ESD Announces Expansion Project at TOPTICA Photonics in Ontario County

Laser Manufacturer Will Add and Retain Close to 30 Jobs at Farmington Facility

April 3, 2018

Investment in Photonics Company Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that photonics and laser manufacturer TOPTICA Photonics, Inc will expand operations at its facility in the Town of Farmington, Ontario County creating up to 10 new, full-time jobs;17 positions will also be retained. In addition to its Finger Lakes location, TOPTICA also maintains operations in Germany, where the company was founded, and in Japan. The expansion, which includes the purchase of new machinery and equipment, is expected to be completed in September of 2020. Supporting the growing photonics industry is a central part of the regionally designed economic development plan Finger Lakes Forward.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The Finger Lakes region has the skilled workforce and innovation-based economy that TOPTICA Photonics needs to grow in New York State. This expansion builds on the region’s leadership as an epicenter for advancement in this high-tech industry.”

TOPTICA Photonics has been developing and manufacturing high-end laser systems for scientific and industrial applications for 20 years. Its portfolio includes diode lasers, ultrafast fiber lasers, terahertz systems and frequency combs. The systems are used for demanding applications in biophotonics, industrial metrology and quantum technology. TOPTICA also provides all wavelength coverage of diode lasers and provides high-power lasers even at exotic wavelengths.

Mark A. Tolbert, TOPTICA Photonics President & CEO said, “We are excited to be continually expanding in the Greater Rochester area and look forward to seeing the continued focus on photonics in our community.  We thank Empire State Development for their efforts.”

ESD is assisting the company with its expansion project by providing up to $340,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job creation commitments. The total cost of the expansion project has been placed at $665,000.

The Finger Lakes region is establishing itself as a global leader in the optics. photonics and imaging industries. Rochester is not only home to AIM Photonics, 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 is cementing itself as the global industry leader, driving economic growth in the region for generations to come as it continues to move forward.

Ontario County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Marren said, “I applaud today’s announcement that TOPTICA will continue to call the County of Ontario home as they expand their facility in the Town of Farmington. TOPTICA’s talented workforce will continue to grow through the support of Empire State Development. I wish to thank TOPTICA and ESD for investing in this expansion that will create jobs, and strengthen our economy!”

Farmington Town Supervisor Peter Ingalsbe said, “TOPTICA is a welcomed addition to Farmington as they now occupy what was an underutilized building. They are providing highly skilled jobs to the Town and County and we are glad to hear of their expansion plans.”

For more information about TOPTICA Photonics, click here.

Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward 
Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $5.2 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in.

Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here.



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