Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Rochester Precision Optics will expand it headquarters in Henrietta and add jobs to the region, it’s all a part of a larger program designed to revitalize the Upstate New York area called Finger Lakes Forward.
RPO is a high-tech manufacturing facility with a clear mission: to design and produce high-precision lenses and optics systems for the medical field, industry, agriculture and defense. RPO already has a large customer base and demand, and they’re growing. The company is looking to double its size in the next five years and that means jobs. Randy Shaw, President of Rochester Precision Optics, says, “The 200 people that we’re forecasting (to hire), I hope is conservative.”
The company’s growth will accommodate two new projects: the relocation of an infrared research and development company recently acquired, as well as the addition of 20,000 square feet at the facility to increase production across RPO’s plastics, glass, coating, diamond turning and IT divisions.
Governor Cuomo says expansion projects like RPO’s are a testament to the unique assets of the region, and places like RPO are transforming the area. Joseph D’Ambrosia, RPO Senior Director of Business & Marketing, says within an hour of Cumo’s official announcement, they began construction on the expansion.
The planned addition at RPO is being supported via a one million dollar Finger Lakes Forward upstate revitalization initiative grant, and up to two million dollars through the Excelsior tax credit program in exchange for job creation commitments.
Shaw says Albany’s boost to RPO is smart, since Rochester is one of the optics capitals in the country. Bottom line, if you have a strong work ethic, and also happen to know about designing and manufacturing optics, RPO is looking for you.
To learn more about careers at Rochester Precision Optics, you can click here: http://www.rpoptics.com/careers
To learn more about the Finger Lakes Forward program, you can click here: https://esd.ny.gov/finger-lakes-forward-uri