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20.03.2015

Customer Success & Employee Prosperity: Optimax Systems

Optimax Systems, based in Rochester, grew from a struggling startup to a major player in the optics manufacturing sector. Optimax achieves operational excellence by investing in cutting-edge technology, advancing its people, and sharing 25% of monthly profits with employees. Learn more from The Hitachi Foundation's Good Work Blog: http://bit.ly/1EADgdu
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Matt: Maintenance Intern

20.04.2022
Meet Matt, Optimax’s maintenance intern. Matt shares his experience working in our maintenance department and his takeaways from his internship at Optimax’s manufacturing facility. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today

Loudon: Quality Intern

20.04.2022
Meet Loudon, Optimax’s quality intern. Loudon shares his experience working in our quality department and his takeaways from his internship at Optimax’s manufacturing facility. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today

Jonah: Quality Intern

20.04.2022
Meet Jonah, Optimax’s quality intern. Jonah shares his experience working in our quality department and his takeaways from his internship at Optimax’s manufacturing facility. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today

Dan: Purchasing Intern

20.04.2022
Meet Dan, Optimax’s purchasing intern. Dan shares his experience working in our purchasing department and his takeaways from his internship at Optimax’s manufacturing facility. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today

Andi: Marketing Intern

20.04.2022
Meet Andi, Optimax’s marketing intern. Andi shares her experience working in our marketing department and her takeaways from her internship at Optimax’s manufacturing facility. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today

Individual Stories - Mike Pomerantz

09.03.2022
"3 years ago, I started adjunct teaching at MCC...the MCC program is and still has been the only program of its kind in the country." Hear Mike Pomerantz detail how he works with MCC students to teach them about what he's learned over the course of his career at Optimax!

Individual Stories - Tom Hordin

09.03.2022
"It's a fantastic place to grow...it's great to see my dad working here." Click the link below to hear from Tom Hordin, an Optimax employee since 1994, discuss how Optimax has become his family - literally!

Individual Stories - Kevin Bartlett

09.03.2022
"The boys here put together a benefit for me...they raised $14,000 and Optimax matched it." Watch the video below to hear from Optimax employee Kevin Bartlett about his incredible journey with cancer treatment - and how he came out the other side, happy and healthy with help from his Optimax family.

Individual Stories - Jimmy Vankouwenberg

09.03.2022
Optimax employee Jimmy Vankouwenberg describes how his early days in the barn eventually led to the creation of an optics lab at East High!

Individual Stories - Casey Duerr

09.03.2022
"One thing led to another, and I became the 'science outreach guy'...teaching science to kids is very entertaining!" Watch this week's individual story video to hear about how Optimax gives back to its community by creating opportunities for kids to fall in love with science!
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Creating Your Future At Optimax

05.11.2020
Let us take you through the world of optics at Optimax. On this journey, you’ll see how high precision lenses are made and explore more about the processes that go into making these optics that you can find as close as your smartphone and as far as outer space. Creating Your Future at Optimax Optimax builds the optics behind the latest breakthrough technologies in aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics. Optimax reliability has allowed us to become America's largest optics prototype manufacturer. Our unique corporate culture of teamwork, innovation, and agility provides a dynamic work environment. We are looking for individuals that are committed to lifelong learning and creating value through their hard work. https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c... Connect with Optimax Online! Visit Optimaxsi.com: https://www.optimaxsi.com/ Find Optimax on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OptimaxSys... Find Optimax on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/op... #careers​ #manufacturing​ #optics
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Welcome to Optimax - and the world of optics manufacturing

12.11.2020
Meet Pat, your guide, for the journey you are about to take through the world of optics at Optimax. On this journey, you’ll see how high precision lenses are made and explore more about the processes that go into making these optics that you can find as close as your smartphone and as far as outer space. You will also learn more about who Optimax is. Creating Your Future at Optimax Optimax builds the optics behind the latest breakthrough technologies in aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics. Optimax reliability has allowed us to become America's largest optics prototype manufacturer. Our unique corporate culture of teamwork, innovation, and agility provides a dynamic work environment. We are looking for individuals that are committed to lifelong learning and creating value through their hard work. https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c... Connect with Optimax Online! Visit Optimaxsi.com: https://www.optimaxsi.com/ Find Optimax on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OptimaxSys... Find Optimax on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/op... #careers #manufacturing #optics Watch: Creating Your Future at Optimax
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How to manufacture an optic

