Monthly Archives: August 2013

Congratulations Optimax!

Our May 2013 Business of the Month, Optimax, announces expansion

ONTARIO, N.Y., August 26, 2013 – Optimax has completed a new optical coating facility that is the third and final phase of a $10 million project that has created more than 50 jobs.Optimax Coating PR 8_26_13

“This enhances our capacity to support production and increases the offerings we can bring to the market,” said Rick Plympton, CEO, Optimax.

The new 4,000-square-foot coating expansion houses eight optical coating chambers, three environmental testing chambers and can manufacture optical coatings for wavelengths from 193nm to 6000nm and diameters up to 500mm.

Optimax now has the capability to precision clean, coat and test optics and offer, DUV through Mid-IR coatings, high laser damage threshold coatings for pulsed and CW applications, uniform coatings for fast surfaces and large diameters, shift free coatings, low coating stress for improved wavefront control.

For more information on their coating expansion and advanced capabilities, click here.

About Optimax

Optimax (http://www.optimaxsi.com/) is America’s largest optics prototype manufacturer. With more than 20 years of experience and over 200 employees creating optics for aerospace, display technologies, solar applications, semiconductor and medical and military instruments. Optimax is headquartered in Ontario, N.Y.

For more information contact Tori Uthe, Communications Specialist, Optimax, 585-217-0766 or tuthe@optimaxsi.com

Spotlight On…

Finger Lakes Works. . . with their hands! 

Our 8th annual event is scheduled for Thursday, October 3, 2013!

Finger Lakes Works…with their hands! is a Skilled Trades and Advanced Manufacturing career exploration event. Every year several hundred students and school personnel from Finger Lakes high schools attend this exciting event. More than 47 businesses, trade unions, colleges and organizations will provide hands on demonstrations and activities for the students including welding, nail driving competitions, engineering skills, vineyard trellis building, bricklaying, electrical wiring, the actual operation of heavy equipment and much much MORE!

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In addition to Careers in Construction and Skilled Trades, students can learn about Advanced Manufacturing and Alternative Energy. This is a great way to learn more about career and educational opportunities in our Finger Lakes area.

This year’s Finger Lakes Works…with their hands! is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Generations Bank, as well as numerous local businesses and organizations that donate their staff, equipment and services to help make this the highly anticipated event that it is year after year!

For more information contact FLWWTH Event Coordinator: Pat Gopen, pgopen@fingerlakesworks.com

Business of the Month for August 2013

Absolute Precision, LLC

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB) announced today that the August Business of the Month is Absolute Precision, LLC located in Wolcott, New York. Absolute Precision, LLC has been serving its customers with exceptional quality CNC machining for 25 years.This honor is bestowed in recognition of the partnerships developed between the company and the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, the Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise and the company’s contribution to the local economy as well as their efforts to promote the FLWIB’s mission, vision and activities throughout the region.

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Jeannie and Bryan Brockmyre, owners of Absolute Precision, after they received their award.

Absolute Precision, LLC is a manufacturer of precision metal and plastic components for several industries including Energy, Aerospace and Defense, and Fluid Control. They specialize in exotic metals and high temp alloys such as Inconel, Titanium and Hastaloy. Owners Jeannie and Bryan Brockmyre have been in business for twenty five years and relocated their business to Wayne County three years ago.  Both Jeannie and Bryan are active members of several professional and community organizations including the Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME).  Jeannie is a member of FAME’s Executive and Pipeline Committees and has a passion and commitment to the education system to help young people become college and career ready.

“Absolute Precision and the Brockmyres are a great example of a small family owned business committed to their community and to the Finger Lakes”, said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc. “Small businesses are the backbone of our regional economy and very often go unnoticed for their contributions.  We are very fortunate to have Absolute Precision and the Brockmyre’s here in the Finger Lakes.”

For more information on Absolute Precision visit http://www.absoluteprecisioncnc.com

Spotlight On…

Evin Tylenda

Evin is a 2013 graduate of North Rose Wolcott High School and attended the Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES Welding and Machining Program.  He was invited to a presentation at his school on the Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways Grant and even though he was not interested in continuing his formal education post high school, Evin realizes he made the right decision to attend that meeting.  This is where he met Jeannie Brockmyre, owner of the Wolcott based company Absolute Precision, LLC and our August Business of the month.003

Jeannie provided the employer perspective of what she was looking for in her employees and Evin realized he would like to work there.  After the formal presentation, Evin introduced himself to Ms. Brockmyre and this chance meeting resulted in an internship for Evin at Absolute Precision.  Jeannie and her husband Bryan were very impressed with Evin’s skill set and work ethic and the day before his internship ended, they offered Evin a full time job at the company after graduation.  They continue to be pleased with his performance.

Evin really enjoys working in his community and when asked what do you like best about your job he replied, “My bosses, co-workers and milkshake Fridays.  Congratulations Evin!