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We are a world leader in high precision optical manufacturing, delivering custom optics to a wide range of innovators around the globe. Meeting these goals demands the right people. Teamwork, adaptability, and an enthusiastic approach to problem-solving are central to the Optimax culture. But what unites all our employees best is a hunger to continuously learn. We strive to find driven individuals who are committed to lifelong learning; who will continue to add value in their work throughout long and successful careers.



Rick Plympton


Rick Plympton began his career at Optimax in 1995 managing the sales and marketing activities as well as the QA department.

“Fun-loving CEO demands precision”



Power Lists highlight people who are working to make an impact in Rochester helping continue to move the community forward and grow into the best it can be. Optimax CEO …

The dominant media narrative around corporate site selection these days may be all about companies moving to the Sunbelt, but don’t tell that to Rick Plympton, CEO of Optimax Systems …

The National Skills Coalition annual conference on the 2023 Skills in the States Forum this November features Optimax CEO Rick Plympton on a panel about “What Workers Want From Skills …

Thanks to WCNY for coming out to visit Optimax and feature our new 50,000 sq. ft. expansion and continuing growth in the western NY region in the series “On The …

“As soon as the Chips Act went through in 2022, we knew it was important to keep hiring and keep expanding the building,” said Rick Plympton, CEO of Optimax, the …

Listen to this podcast from Nextcorps featuring Optimax CEO, Rick Plympton, talk about building Optimax, from starting in a barn to an empowering team culture and the path forward for …

February 2023- CEO of Optimax Systems in Ontario, NY was named to the Rochester Business Journal Power 100. This 3rd annual list is compiled from local and regional “power players” …

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 …

CHIPS (Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors) and Science Act. One region in Upstate New York appears to have figured it out. Rick Plympton, CEO of Optimax Systems in Ontario, …

In this episode, we talk with Rick Plympton and Lynn Fried from the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, also known as Finger Lakes Works.

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 …

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 …

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

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.

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

“Rick’s diverse and wide-ranging experiences will offer meaningful contributions to our Board,” said CNB President and CEO Frank H. Hamlin, III.

Optimax’s mission of ensuring customer success and employee prosperity drives its job quality approach, including good benefits, profit sharing, and continuous learning.

Yesterday, Rick and Mike received the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award. This award is given out by RIT's Saunders College of Business to an individual or business that has …

Rick Plympton was honored to be selected to join the Aspen Institutes Job Quality Fellowship for the 2018-2019 class.

Rick Plympton and Mike Mandina have been nominated as finalists for the Rochester Small Business Council Business Person of the Year Award.

In 2012, Mike Mandina and Rick Plympton, Optimax Systems leaders, were awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration's 2012 New York State Small Business Person of the Year Award.

RocGrowth Candids—a bimonthly gathering of local entrepreneurs to share their lessons learned—will hold an event March 1 featuring Optimax Systems Inc.’s CEO Rick Plympton and President Mike Mandina.

The RRPC Leadership Award recipient for 2016 is Rick Plympton, CEO of Optimax Systems, for working with fellow members and the community to promote the Rochester Region's Optics, Photonics and …

“We’re on an aggressive growth path,” said Plympton.

At Photonics West 2014 ,seven top executives from photonics and optics companies offered insights on current trends and future opportunities in the industry during the panel session on “Executive Perspectives …

This Rochester Business Journal article speaks of Rick Plympton's philosophy and career objectives to promote optics that benefit mankind – and have fun doing it.

Rick Plympton, CEO, and Mike Mandina, President, Optimax Systems were awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2012 New York State Small Business Person of the Year award. The SBA award …

A master's degree in business administration offers personal and professional benefits to those whove earned them and their co-workers. – An RBJ interview including Mike Mandina and Rick Plympton



Lens design software analyzes optical tolerances by modeling a perturbed optical system to capture the effect of simultaneous changes in manufacturing and alignment errors.

This paper briefly tells the story of the importance of metrology in optics fabrication at Optimax, and highlights Wyko and Jim Wyant’s contribution to early Optimax success.

OptiDomes act as a standard for metrology testing of various testing methods for measuring the surface quality, mechanical attributes and/or the transmitted wave-front error of hemispherical/spherical domes.

Aluminum oxynitride (ALON™) spans from the UV to the IR and has excellent ballistic characteristics and is used to improve quality in manufacturing. 

There are two main paths for tolerancing spherical radii: power tolerance and linear radius tolerance. Both measure change relative to a nominal value, but the metrology used is the key …



  • Optics and Electro – Optics Standards Council
  • NY Photonics
  • FLCC
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Arizona


Rick holds degrees in business administration, computer science, and engineering science from Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC). He furthered his education at the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science degree in optics and an MBA.


Rick sits on the Board of the Optics and Electro-Optics Standards Council and the NY Photonics Board. He also works with colleges and universities to strengthen the optics workforce. He is currently on the FLCC Foundation Board, University of Rochester Hajim School of Engineering Advisory Committee, and the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Development Board.

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