19.11.2020
As we continue on our journey through the world of optics we are going to explore the beginning of how to manufacture an optic. We start the journey by talking to a number of our opticians and engineers to learn about these processes. Creating Your Future at Optimax Optimax builds the optics behind the latest breakthrough technologies in aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics. Optimax reliability has allowed us to become America's largest optics prototype manufacturer. Our unique corporate culture of teamwork, innovation, and agility provides a dynamic work environment. We are looking for individuals that are committed to lifelong learning and creating value through their hard work. https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c... Connect with Optimax Online! Visit Optimaxsi.com: https://www.optimaxsi.com/ Find Optimax on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OptimaxSys... Find Optimax on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/op... #careers #manufacturing #optics Watch: Creating Your Future at Optimax
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Finishing & Optical Coating

12.02.2021
Now on the optics journey, we are going to talk about some specialty areas in the optics manufacturing process called finishing and coating. Both of these areas require high-end equipment, some of which is made in Rochester, New York. Creating Your Future at Optimax Optimax builds the optics behind the latest breakthrough technologies in aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics. Optimax reliability has allowed us to become America's largest optics prototype manufacturer. Our unique corporate culture of teamwork, innovation, and agility provides a dynamic work environment. We are looking for individuals that are committed to lifelong learning and creating value through their hard work. https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c... Connect with Optimax Online! Visit Optimaxsi.com: https://www.optimaxsi.com/ Find Optimax on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OptimaxSys... Find Optimax on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/op... #careers #manufacturing #optics Watch: Creating Your Future at Optimax
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Optics enable applications that are out of this world

10.12.2020
As we continue on our journey through the optics manufacturing process we are going to talk about where optics go. While traditional optics go in eyeglasses, high precision optics go into some of the most amazing applications out there. Creating Your Future at Optimax Optimax builds the optics behind the latest breakthrough technologies in aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics. Optimax reliability has allowed us to become America's largest optics prototype manufacturer. Our unique corporate culture of teamwork, innovation, and agility provides a dynamic work environment. We are looking for individuals that are committed to lifelong learning and creating value through their hard work. https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c... Connect with Optimax Online! Visit Optimaxsi.com: https://www.optimaxsi.com/ Find Optimax on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OptimaxSys... Find Optimax on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/op... #careers #manufacturing #optics Watch: Creating Your Future at Optimax
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We are Manufacturing the Future - from optics to careers

17.12.2020
For the final part of the journey through the world of optics, let’s talk about how you too can be an optics professional and the advice and opportunities that are out there today. Creating Your Future at Optimax Optimax builds the optics behind the latest breakthrough technologies in aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics. Optimax reliability has allowed us to become America's largest optics prototype manufacturer. Our unique corporate culture of teamwork, innovation, and agility provides a dynamic work environment. We are looking for individuals that are committed to lifelong learning and creating value through their hard work. https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c... Connect with Optimax Online! Visit Optimaxsi.com: https://www.optimaxsi.com/ Find Optimax on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OptimaxSys... Find Optimax on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/op... #careers #manufacturing #optics Watch: Optics Manufacturing Career Stories
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How It's Manufactured Series Premiere

02.09.2020
Optimax is releasing a new YouTube Series called “How It’s Manufactured” to highlight how the optical fabrication process happens. Make sure to subscribe and click the notification bell to be notified next week, when the first video drops. Learn more on www.optimaxsi.com
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Evolution of Freeform Optics

10.09.2020
Optimax's "How It's Manufactured" series takes on the evolution of freeform optics with this video. See how our engineers define what a freeform is, what applications they are used for, and how they went from research to reality. Optimax Freeform Capabilities Customers trust Optimax to create high-quality optics and deliver them fast, and our freeforms are no exception. Designing with freeforms requires fewer elements, lighter weight and increased flexibility for your system. Learn more about Optimax’s freeform fabrication process on our website https://www.optimaxsi.com/capabilit... Visit our Freeform Technical Paper Library https://www.optimaxsi.com/technical... Engineering the Solutions of Tomorrow Optimax is America’s largest optics manufacturer. On the cutting edge of future applications, Optimax implements an engineered solutions approach to help our customers achieve breakthroughs in the aerospace, defense, semiconductor, research, and medical industries. Optimax has a wide range of capabilities to support your programs, including aspheres, cylinders, freeforms, prisms, spheres, and advanced e-beam, APS, IAD, and IBS coatings. Connect with Optimax Online! Visit Optimaxsi.com: https://www.optimaxsi.com/ Find Optimax on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OptimaxSys... Find Optimax on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/op...
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Top Three Things to Know About Freeform Manufacturing

