Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Aug. 7.
Rochester Chamber member Optimax Systems Inc., an optics manufacturer, plans to expand its operations in the Town of Ontario, Wayne County. The company will construct a $21.7 million, 60,000 square-foot addition at its existing facility on Dean Parkway. The expanded operations, with support from Empire State Development, will allow Optimax Systems to raise the bar when it comes to supplying optics for its customers and will help the company solidify its brand and credibility in the worldwide optics manufacturing community. As a result of its continued growth, the company plans to create 59 new jobs over the next five years; 291 positions will be retained. The expansion project is expected to be completed in 2024.
Optimax Systems, Inc. President Mike Mandina said, "We are excited that as we grow we can continue to be a part of the great community in Wayne County and do this expansion in New York State. Optimax has made its home in Ontario, N.Y. since 1993. Constructing this new expansion enables us to build, a state-of-the-art facility that can support our technological and employee growth as the largest high precision optics manufacturer in the United States. We'd like to thank Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for their support and assistance enabling us to reinvest in upstate New York and build on Optimax’s growing success.”
In order to encourage Optimax Systems to expand in the Finger Lakes, ESD is providing $700,000 through a Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative Grant and up to $1.5 million in Excelsior Tax Credits a in return for job creation commitments. retention of hundreds of existing jobs. The total project cost is $21.7 million.
Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “New York State’s strategic investments have supported the Finger Lakes Region’s growth as an optics, photonics and imaging hub and our commitment to workforce development and 21st century jobs means that companies like Optimax Systems can continue to grow here, with a pipeline to the tech talent they need.”
Optimax Systems, Inc., founded in 1991, has been ahead of the curve in progress in technologies as diverse as fiber optic telecommunications, solid-state lighting, digital photography, displays, and diagnostic medicine. They have worked key programs in aerospace, government research, and defense.
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