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RBJ Technology & Manufacturing Workforce Development Award
October 18th, 2019

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
October 7th, 2019

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
September 25th, 2019

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 goo ....

Optimax Open House
September 25th, 2019

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
September 25th, 2019

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
August 27th, 2019

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
August 19th, 2019

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 expe ....

High-Energy Lasers: Laser Focus World
June 21st, 2019

Is a boom ahead for high-energy lasers on the battlefield?

Jessica DeGroote Nelson is chairing the 2019 Optical Fabrication and Testing Topical Meeting (OF&T).
June 7th, 2019

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
June 6th, 2019

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 o ....

Optimax Wins Two Wealth of Health Awards
June 4th, 2019

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
May 29th, 2019

SPIE Senior Member Jessica DeGroote Nelson works as the director of technology and strategy at Optimax Systems in Ontario, New York. She also teaches as an adjunct assistant professor at The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester (UR), and is a Conference Chair for SPIE Optifab 2019.

The Optimax Story
March 15th, 2019

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

The Dawn of New Optics: Emerging Metamaterials
January 21st, 2019

Photonics Media describes how next-generation materials and new computational and fabrication techniques are reshaping how we think about optics. The Photonics Media article features Jessica Nelson, Director of Technology & Strategy at Optimax Systems, who describes the challenges with obtainin ....

Optimax is featured in the all-new Edge Factor short film, Optical Illumination
January 18th, 2019

Optimax is featured in the all-new Edge Factor short film, Optical Illumination. The film showcases the optics industry and hopes to inspire students and parents to use their hands, minds, and technology to build the future

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RocGrowth Candids: Featuring Mike Mandina & Rick Plympton, Optimax

This optics company is no traditional success story.  The website states it well:  “We leverage ...
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Optimax CEO Rick Plympton Receives RRPC Leadership Award

The RRPC Leadership Award recipient for 2016 is Rick Plympton, CEO of Optimax Systems, for working w...
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Optimax Makes Rochester Chamber Top 100

The Rochester Chamber Top 100, marking its 30th year, is a program of the Greater Rochester Chamber ...
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Optimax Makes Inc. 5000 List

Optimax has had a three-year growth of 40% and finds itself on the list of the fastest growing compa...
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Photonics jobs: Preparing today for future openings

There are three things anyone in Rochester can do right now to better position themselves for a phot...
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Summer Advanced Manufacturing Experience program teaches students to explore STEM opportunities

Summer Advanced Manufacturing Experience students tour Optimax Systems Inc. to learn how they can us...
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Optimax CFO Tom Kelly Wins RBJ Financial Exec of Year

Five financial executives from the business and non-profit sectors were winners Thursday at the 2016 Financial Executive of the Year Award event.
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College Grads: Be Ready for Job Search

  Optimax hires 20 interns for the summer, about two-thirds from colleges and a third from high sch...
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Chicago's DMDII Is Putting $12M Into Augmented Reality

The Rochester Institute of Technology, Harbec, Optimax, and OptiPro will make virtual shop floor ...
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Technology for Starshot Program Could be Developed in Rochester

        Some of those catch ups could happen right here in Rochester...
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Strengthening Team Member Performance Through Peer Reviews

How does one make a performance review system that honor both the needs of the employee and the comp...
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GET A JOB: Finger Lakes Works does just that — works

Finger Lakes Works helped Nelson Clark, who now has a successful career working at Optimax, and Davi...
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Six named for HR executive honors

Six local human resources executives will be honored at the third annual HR Executive of the Year Aw...
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FLCC FAME Scholarship Winner

Instrumentation and control technologies major Clay Tietjen of Penn Yan received the FAME award of $...
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Biden, officials laud photonics hub in Rochester

"You've gone from making Brownie cameras to lenses that are now mapping the far side of Pluto," he told an audience of about 200 people.
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WCNY SciTech

