Governor Hochul Announces Ocean Insight to Expand Operations in Monroe County Creating up to 100 New Jobs

June 8, 2022

Photonics Product Manufacturing Company Will Expand Village Gate Location in the City of Rochester

Investment Complements "Finger Lakes Forward" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that Ocean Insight, a spectroscopic systems developer and manufacturer, is ready to expand its Monroe County operations and committing to creating up to 100 new jobs over the next five years. Ocean Insight cited the significant resources and expertise available in the Finger Lakes region related to photonics and imaging as reasons for the expansion. While the bulk of the company's operations are in Orlando, Florida where it is headquartered, the project will see the company expand its current manufacturing space in its Village Gate location in the City of Rochester to better meet customer needs. Now underway, Ocean Insight expects the building expansion at the Anderson Avenue site to be completed in by October 2022.

"Ocean Insight's incredible expansion in the Finger Lakes will only add to the region's momentum as a destination for high-tech business and innovation," Governor Hochul said. "Even more importantly, this expansion will continue to accelerate job growth throughout the region, which remains laser-focused on the industries of tomorrow. Through strategic partnerships with companies like Ocean Insight, New York is continuing to revitalize our economy by attracting businesses to develop and expand across the state."

Ocean Insight's equipment can measure both light and color and is used in a wide range of applications, including high-volume production quality control, medical imaging, food and agriculture, and air and water analysis.

Ocean Insight's President and CEO Dr. Michael Edwards said, "The Rochester and greater Finger Lakes region is the perfect place to expand our Applied Systems business unit. The deep technical resources of the area combined with a diverse and positive community make it a great location for Ocean Insight. We thank the Governor and the State of New York, Monroe County, and the City of Rochester for supporting our expansion in New York State."

Empire State Development is providing up to $1 million through the Excelsior Tax Credit Jobs program in exchange for the performance-based job creation commitments. The company plans to invest almost $1.8 million to expand at their Village Gate location and purchase new machinery and equipment. Monroe County, the City of Rochester, RG & E and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting with the company's growth in the region.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Hope Knight said, "New York State's strategic investments have helped establish the Finger Lakes region as a visionary optics, photonics and imaging hub. Our focused commitment to workforce development and 21st century jobs means that companies like Ocean Insight can continue to grow here, with a pipeline to the critical tech talent they need."

The Finger Lakes region is world-renowned in the light-based manufacturing field. Not only is it home to the AIM Photonics Testing, Assembly and Packaging facility (TAP), but to the University of Rochester's Institute of Optics, the Rochester Institute of Technology and to over 100 local optics, photonics and imaging companies. With the workforce, technology base and support network in place, the region continues to cement itself as the global industry leader, driving economic growth and creating opportunity for generations to come thanks to the commitment of companies like Ocean Insight.

Read the full press release here.