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Optimax Systems, Inc. will Expand Operations Again in Wayne County
March 31st, 2022

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that optics manufacturer Optimax Systems Inc., located in the Town of Ontario, Wayne County, is again expanding its operations. The company will invest $20 million to attach a 36,000 square-foot addition to its existing facility on Dean Parkway. The expanded operations, with support from ESD, will allow Optimax Systems

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Rochester firms embrace 3D printing for multiple purposes
March 31st, 2022

Firms are using 3D printing to create unique tools, parts and other objects right here in Rochester, allowing for new approaches to manufacturing that increase efficiency and provide more material and design flexibility than was possible as recently as a decade ago. Hear from Jessica DeGroote Nelson, Director of Technology & Strategy at Optimax to

Jessica DeGroote Nelson Appointed Senior Editor of “Optical Engineering”
February 9th, 2022

We are honored to announce that Optimax’s Jessica DeGroote Nelson, Director of Technology and Strategy, has been appointed as a Senior Editor of SPIE’s Optical Engineering Journal! According to, “The role of senior editor is an important one at Optical Engineering. Since our journal covers such a broad array of topics, we rely on

Optimax President Joe Spilman Featured in Greater Rochester Enterprise’s “Why Roc?”
December 2nd, 2021

Optimax President Joe Spilman recently interviewed with Greater Rochester Enterprise to discuss the future of Optimax, why Rochester is an optimal location for the optics industry, and how Optimax “carries the Rochester optics flag around the world and beyond” ( Joe stated in the interview, “This is an exciting time at Optimax…Earlier this year we

Optimax CEO Rick Plympton Named to 2022 Class of Optica Fellows
December 2nd, 2021

Optimax is honored to announce that our CEO, Rick Plympton, has been named to the Class of 2022 Optica Fellows "for innovative and outstanding business leadership and service to the Society." Optica (formerly OSA)'s board of directors elected 106 members from 24 different countries to the Society’s 2022 Class of Fellows in November 2021. According
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

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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

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