Pluto is four and a half billion miles from Earth... but the picture you see of the planet come from...
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Photonics a Possible Solution to the Brain Drain

"It's growing and this is a hub for the photonics community and it's just a sign of things to come,"... Read more

Winner of Mastercam Innovator of the Future Contest

Mastercam’s IOF competition helps introduce students to real-world manufacturing by challenging th... Read more

Optimax products out of this world, literally

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Best Practices for Recruiting and Hiring the Long-Term Unemployed

The roundtable discussion was hosted by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez and focus... Read more

2014 NYATEP Buiness Leadership Award for Workforce Development

It was with a strong recommendation and a glowing recommendation that Mike and Optimax were selected... Read more

Local Manufacturers Shine on Their Day

Nine Rochester-area companies will welcome visitors The day is a coordinated effort of manufacturing... Read more

Optical Systems: Transmissive high-energy laser optics: Manufacturing and testing considerations

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Employee Spotlight: Joseph Spilman

 Name: Joseph Spilman  Title: Sr. Business Development Manager  Role: Help leverage Optimax... Read more

Website: Optimax in Space

New interactive features describing Optimax lenses on-board NASA missions. Optimax is proud to have... Read more

Optimax One of Rochester's Top Workplaces

As voted by our employees Rochester Top Workplaces 2014 ranked Optimax ninth for midsized business.... Read more

On the Road: SPIE Optics+Photonics

 August SPIE Optics+Photonics Hear the latest research in optical engineering and applicati... Read more

OEM Production Optics

Optimax is well known for prototype optical components. With our recent expansion, Optimax has capac... Read more

Optics Made in USA

Why manufacturing in the United States is growing and helping our economy thrive Why does Made ... Read more

Wayne County High School Teachers Visit as part of STEM Partnership

Grant funds professional development in science, math and engineering instructional practices for Re... Read more

Spreading Skills and Opportunity

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This Was Not the Land that Kodak Forgot

The Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster sought ways to promote itself and grow jobs in the Rocheste... Read more

Shop Solutions: Grinding Optics On CNC Machining Centers

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15 Students’ Summer Success at SAME

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A Culture of Precision, Performance and Fun

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Website: Updated Inspection Options & Interactive Manufacturing Tolerance Chart

Inspection Options Optimax now offers three different inspection data options, including a custom... Read more

The Estimator: Estimate the Cost of Your Prototype Optics

The Estimator is a unique tool designed to allow an optical designer to input parameters and adjust ... Read more

Rochester's Top Workplaces 2014

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How 23,000 Rochester-area jobs go unfilled

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Mike Mandina Speaks at National Fund for Workforce Solutions

The National Fund for Workforce Solutions partners with businesses, communities, and philanthropy to... Read more

Vice President Joe Biden Visits MCC

Optimax President, Mike Mandina, introduces Vice President Joe Biden at an MCC Career Event followin... Read more

A Conversation with Mike Mandina on Workforce and Meeting President Obama

It has been an exciting few weeks for Mike Mandina – spending time with  both Vice President Bide... Read more

Executive Perspectives On The World Of Optics And Photonics

At Photonics West 2014 ,seven top executives from photonics and optics companies offered insights on... Read more

Optimax Systems' Plympton on Executive Perspectives Panel at Photonics West

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Local Company Gets More Answers from White House Worker Training Programs

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Employers must help advance the K-12 process

The Common Core and teacher evaluation programs are making front-page news. Regents Wade Norwood and... Read more

Bidens' visit put a focus on training for

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VP Joins Optics Companies in Praising Job Training

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Employers must be at school-improvement table

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A Chance to Win a $1,000 Scholarship

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Manufacturing Hope: Optimax's Realistic Optimist

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Optimax Named to Rochester Top 100

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Optimax recognized for creating jobs

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Employee Spotlight: Tom Starin

Title: Accountant Experience: Revenue and Profitability Analyst, Xerox Corporation Education: ... Read more