17.09.2020
What are the top three things you need to know about freeform manufacturing? Greg and Tom share their knowledge of working with the optical fabrication of freeforms every day at Optimax. Watch our video to learn the top three things you should know before manufacturing a freeform optic. Optimax Freeform Capabilities Customers trust Optimax to create high-quality optics and deliver them fast, and our freeforms are no exception. Designing with freeforms requires fewer elements, lighter weight and increased flexibility for your system. Learn more about Optimax’s freeform fabrication process on our website https://www.optimaxsi.com/capabilit... Visit our Freeform Technical Paper Library https://www.optimaxsi.com/technical... Engineering the Solutions of Tomorrow Optimax is America’s largest optics manufacturer. On the cutting edge of future applications, Optimax implements an engineered solutions approach to help our customers achieve breakthroughs in the aerospace, defense, semiconductor, research, and medical industries. Optimax has a wide range of capabilities to support your programs, including aspheres, cylinders, freeforms, prisms, spheres, and advanced e-beam, APS, IAD, and IBS coatings. Connect with Optimax Online! Visit Optimaxsi.com: https://www.optimaxsi.com/ Find Optimax on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OptimaxSys... Find Optimax on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/op...
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Optimax Freeform Robots

24.09.2020
Robots are making their presence known, not only in virtual reality, but in manufacturing. Hear from Michael, an engineer at Optimax on how robots are making new strides in optics manufacturing. Optimax Freeform Capabilities Customers trust Optimax to create high-quality optics and deliver them fast, and our freeforms are no exception. Designing with freeforms requires fewer elements, lighter weight and increased flexibility for your system. Learn more about Optimax’s freeform fabrication process on our website https://www.optimaxsi.com/capabilit... Visit our Freeform Technical Paper Library https://www.optimaxsi.com/technical... Engineering the Solutions of Tomorrow Optimax is America’s largest optics manufacturer. On the cutting edge of future applications, Optimax implements an engineered solutions approach to help our customers achieve breakthroughs in the aerospace, defense, semiconductor, research, and medical industries. Optimax has a wide range of capabilities to support your programs, including aspheres, cylinders, freeforms, prisms, spheres, and advanced e-beam, APS, IAD, and IBS coatings. Connect with Optimax Online! Visit Optimaxsi.com: https://www.optimaxsi.com/ Find Optimax on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OptimaxSys... Find Optimax on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/op...
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Manufacturing the Largest Freeform Optic at Optimax

01.10.2020
It might have taken four years, but it was worth every second to create the largest freeform optic at Optimax, called "Big Phil". Hear from Matt, a mechanical engineer at Optimax, who was there for the entire journey of "Big Phil" from drawing to creation. Optimax Freeform Capabilities Customers trust Optimax to create high-quality optics and deliver them fast, and our freeforms are no exception. Designing with freeforms requires fewer elements, lighter weight and increased flexibility for your system. Learn more about Optimax’s freeform fabrication process on our website https://www.optimaxsi.com/capabilit... Visit our Freeform Technical Paper Library https://www.optimaxsi.com/technical... Engineering the Solutions of Tomorrow Optimax is America’s largest optics manufacturer. On the cutting edge of future applications, Optimax implements an engineered solutions approach to help our customers achieve breakthroughs in the aerospace, defense, semiconductor, research, and medical industries. Optimax has a wide range of capabilities to support your programs, including aspheres, cylinders, freeforms, prisms, spheres, and advanced e-beam, APS, IAD, and IBS coatings. Connect with Optimax Online! Visit Optimaxsi.com: https://www.optimaxsi.com/ Find Optimax on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OptimaxSys... Find Optimax on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/op...
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What Applications are Freeform Optics used in?

14.07.2021
Freeform optics have many purposes, but the end applications are literally out of this world, from virtual reality to outer space. Learn how freeform optics are helping drive some of the largest technological advances today, and more about Optimax's involvement. Optimax Freeform Capabilities Customers trust Optimax to create high-quality optics and deliver them fast, and our freeforms are no exception. Designing with freeforms requires fewer elements, lighter weight and increased flexibility for your system. Learn more about Optimax’s freeform optic fabrication process on our website https://www.optimaxsi.com/capabilit... Visit our Freeform Technical Paper Library https://www.optimaxsi.com/technical... Engineering the Solutions of Tomorrow Optimax is America’s largest optics manufacturer. On the cutting edge of future applications, Optimax implements an engineered solutions approach to help our customers achieve breakthroughs in the aerospace, defense, semiconductor, research, and medical industries. Optimax has a wide range of capabilities to support your programs, including aspheres, cylinders, freeforms, prisms, spheres, and advanced e-beam, APS, IAD, and IBS coatings. Connect with Optimax Online! Visit Optimaxsi.com: https://www.optimaxsi.com/ Find Optimax on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OptimaxSys... Find Optimax on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/op...
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Happy Star Wars Day!

