The NASA Mars rover Curiosity, which reached its destination 30 days ago, was made possible in part thanks to the good folks at Optimax Systems, one of our Pioneer Employers. A leading optics company based in Ontario, NY, Optimax contributed many of the high-quality lenses used in the rover's cameras and scientific instruments. So this panoramic photo of Mars' Glenelg site, published yesterday by the Christian Science Monitor
may very well have been taken using Optimax lenses.
This summer has been good for Optimax in other ways as well. In May, CEO Rick Plympton and President Mike Mandina received the New York State Small Business Person of the Year Award from the US Small Business Administration. The company continues to grow quickly, making the Inc. 5000 list for the third time, with 3-year growth of 45%, and adding 43 new high-quality jobs. And according to an interview with Mandina in today's Washington Post, they're still growing - and still hiring.
Congratulations to Optimax!