Innovation: Optimax Sponsors Slope Tolerance Webinar

Optical Society of America: Surface Slope Tolerances This webinar will describe the effects of surf... Read more

On the Road: Optifab

SPIE Optifab is the largest optical fabrication event in North America, and it only happens every ot... Read more

What's New: Asphere Production Cell

What: Precision asphere manufacturing lean cell Capabilities: This will allow us to create rotation... Read more

Optimax Supports the National Photonics Initiative

Optimax is proud to support and help drive the National Photonics Initiative seeking to raise awaren... Read more

Jimmy VanKouwenberg Wins RRPC Education Award

The RRPC Education Award went to James Van Kouwenberg, training coordinator and master optician at Optimax Systems (Ontario, NY), for "inspiring students to embrace Optics, Photonics, and Imaging sciences and guiding them in career development." Read more

Optimax expands coating facility

Optimax has completed a new optical coating facility that is the third and final phase of a $10 mill... Read more

Experts: B+L layoffs shouldn't hurt local optics industry

Optics and imaging has changed immensely over years, but one thing is for certain — Rochester is a... Read more

Summer Optics Sizzle Camp

Under the guidance of local optics professional and educators, 26 high school students from East, Ga... Read more

Optimax completes coating facility expansion

Optimax has completed the third and final phase of a $10 million optical coating facility project th... Read more

Optimax finishes $10 million expansion

Optimax announced it has completed an optical coating facility, the final phase of a $10 million expansion project that started in 2011 and has created more than 50 jobs. Read more

Optimax Named to Inc.'s list of fastest-growing private firms

More than 20 companies from the Rochester region made Inc. magazine’s list of the nation’s 5,000 fastest-growing companies. Optimax ranked 3,787. Read more

Eleven students graduate from MCC's Summer Advanced Manufacturing Experience

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2013 NAVY Tap Forum: Importance of Small Business

Learn from Navy leaders about the success rates commercialization, and hear from congressional members on the importance of small business to the economy. Read more

Funding for University Research Grants

Being a leader and active participant in the optics industry allows Optimax to give back through loc... Read more

Coating Expansion: 4,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility fully operational July 2013

Coatings are a critical and often risky step in the manufacturing of complex optical  systems. You'... Read more

Innovation: Optimax Sponsoring Webinars

Optimax is helping  create recognition for manufacturing technology through webinars. The following... Read more

Employee Spotlight: Anne Tausch

Title: Key Account Manager Experience: More than 20 years of technical sales and management in th... Read more

Maffei takes listening tour to Wayne County

Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY) hosted a small business round table discussion Saturday at Brantling Ski and ... Read more

Couple who are coaches balance work, family

Hard work in service of a career goal on a distant horizon isn’t specific to sports.... Read more

Tax Rebate for Hiring Veterans

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Irondequoit students observe high-tech manufacturing jobs

It takes only a quick glance around the factory floors at Optimax and OptiPro, two optics companies ... Read more

Innovation: Optimax Receives Two SBIR Phase II Awards

Sapphire Window & Corrector Optic Optimax is pleased to announce it has received two Phase II ... Read more

Education: The Next Generation of Opticians

Optimax was proud to participate in a career fair for the second grade students at Palmyra-Macedon E... Read more

Video: Visionary ideas

Visionary ideas, working capital and manufacturing prowess have allowed high tech industry to reshape the local economy, and give new meaning to the phrase Made in Rochester. Optimax is one of these companies featured in this Channel 8 news story. Read more

Hitachi Case Study

"If you get the right combination of people and continue to recruit and develop them you can do grea... Read more

20 Years of Innovation - Rochester Engineering Society Magazine

Founded in 1991, Optimax was one of the first optics manufacturers to use computer-controlled machin... Read more

20 Years of Innovation - SPIE Professional

Optimax was founded 21 August 1991 by four guys who believed computer controlled machining of brittl... Read more