04.05.2021
May the 4th be with you! Join us today in celebrating Star Wars day! Hear from Jessica DeGroote Nelson, Director of Technology & Strategy, about the technologies behind the Star Wars blasters.
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Air & Space Exhibit Video

01.04.2021
APRIL FOOLS! Explore our "new" Air & Space exhibit! This new exhibit, housed in the Star Theater of the Strasenburgh Planetarium, pushes the boundaries of air and space showcasing rare specimens not often seen.
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Mars... We Meet Again

29.09.2020
Join Steve Fentress as he guides you through the universe in our newest Virtual Planetarium show.
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Employee Ownership Trusts: An ESOP Alternative | Rick Plympton, Christopher Michael, Sue Crockett

21.09.2020
Today's Topic: Employee Ownership Trusts: An ESOP Alternative Our Speaker: Rick Plympton, Christopher Michael, Sue Crockett Club E will be joined by Sue Crockett, Rick Plympton and Christopher Michael to discuss Employee Ownership Trusts. You can also watch live on our YouTube Channel. Selling to an employee ownership trust (EOT) should be considered as an alternative to an ESOP where the cost of an ESOP is a major consideration, as well as where perpetuity of the employee ownership structure is a major goal. The presentation will also include discussion of wealth accumulation strategies in an EOT, valuation for an EOT sale, choice of EOT trustee, oversight under state trust law, transition of an ESOP to an EOT, and examples of EOT-owned companies. You will come away from this event with the "Why" to use an EOT instead of an ESOP, the "How" to transition to an EOT, and the "Where" to look for further guidance. About our panelists- Rick Plympton: Rick Plympton is the CEO of Optimax, a precision optics manufacturer in Ontario, NY. He has provided leadership and vision over the past 25 years needed to grow Optimax from a small start-up to America’s largest precision optics manufacturer. Rick recently initiated a corporate restructuring to effectively give the corporation to the employees via an EOT. Rick is actively involved in supporting regional workforce development and the optics industry. Rick holds degrees in business administration, computer science, and engineering science from Finger Lakes Community College. He furthered his education at the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science degree in Optics ’87 and an MBA ‘99. Christopher Michael: Chris is responsible for developing the perpetual purpose trust as a new legal mechanism for employee ownership in the United States and has published articles introducing the concept in leading peer-reviewed law journals, including Tax Notes and Probate & Property. He is currently a professor at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations and a senior fellow at the Rutgers Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing. Chris received his BA from Columbia University and earned his JD and PhD at the City University of New York with a dissertation on the history of employee-owned businesses in the United States. He is admitted to practice law in Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, North Dakota, and the District of Columbia, and serves as a consultant for businesses across the country. Sue Crockett: Sue is the Executive Director of the MN Center for Employee Ownership (MNCEO) a non-profit organization created to educate business owners, advisors, community leaders, and members of local and state government entities on the benefits of employee ownership via Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), worker cooperatives, and Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs). It is the mission of the MNCEO to turn the state of Minnesota into a place where every working person can also be an employee owner. THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS Boulay Group, CPA's - https://www.boulaygroup.com/ Irish Titan - https://irishtitan.com/ Highland Bank - https://highland.bank/ Minnesota Sales Institute - https://mnsales.com/ Romain Berg - https://www.romainberg.com/ The Network Connect - https://thenetworkconnect.com/
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Optimax optics on Mars Rover

12.08.2020
Optimax Systems celebrated another success as lenses it produced for the new Mars Rover were launched into space in July.
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A Lens on New Technology in Manufacturing: Optimax

02.01.2020
For some manufacturing workers, AI-based technologies are a greater boon than threat, and the bigger issue is managing constant change in the work environments and responsibilities. Optimax, an optics manufacturer in Ontario, NY, lets us join them on the floor to learn how their employees are working with changing technology to build customized products.
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Advocating for Rochester's Arts and Culture - Episode 46 - In the Spotlight

