News Categories: 2018

Optimax featured in the 2018 Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) December Newsletter

Read below the GRE newsletter on how we are committed to growing the Greater Rochester, NY optics industry.

A Biophotonics Revolution

In a recent Photonics Media article, Alexis K.S. Vogt writes about the Biophotonics Revolution and highlights Optimax’s decisions to hire artists, musicians, gamers, and even chefs, because those individuals already possess good hand-eye coordination.

Can you believe it?

Can you believe that it has been two months since we officially broke ground on our new facility expansion? We have some updates for you! Check out our expansion page!

Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellowship

Rick Plympton was honored to be selected to join the Aspen Institutes Job Quality Fellowship for the 2018-2019 class

National Apprenticeship Week

It’s National Apprenticeship Week and our very own apprentices are being recognized by the American Apprentice Initiative of WNY, United Way Buffalo and Erie Counties

Rochester Chamber Top 100

The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and KPMG LLP ranked Optimax 36 among the Top 100 Companies in Rochester, NY.

SBC Business Person of the Year Finalist

Rick Plympton and Mike Mandina have been nominated as finalists for the Rochester Small Business Council Business Person of the Year Award

2018 Technology & Manufacturing Awards

This month, Optimax received a 2018 Technology & Manufacturing Award. The Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Awards recognizes and honors organizations and individuals who lead the manufacturing industry in our area.

Read more about the award and the event below

Rochester Business Hall of Fame

Rick Plympton and Mike Mandina inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame. Watch what makes their story a homegrown success

2018 Rochester Business Hall of Fame

The Rochester Business Hall of Fame celebrated its induction of five local business heavyweights this week, including a sweetener manufacturer and the leaders of an breakout optics company

RRPC Education Award-Michael Pomerantz
The RRPC Education Award is given each year to an individual for inspiring students to embrace Optics, Photonics, and Imaging sciences and guiding them in career development. The Education Award recipient for 2018 is Michael Pomerantz.
2018 Rochester Business Hall of Fame Inductees – Mike Mandina & Rick Plympton
Learn how the duo have turned a small optics company that started in a barn into a 350+ enterprise.    
Optimax Expands Facility

Optimax, the largest prototype high precision optics manufacturer in the United States, broke ground on a 60,000 sq. ft. expansion

Optimax Groundbreaking Ceremony

The largest precision optics manufacturer in the nation is expanding. Click the links below to read about our expansion and ceremony.

You could makes lenses for NASA too

In the latest News 8 #WhyROC segment, Optimax shares what is driving their success as a key high-precision optics manufacturer. 

Students take part in Summer Manufacturing Program

The Summer Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering program allows for students in eighth, ninth and tenth grade to experience first-hand advanced manufacturing skills, while earning three free college credits through Monroe Community College

Building the Next-Generation Optics Workforce

As featured in Photonics Media,  Optimax’s apprentice program enables a budding optics technician to spend a month working in different manufacturing areas across the company and to take optical systems technology courses at MCC. 

Lights, Camera, Action! 

The Agency, a new pilot episode,  features Optimax’s facility and a few employees in the first 45 seconds.
Watch below!

Optimax Facility Expansion

Optimax will construct a $21.7 million, 60,000 square-foot addition at its existing facility on Dean Parkway. As a result of its continued growth, Optimax plans to create up to 60 new jobs over the next five years

MCC Opening Doors Campaign features Optimax’s Tsion Teklemarim

Tsion Teklemarim works at Optimax as an Optical Technician. Tsion graduated from MCC in 2016. She is featured in the new MCC Opening Doors campaign