Governor Cuomo Announces Rochester Precision Optics to Bring More Than 200 New Jobs to Monroe County With Expansion

Optics Manufacturer to Add More Than 20,000 Square-Feet to Existing Facility in the Town of Henrietta

December 4, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that optics manufacturer Rochester Precision Optics will expand its headquarters in the Town of Henrietta, Monroe County, adding more than 200 new jobs to the region. The company's growth will accommodate two new projects—the relocation of an infrared research and development company from Florida acquired by Rochester Precision Optics in May, as well as the addition of 20,000 square-feet at the facility to increase production across the company's plastics, glass, coating, diamond turning and IT divisions. During the expansion, Rochester Precision Optics will retain the 275 jobs currently held at the John Street site.

"By actively engaging with the private sector and incentivizing growth, companies like Rochester Precision Optics continue to expand their operations in New York, strengthening regional economies and creating good-paying jobs across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "This expansion project is a testament to the unique assets of the Finger Lakes and to the Finger Lakes Forward plan which is fostering innovation and transforming the region."

"We are continuing to strengthen the economy of the Finger Lakes with the expansion of Rochester Precision Optics," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "It's clear that this region is being recognized as a leader around the world in photonics and other high-tech industries thanks to our focus on growth and innovation. With this investment, we are bolstering New York's reputation as a great place to do business, and creating high-quality jobs for Upstate New York."

The planned expansion is being supported through a $1 million Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative Grant, and up to $2 million through the Excelsior Tax Credit Program in exchange for job creation commitments. The project is expected to be completed in late 2021. Monroe County and Greater Rochester Enterprise also assisted with this project. The total project cost is more than $20.4 million.

Read the full press release here.