05.12.2019
Produced through Town of Penfield Television www.penfieldTV.org Hosted by Eric Townell, with guests Dawn Lipson, chair of the Arts and Cultures Council for Greater Rochester Eric Plympton, CEO of Optimax
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Optimax Case Study v 02

31.10.2019
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2018 Business Person of the Year Finalist: Optimax - An On Cue Content video

29.07.2019
Optimax helps its customers prove that great people can do great things with the right technology and support. We leverage our optics manufacturing technology for programs that benefit mankind and projects that defend our freedom. Our know-how, innovation and speed enable quicker production of precision optics to meet emerging market needs. Some of the most sophisticated programs in the world trust Optimax to produce the most complex optics reliably. Since Optimax was founded in 1991, optics have been behind enormous progress in technologies as diverse as fiber optic telecommunications, solid-state lighting, digital photography, displays, and diagnostic medicine. We have worked key programs in aerospace, government research, and defense, and our customers’ successes have fueled our growth.
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Quality Jobs for All: What Would It Take?

13.06.2019
At a time of record low unemployment, the problem we now face is not that people don’t have work, but that they don’t have good work. As the economy booms, low wages, limited benefits, and insecure employment are still the reality for many working people. What will it take to make sure everyone in the United States has quality jobs? The Aspen Institute and Urban Institute have been exploring this issue through different vantage points, to better understand the challenges that we face and the implications for policies and practices that improve job quality. And while the issue of quality jobs is one of national importance, solutions also need to respond to the needs of different places and communities across the country and be inclusive of all, regardless of race, gender, or other factors. Governments at all levels, businesses, civic, labor, and community organizations and more, all have roles to play in addressing the need for quality work. What do we know and what do we need to know so that we can build a world of work in which hard work truly does lead to a dignified living? This conversation will bring together different experiences and perspectives to explore this question. We’ll be featuring a senior researcher from the Urban Institute together with Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellows from business, community development finance, and workforce and policy development who are working to create quality jobs in their communities. Opening remarks: Sarah Keh Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Prudential Financial Speakers: Amanda BlondeauAmanda Blondeau Business Services Director, Northern Initiatives Demetra Nightingale Institute Fellow, Urban Institute Rick Plympton CEO, Optimax Systems Caryn York Executive Director, Job Opportunities Task Force Join the conversation on Twitter by following us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/AspenWorkforce and https://twitter.com/urbaninstitute) and tweeting with the hashtag #talkgoodjobs. Learn more: For more information about this event, visit http://as.pn/qualityjobs. This event is part of the Working in America series, an ongoing discussion series hosted by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program that highlights an array of critical issues affecting low- and moderate-income workers in the United States and ideas for improving and expanding economic opportunities for working people. We are grateful to the Ford Foundation, Prudential Financial, and the Walmart Foundation for their support of this series. For more information, visit http://as.pn/workinginamerica. Learn how the Economic Opportunities Program is helping low- and moderate-income Americans connect to and thrive in a changing economy. Follow us on social media at http://as.pn/eopsocial and join our mailing list at http://as.pn/eopmail to stay up-to-date on events, publications, blog posts, and other announcements.
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#Mastercam Success Story - Optimax Systems

15.05.2019
Learn how Optimax Systems, a manufacturer of world class optics, uses #Mastercam's precision to minimize polishing time as well as keeping the surface as pure as possible.
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2018 Groundbreaking Ceremony

27.12.2018
In 2019, Optimax doubled its size and added 60,000 sq. ft. to its current facility in Ontario, NY. This expansion will make room for more than 59 new jobs in the next five years as part of our dedication to growing our workforce. Learn more here https://www.optimaxsi.com/about-opt...
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Michael Mandina & Richard Plympton- Optimax Systems

22.10.2018
2018 Rochester Business Hall of Fame Laureates October 16, 2018
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Optimax doubling facility in Ontario

26.09.2018
The largest precision optics manufacturer in the  nation is expanding into our backyard.
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Optimax precision optics polishing using MRF® and the Q22-XE from QED Technologies

03.11.2009
Mike Mandina, President of Optimax describes how QED's Q22-XE and MRF® enable Optimax to go after a broader range of business and to fulfill their mission of being the most responsive precision optics manufacturer in the country. Optimax provides rapid prototyping of precision optical components in sizes from 3 to 300mm and quantities of 1 to 100. Specializing in Asphere, Cylinder, Sphere and Plano/Flat optics. All parts are manufactured to customer supplied specifications and final inspection data is included.
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On The Job With Finger Lakes TV

