News Categories: 2019

A Lens on New Technology in Manufacturing: Optimax

For some manufacturing workers, AI-based technologies are a greater benefit than a threat, and the bigger issue is managing constant change in the work environments and responsibilities. Learn More

New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon visits Optimax

New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon visited Optimax as part of National Apprenticeship Week

Advances in Optical Systems: Laser mirror design tradeoffs impact optical system performance

Have you read the latest Laser Focus World article on how laser mirror design tradeoffs impact optical system performance? Check it out today!

Optimax ranked 47 among the Top 100 Companies in Rochester, NY

The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and KPMG LLP ranked Optimax 47 among the Top 100 Companies in Rochester, NY. Check out the other great Rochester companies that made the list this year!

RBJ Technology & Manufacturing Workforce Development Award

Optimax received the Rochester Business Journal Technology & Manufacturing Workforce Development Award. The Rochester Technology & Manufacturing Awards recognizes and honors organizations and individuals who lead the manufacturing industry in our area. #ROC #manufacturing #workforcedevelopment

Corey Manahan-Millennials in Manufacturing Award Recipient

In 2019, Fuzehub, the statewide New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership center, launched the Millennials in Manufacturing Awards to celebrate young professionals who are doing their part to strengthen New York State’s manufacturing industry

Rick Plympton, Job Quality Fellow
Optimax’s mission of ensuring customer success and employee prosperity drives its job quality approach, including good benefits, profit sharing, and continuous learning. “We feel a responsibility to create opportunities where people can come to work, earn a good living, and pursue their career goals,” says Rick Plympton, CEO of Optimax. “By doing that, we’re nothttps://www.optimaxsi.com/news/rick-plympton-job-quality-fellow/
Optimax Open House
Join us for an open house celebration of our newly expanded 120,000 sq. ft. facility on Monday, October 14th. Festivities kick off at 4 PM and go till around 7 PM. The open house party is open to all Optifab attendees and invited guests. Register today!
Science on the Edge

Jessica DeGroote Nelson, Director of Technology and Strategy at Optimax, will be presenting “Science on the Edge- Turning the Science Fiction of Today into Tomorrow’s Science Fact through Innovations in Optics” on Thursday, October 3rd at the Rochester Museum Science Center

Clear Path To A Bright Future: High School Grad To Optimax Apprentice

American Apprenticeship Initiative of Western New York featured Optimax and our newest Apprentice Noah in its latest August Newsletter

Zemax Webinar-Technologies and Techniques for Optical Fabrication

Understanding how optical components are manufactured is essential to creating the high-performance and cost-effective optical systems today’s customers demand. Here’s your opportunity to learn the latest methods and procedures in fabrication and testing technology from an industry-leading expert in optical fabrication

High-Energy Lasers: Laser Focus World
Is a boom ahead for high-energy lasers on the battlefield?
Jessica DeGroote Nelson-Chair of Optical Fabrication and Testing Topical Meeting

Jessica DeGroote Nelson, Director of Technology & Strategy at Optimax, is chairing the 2019 Optical Fabrication and Testing Topical Meeting (OF&T). This meeting will emphasize new ideas, concepts, and emerging applications in optics manufacturing and metrology

Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award

Yesterday, Rick and Mike received the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award. This award is given out by RIT’s Saunders College of Business to an individual or business that has improved the economic life of Greater Rochester or whose innovation management skills have changed the course of an existing business

Optimax Wins Two Wealth of Health Awards

On June 4th, Optimax received two Wealth of Health awards in the categories of Employer of the Year in the category of 200-499 employees as well as Rookie of the Year, recognizing companies participating in the Wealth of Health Awards Program for the first time

#FacesofPhotonics: Optimax Director of Technology and Strategy, Jessica DeGroote Nelson

On May 21st, Jessica DeGroote Nelson, Optimax’s Director of Technology and Strategy,  will be teaching Optical Materials, Fabrication, and Testing for the Optical Engineer at this year’s SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego

Optimax 6x D&C Top Workplaces Winner

Six years and running, Optimax has made the list based on our employee’s feedback, of being one of Rochester’s best places to work

FAME’s 2019 STAR Award to Jim VanKouwenberg

Jim VanKouwenberg, Optimax’s Workforce Development Coordinator, won the 2019 FAME STAR Award. This award recognizes students, teachers, and advanced manufacturing relationships in pursuit of FAME’s goal to promote awareness of advanced manufacturing careers in the pipeline

The Optimax Story

On Tuesday, March 12th, Bruce Peters of Beyond Teal interviewed Optimax CEO, Rick Plympton and facilitated a panel discussion with members of the Optimax team

RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering Emerging Leader Award
Optimax's Manufacturing Manager, Joshua Dennie is awarded RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering Emerging Leader Award for 2019. This award recognizes recent alumni who have distinguished themselves beyond others by living out the KGCOE mission and making an important contribution to their profession or community.