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Optimax CEO Rick Plympton joins BLU’s Executive Committee
February 6th, 2023

Optimax CEO Rick Plympton joins BLU’s Executive Committee. “Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships is guided by an Executive Committee of business leaders dedicated to solving the nation’s skills mismatch by advocating for inclusive, skills training policies.” &nbsp

Optimax, Leading in Global Coating Capabilities
November 17th, 2022

Optimax was listed as a top profiled global optical coating company, according to a recent report by Emergen Research. In the summary, the report highlights the, “rapid technological advancements in the field of optical coating techniques and fabrication processes are key factor driving optical coating market revenue growth”.  Adding to the competitive landscape, Optimax is

Optimax Invests In The Greater Rochester NY Region
October 11th, 2022

Optimax president Joe Spilman shares how Optimax is investing in the Greater Rochester NY Region on the Get Real Radio podcast. &nbsp

Optimax – “Roc with Your Hands” Event
October 7th, 2022

(Rochester, New York) A first of it’s kind job fair for students in the greater Rochester area, provided an amazing opportunity to use all their senses while exploring different career fields. Our HR department along with Drew Damone, spent the day educating future opticians and engineers while introducing manufacturing roles located right in their own

Finger Lakes Works FAME Program: Matching Employers and Employees
September 9th, 2022

INSIDE THE FLX: Finger Lakes Works FAME program, matching employers and employees (podcast). In this episode, we talk with Rick Plympton and Lynn Fried from the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, also known as Finger Lakes Works. The program helps manufacturers find workers with the proper training for today’s manufacturing jobs. The end result in

Optimax featured in launch of White House Administration Job Quality Toolkit
August 5th, 2022

Optimax CEO Rick Plympton joined the United States Departments of Commerce and Labor and other supporting organizations yesterday for the White House administration’s launch of the Job Quality Toolkit. This initiative will be beneficial for companies and organizations that are seeking to recruit and retain high-performing workers. “I really hope that by sharing our journey,

Tech Focus: Freeform Optics
July 21st, 2022

Freeform optics are optical shapes or surfaces that are designed with little to no symmetry constraints. Tech Focus says, “Optimax Systems supplies high-precision optics. The company is a prototype and custom optics manufacturer that produces aspheres, cylinders, prisms, spheres, freeform optics and coatings. Optimax offers small volume, high-quality products on a fast turnaround”.   Click

Greater Rochester Enterprise Celebrates its 20th Anniversary
June 29th, 2022

Greater Rochester Enterprise is celebrating 20 years of local economic development successes in the Rochester region. GRE President and CEO Matt Hurlbutt discussed some of the highlights over the last 20 years Wednesday during our Greater Rochester Enterprise Why ROC conversation. Hurlbutt said companies like Barilla America, Optimax, Greenlight Networks, CooperVision, American Packaging, Plug Power,

East High Graduates find ‘Good-Paying’ Jobs in $3B Precision Optics Industry
June 24th, 2022

Jamel Brown is among the 2022 graduates at East High. His post-high school plans include pursuing a career in Rochester’s $3 billion precision optics industry. “I polish glass. I’m technically an optical engineer,” said John Hall, a 21-year-old employee at Optimax Manufacturing who has been working there since he graduated from East High in 2019.

SPIE Photonics Industry Summit Will Bring Policymakers and Optics & Photonics Industry Leaders Together
June 24th, 2022

The international society for optics and photonics (SPIE) will host its first-ever Photonics Industry Summit in Washington, DC on September 21. This event is geared toward companies that manufacture optics and photonics as well as related industries. During the one day event there will be a panel discussion with industry leaders about the current challenges facing

Monroe County offering Cash Incentive to New Grads to Live and Work in the Area
June 16th, 2022

Monroe County is offering cash incentives to keep recent college grads in the area. The pilot program is called Rochester Emerging Talent and Innovations Network, or RETAIN. Leah Hamilton is a workforce coordinator for Optimax an optics manufacturer. She said finding new talent has been a challenge throughout the pandemic and her company works closely

ROS 2 Driver Now Available for ABB’s Robot Arms
June 10th, 2022

PickNik Robotics and Optimax Systems have released a ROS 2 driver for ABB manipulators

2 New Exhibits at Rochester Museum and Science Center
June 7th, 2022

The Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC) planetarium has debuted two new exhibits – “Rochester’s Eyes in Space” and “Same Sky.” Optimax Systems, Inc. and L3Harris Technologies are both organizations that are deeply involved in space exploration, and helped make the new exhibits possible. “These new exhibitions help the RMSC continue to offer immersive experiences

Optimax Makes 2022 Rochester Top Workplaces List
May 26th, 2022

Optimax once again makes the Rochester Top Workplaces list for 2022, a streak that has been running for 8 years! &nbsp

Professor Jannick Rolland & Dr. Daniel Nikolov receive 2022 University of Rochester Optimax Research Grant
May 18th, 2022

Congratulations to Professor Jannick Rolland and Dr. Daniel Nikolov for receiving the 2022 University of Rochester Optimax Research Grant for their proposal to explore refractive metaforms. The Optimax Research Grant is an annual $10,000 award given to a University of Rochester professor or student for an optics-based research project. #OpticsResearch #UniversityofRochester

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