20.10.2017
Finger Lakes TV has launched a new show, called “On the Job with Finger Lakes Television,” to help young people learn more about careers with employers in the Finger Lakes region. The first episode features two women who work at Optimax Systems in Ontario, Wayne County, Jaeden Powers and Genny Kingsley. They talk about the path to their current career and the type of work they do. “On the Job with Finger Lakes Television” is shown every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and every Friday at 8 p.m. on channel 12 or digital 5.12 on the Spectrum cable system in the Finger Lakes region. All Finger Lakes TV content is simultaneously webcast at fingerlakestv.org/live. The show is a collaboration with the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board and Finger Lakes Community College. Finger Lakes Television is an independent public access station based at FLCC’s main campus through an in-kind donation of space and administrative services. The station broadcasts live Canandaigua and Geneva city council meetings, providing hands-on camera opportunities for FLCC students. Finger Lakes TV also records and broadcasts community events such as lectures, concerts and parades as well as national public access programming from NASA and other sources. For more information about Finger Lakes TV, call (585) 785-1623.
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RocGrowth Candids 2017-03-01 * Rick Plympton & Mike Mandina * Optimax Systems

03.02.2020
Our esteemed guests are Rick Plympton and Mike Mandina, CEO and President of Optimax Systems. This optics company is no traditional success story. The website states it well: “We leverage our optics manufacturing technology for programs that benefit mankind and projects that defend our freedom.” Rick and Mike have fostered a corporate culture that empowers and dignifies the 280 people who work there. It’s nothing short of cutting edge…and fun. Rick Plympton, CEO, Optimax Systems Mike Mandina, President, Optimax Systems
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Precision Manufacturing Skills Gap in NY | Mike Mandina, Optimax

15.11.2013
BLU employer Mike Mandina, president of Optimax in Ontario, NY, discusses the challenges of finding skilled workers to fill available positions in his precision optics manufacturing company and his work with partnerships that are creating a pipeline of trained workers to meet industry needs.
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Matt: Maintenance Intern

20.04.2022
Meet Matt, Optimax’s maintenance intern. Matt shares his experience working in our maintenance department and his takeaways from his internship at Optimax’s manufacturing facility. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today
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Loudon: Quality Intern

20.04.2022
Meet Loudon, Optimax’s quality intern. Loudon shares his experience working in our quality department and his takeaways from his internship at Optimax’s manufacturing facility. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today
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Jonah: Quality Intern

20.04.2022
Meet Jonah, Optimax’s quality intern. Jonah shares his experience working in our quality department and his takeaways from his internship at Optimax’s manufacturing facility. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today
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Dan: Purchasing Intern

20.04.2022
Meet Dan, Optimax’s purchasing intern. Dan shares his experience working in our purchasing department and his takeaways from his internship at Optimax’s manufacturing facility. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today
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Andi: Marketing Intern

20.04.2022
Meet Andi, Optimax’s marketing intern. Andi shares her experience working in our marketing department and her takeaways from her internship at Optimax’s manufacturing facility. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today
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Interning During A Pandemic

09.09.2020
The COVID-19 pandemic didn't stop students from being a part of Optimax's team. Hear about who we brought on this summer and what their experiences were like! Visit our career page today to learn more! https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Zoë- Packaging Science Intern

18.05.2020
Meet Zoë, Optimax’s Packaging Science intern. Zoë shares her experience working in our Quality department and her takeaways from her internship at Optimax’s manufacturing facility. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Nick-Coating Engineering Intern

18.05.2020
Meet Nick, Optimax's Coating Engineering intern. Nick discusses what he learned through his different internships over the last three years in different departments. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today! https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Michael- Mechanical Engineering Intern

18.05.2020
Meet Michael, Optimax's Mechanical Engineering intern. Michael discusses lean manufacturing and his takeaways from his manufacturing internship here at Optimax. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today! https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Ben- Manufacturing Intern

18.05.2020
Meet Ben, Optimax's Manufacturing intern. Ben discusses the skills he learned during his manufacturing internship at Optimax. Are you interested in learning more about our internship program? Visit our career page today! https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Optimax Precision Optics Manufacturing Program

