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Optimax Appoints New President Joseph Spilman
September 23rd, 2021

Join us in congratulating Joseph Spilman on being appointed president of Optimax. He is the second president of Optimax in its 30-year history and brings more than 20 years of experience in the optics and photonics industry, including 10 years at Optimax, most recently as the organization’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “It is truly

RMSC and Optimax Celebrating the One Year Anniversary of the Mars 2020 Rover Launch
July 30th, 2021

Optimax Team Member, Brian Greenberg, was interview by RMSC’s Strasenburgh Planetarium Director Steve on Friday, July 30th, in celebration of the one year anniversary of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Launch

Mars Rover 2020 Perseverance Optimax
Alejandro Mendoza Appointed to National Workforce Panel to Advise Biden Administration on Economic Recovery Policies
March 26th, 2021

We’re pleased to announce that Alejandro Mendoza, Human Resources Director at Optimax, has been appointed by National Skills Coalition and Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships to serve on a national Industry Recovery Panel that will advise the Biden administration and Congress on federal recovery policies in the coming months. Different industries have experienced the pandemic in different ways, we need industry specific solutions to build an inclusive recovery.

Alejandro Mendoza Appointed to National Workforce Panel to Advise Biden Administration on Economic Recovery Policies
Optimax’s Innovative Employee Ownership Trust
March 19th, 2021

Learn more about Optimax’s innovative employee ownership trust plan in Rick’s latest interview with The Aspen Institute

EOP Optimax Interview
Optimax CEO named to 2021 RBJ’s Power 100 List
March 1st, 2021

Optimax CEO Rick Plympton named to 2021 Rochester Business Journal Power 100 List. Learn more about the 2021 Rochester leaders playing a large role in our community

2021 RBJ Power 100 List_Rick Plympton
Optimax & NextCorps Latest Grant Partnership
February 23rd, 2021

Learn more about our latest partnership with NextCorps to solve challenges in manufacturing some of the world’s most difficult optics.

MCC Roundtable Discussion- Celebrating International Day of Women & Girls in Science
February 23rd, 2021

In honor of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Monroe Community College Optics Club hosted a roundtable discussion about Optics and Photonics and how women play a major role in this field. Optimax Team Member JamieRose participated in the MCC roundtable discussion

International Day of Women & Girls in Science-MCC roundtable
Celebrating the International Day of Women & Girls in Science
February 23rd, 2021

Jennifer Michels, Optimax Engineer, is featured in Zemax, LLC’s latest blog post celebrating International Day of Women & Girls in Science. “I have always found myself wanting to understand how things work – from house framing, to interferometers, to the human brain. Using scientific principles and math to figure things out brings me a sense of accomplishment and purpose.”

Jen Michels- International Day of Women & Science
Finger Lakes Features- Optimax Virtual Tour
February 8th, 2021

As we look forward to the light at the end of this coronavirus tunnel, Optimax still believes in the power of career exploration and connecting students and job seekers to careers that they love, that are filled with opportunity, and that will help them build a life of success and fulfillment

An Essential Exchange of Ideas Would Benefit the Optics Industry
January 8th, 2021

“In high-power continuous-wave optics, every aspect of the optical component is important,” said Jessica DeGroote Nelson, director of technology and strategy at Optimax Systems Inc

Finger Lakes Works Presents: Employer Panel for Veterans
January 7th, 2021

Join Finger Lakes Works on Thursday, January 21st, for a virtual Employer Panel for Veterans and their families. Optimax Human Resources Director, Ale’ Mendoza, will present along with Mary Granger from Finger Lakes Health and Todd Hansen from Henkel

Optimax Celebrates 30 Years
January 1st, 2021

The year 2021 marks the 30th Anniversary of Optimax. We have come a long way from starting in a barn in Webster, New York, to becoming the largest optics manufacturer in America. 

Optimax 30th Anniversary
Optimax ranked 84th among Top 100 Companies in Rochester, NY
November 6th, 2020

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
October 21st, 2020

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

Jessica DeGroote Nelson director of technology & strategy
Optimax– Employee Ownership Trust Story
October 21st, 2020

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

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