News Categories: 2020

Optimax ranked 84th among Top 100 Companies in Rochester, NY

The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and KPMG LLP ranked Optimax 84th among the Top 100 Companies in Rochester,

Jessica DeGroote Nelson on Embracing the Unfamiliar

In the latest installment of Senior Member Insights, OPN talks with Jessica DeGroote Nelson, Director of Technology & Strategy at Optimax, about the most valuable skills she’s learned in her career

Optimax– Employee Ownership Trust Story

In this story, Optimax Systems CEO, Rick Plympton, talks about the self-managed culture, economic success within communities and business succession

Getting the measure of aspheric and freeform lenses

Check out the latest Electro Optics magazine article on measuring freeform and aspheric lenses. Jessica DeGroote Nelson, Optimax’s Director of Technology & Strategy, discusses freeform optics and single point probe metrology

Optimax featured in Rochester Museum & Science Center’s Virtual Planetarium Show

Rochester Museum & Science Center Planetarium Director Steve presents a new virtual planetarium show where you will learn interesting facts about the Mars 2020 Perseverance spacecraft, including Optimax’s role as one of the key lens suppliers for the rover

Patrick Maisel-Millennial in Manufacturing Award Recipient

Patrick Maisel, Optimax Continuous Improvement Engineer, was selected as a recipient of FuzeHub’s Millennials in Manufacturing Award. This award celebrates young professionals who are driving innovation in New York’s manufacturing industry

MCC to Update Curriculum to Emphasize Jobs of the Future, Post COVID

Monroe Community College is boosting their curriculum to help educate students on the jobs of the future – including those at Optimax! The Workforce Development Center will be opening to teach courses on the jobs that are in demand now and are expected to continue to be in demand in the future so that technical companies can continue to prosper. Learn more below!

Noah Mueller wins 3rd Place in JFF’s “Why I Apprentice” Competition
Noah Mueller, a youth apprentice at Optimax Precision Optics Manufacturing, recently won 3rd place in the 2020 “Why I Apprentice” national youth apprenticeship video competition from JFF, a national nonprofit that drives change in the American workforce and education systems. In the video, Noah explains why he enjoys participating in our youth apprenticeship program. Watch
The Canandaigua National Corporation Board of Directors appoints Optimax CEO Rick Plympton as Director

“Rick’s diverse and wide-ranging experiences will offer meaningful contributions to our Board,” said CNB President and CEO Frank H. Hamlin,

EPIC’s Online Technology Meeting on Freeform Optics for AR/VR

The market for AR devices is expected to reach over $100 billion in the next few years, but there are challenges these devices need to overcome. Freeforms offer an opportunity to address these challenges.

Photonics Media featured Optimax’s COVID-19 Response

Learn more about our response and the procedures we have set in place to fight this pandemic.  We are continuously looking at ways on how we can keep our workforce and community safe during this pandemic. We stand behind the philosophy that we are all in this together, whether it is COVID-19 or any challenge that lies ahead

Optimax Sponsoring the Rochester Museum & Science Center’s exhibit The Changemakers
Did you hear about the new Rochester Museum & Science Center's exhibit The Changemakers coming this fall? The exhibit will celebrate local women who changed our world. We can't wait to see the new exhibit!
Optimax 7x D&C Top Workplaces Winner
Seven years and running, Optimax has made the list based on our employee’s feedback, of being one of Rochester’s best places to work.
Optimax CEO featured on Town of Penfield’s television show Advocating for Rochester’s Arts and Culture
Rick Plympton, Optimax CEO, discusses the importance of STEAM education and Optimax's approach to hiring.
Emerging laser applications—New demands on optics

Have you read the latest Laser Focus World article, “Emerging laser applications—New demands on optics” featuring Jessica DeGroote Nelson, Director of Technology & Strategy at Optimax

Optimax is an Essential Business – Operations Remain Open

Due to the critical role we play in Defense, Medical, and Semiconductor supply chains, Optimax is an essential business and we are fully operational. As we continue to monitor and react to the situation, the health and well-being of our employees, customers, vendors, and community members remain the top priority. We have implemented health and safety policies to do our part in limiting the spread of the virus while remaining dedicated to supporting our customers during this challenging time. We are all in this together

Business Leadership in the Age of Aquarius

In the manufacturing workforce today, most employees are trained or educated to perform complex tasks and/or problem-solving. Some of the best improvements are developed by technicians and engineers on the production floor. That’s why there is a case to be made to create profit sharing to reward all employees for the value they create

Optics & Photonics Technician Shortage

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics,  is partnering with the photonics industry and local academia to solve the optics & photonics technician shortage

Optimax receives grant for Workforce Development

New York State Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was in town on Monday, February 24th, to celebrate the funding and announce multiple grant award winners from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Workforce Development Initiative

MIT Sloan School of Management is using Optimax as a case study

MIT created a case study on Optimax Systems, Inc.’s innovative management philosophy built on three key pillars; and a discussion on the ways participants can bring their ideas to fruition around the creation of a new social contract. Learn more below. 

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