10.07.2020
The Optimax Precision Optics Manufacturing (POM) Apprenticeship program was created to prepare technicians for a rewarding, long-term career in precision optics manufacturing. As part of upskilling the workforce in developing optical fabrication technicians, this apprenticeship program will help the industry and Optimax continue to manage and sustain workforce growth. The program consists of a three-year on-the-job training (OJT) rotations throughout all the departments at Optimax to prepare employees with the skills that will help them become productive and technically savvy precision optics manufacturing technicians. Learn more about our program here https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Meet our Apprentice Jeff

10.07.2020
Jeff tells his story about why he joined Optimax's POM Apprenticeship program, including the diverse projects that he will have the ability to work on after training in every department of the company. Learn more about Optimax's Precision Optics Manufacturing Apprenticeship program. https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c... Optimax builds the optics behind the latest breakthrough technologies in aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics. Optimax reliability has allowed us to become America's largest optics prototype manufacturer. Our unique corporate culture of teamwork, innovation, and agility provides a dynamic work environment. We are looking for individuals that are committed to lifelong learning and creating value through their hard work. https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c... Connect with Optimax Online! Visit Optimaxsi.com: https://www.optimaxsi.com/ Find Optimax on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OptimaxSys... Find Optimax on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/op... #careers #manufacturing #optics #apprenticeships
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Meet our Apprentice Travis

10.07.2020
Learn more about Optimax's apprenticeship program from our very first apprentice graduate, Travis. Aspiring opticians are given the opportunity to continue their education while engaging in a hands-on rotational program on the shop floor during their Precision Optics Manufacturing (POM) Apprenticeship. Read more about the opportunities and careers we offer here https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Meet our Apprentice Collin

10.07.2020
Hear how Optimax’s apprentice Collin used his military background to help him through his manufacturing apprenticeship. Optimax’s Precision Optics Manufacturing (POM) Apprenticeship Program allows aspiring opticians to gain knowledge in the field while furthering their education. This includes a rotational program throughout all aspects of the company and taking classes to get their degree. Learn more about the opportunities and careers we offer here https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Training for the Optics Field at Community College

13.01.2019
Jake Thurston likes working with both hand tools and sophisticated equipment in his work in the optics field. He has always liked to design and innovate. He took programs at Monroe Community College that gave him the right skills for a job as an optician, but he thinks people with a variety of job skills in applied sciences, technology or the trades can be good candidates for the optics sector. He works at Optimax as an optician. Learn more. Produced by WXXI for American Graduate: Getting To Work #AmGradROC #AmGrad Explore More Good Jobs at: http://wxxi.org/grad
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“Why I Apprentice”

12.05.2020
Noah started part-time at Optimax as a high schooler and talks about his journey starting the Precision Optics Manufacturing (POM) Apprenticeship journey and why others should consider joining one. Hear more stories about the benefits of engaging in an apprenticeship on our website https://www.optimaxsi.com/optimax-c...
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Optician at Optimax: Being a Maker

15.11.2018
Genny Kingsley tried a variety of jobs out of high school after getting an art degree. Nothing felt right until she started her optician training at Optimax. She takes joy in being a maker and continuing to learn new things. She has options for apprenticeship, on the job training and higher education. She advises that someone could do well in her job out of high school with on the job training to further her career. She loves being creative and the hands-on nature of making products that have value. Learn more. Produced by WXXI for American Graduate: Getting To Work #AmGradROC #AmGrad Explore More Good Jobs at: http://wxxi.org/grad
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Precision Optics Manufacturing Apprentice at Optimax

15.11.2018
Travis Montgomery started working part time at Optimax while going to a BOCES program in high school. He didn't plan on going to college, but when Optimax had a program that would pay for his higher education degree, he decided to take advantage of working and going to school full-time. He is an apprentice in the precision optics manufacturing sector. Learn more. Produced by WXXI for American Graduate: Getting To Work #AmGradROC #AmGrad Explore More Good Jobs at: http://wxxi.org/grad
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New York State Apprenticeship Week Tour 2019

19.11.2019
NYS DOL celebrated Apprenticeship Week 2019 by visiting Registered Apprenticeship programs around the state. Thanks to all who welcomed us with open arms. Together we will continue making New York’s apprenticeship programs the best they can be. #NAW2019 #NationalApprenticeshipWeek
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Women In Manufacturing: Lindsay

