ready to step into entry-level employment

Succeeding as a Community-Story of Optimax

The story of a small-town optics manufacturing firm-surviving and thriving

Optimax #4 Rochester’s Top Workplaces 2017: Mid-sized Business

Optimax’s fourth year taking spot #4 on the Rochester’s Top Workplaces

Business spotlight: Optimax, high-tech firm started in Webster barn

The Ontario, Wayne County, company with humble roots has averaged 25 percent growth each year since it was founded in

Local scientists, supporters plan to March for Science on Earth Day

Organizer Joey Lawson, a research and development scientist at Optimax Systems in Rochester, said it’s also important to raise awareness of the importance of continued governmental support for scientific research

Entrepreneurial event to feature Optimax leaders

RocGrowth Candids—a bimonthly gathering of local entrepreneurs to share their lessons learned—will hold an event March 1 featuring Optimax Systems Inc.’s CEO Rick Plympton and President Mike Mandina

2018 OSA Fellow: Mike Mandina

Optimax President, Mike Mandina, was named a 2018 OSA Fellow. “For business leadership within the greater Rochester optics community and the U.S. and global optics industry, and technical leadership in the development of an innovative, high-speed polishing technique called VIBE.&#