16.11.2021
Meet Lindsay, a POM Apprentice who discusses her journey at Optimax as an apprentice - and a first-time parent! In this video, Lindsay offers us a female perspective on working and studying in the manufacturing and trade industries. Create Your Future at Optimax Optimax builds the optics behind the latest breakthrough technologies in aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics. Optimax reliability has allowed us to become America's largest optics prototype manufacturer. Our unique corporate culture of teamwork, innovation, and agility provides a dynamic work environment. We are looking for individuals that are committed to lifelong learning and creating value through their hard work. Connect with Optimax Online! Visit Optimaxsi.com: https://www.optimaxsi.com/ Find Optimax on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OptimaxSys... Find Optimax on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/op... #careers #manufacturing #optics
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Aspheres: Designed to be Made - Advice from a Manufacturer

14.05.2020
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Jessica DeGroote Nelson on Optimax and Optifab

05.06.2019
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2017 FIO + LS Exhibitor Video - Optimax Systems Inc

21.09.2017
Rick Plympton, Optimax Systems Inc., provides an overview of the Optimax products on display at FIO17, and explains why photonics companies should come to conference.
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2019 FiO+LS Exhibitor: Tori Uthe of Optimax Systems Inc.

22.07.2020
Tori Uthe, marketing communications manager at Optimax Systems Inc., describes the work of her company and how they get unique value by attending FiO + LS and the connections it offers.
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EPIC Online Technology Meeting on Next Steps Fast Growing Freeform Optics Applications

17.03.2021
Freeform optics manufacturing is now a leading industry in the fields of Light shaping, luxury designs, automotive lighting, wearables devices, communication, space optics and even medical technologies. In this meeting, we will have an overview of the ever-growing applications of freeform optics and challenges the supply chain from designers to volume production industrials. Register at: https://www.epic-assoc.com/epic-onl... We would like to thank the following companies for sponsoring the meeting: asphericon https://www.asphericon.com/en/ Zemax https://www.zemax.com/ EVG https://www.evgroup.com/ Son-x www.son-x.com Optimax https://www.optimaxsi.com NIL Technology https://www.nilt.com/ In media partnership with: PhotonicsViews https://www.photonicsviews.com/ AZO Optics https://www.azooptics.com/ Electro Optics https://www.electrooptics.com/ Moderators: Jose Pozo, CTO at EPIC https://www.linkedin.com/in/josepoz... Sana Amairi-Pyka, Project Leader Optical Technologies at EPIC https://www.linkedin.com/in/sanapyk... Speakers: (00:11:50) Jessica DeGroote Nelson, Director of Technology and Strategy at Optimax Systems https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica... (00:26:36) Taras Lisouski, CEO at EssentOptics https://www.linkedin.com/in/taras-l... (00:39:31) Alexander Halterman, Director of Technical Program Development at Quartus Engineering https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexand... (00:55:55) Roy McBride, Managing Director at PowerPhotonic https://www.linkedin.com/in/roy-mcb... (1:09:05) Rolando Ferrini, Managing Director at PHABULOuS Pilot Line https://www.linkedin.com/in/rolando... (1:18:21) Daniela Karthaus, Head of Technology & Innovation Lighting – Rearlamps at HELLA https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-dani... (1:32:47) Roland Geyl, VP Business Development at Safran https://www.linkedin.com/in/roland-... (1:56:07) Martin Eibelhuber, Deputy Business Development at EV Group https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-mart... Attendees: a full list of the attendees can be found here https://www.epic-assoc.com/epic-onl... Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/EPICPhoto... Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/EPICassoc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ep... Upcoming LIVE meetings: https://www.epic-assoc.com/epic-eve...
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Meet Big Phil- Optimax's Largest Freeform Optic

14.07.2021
Meet Big Phil, Optimax's largest freeform optic to date. Click the link below to learn more about how Optimax overcame challenges associated with the size and complex shape of the optic to fabricate their largest freeform optic to date. https://go.optimaxsi.com/pushing-fr... Optimax Freeform Capabilities Customers trust Optimax to create high-quality optics and deliver them fast, and our freeforms are no exception. Designing with freeforms requires fewer elements, lighter weight and increased flexibility for your system. https://www.optimaxsi.com/capabilit... Engineering the Solutions of Tomorrow Optimax is America’s largest optics manufacturer. On the cutting edge of future applications, Optimax implements an engineered solutions approach to help our customers achieve breakthroughs in the aerospace, defense, semiconductor, research, and medical industries. Optimax has a wide range of capabilities to support your programs, including aspheres, cylinders, freeforms, prisms, spheres, and advanced e-beam, APS, IAD, and IBS coatings. Connect with Optimax Online! Visit Optimaxsi.com: https://www.optimaxsi.com/​ Find Optimax on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OptimaxSys... Find Optimax on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/op...
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