The Northern Pull of Production
1 May 2023
The dominant media narrative around corporate site selection these days may be all about companies moving to the Sunbelt, but don’t tell that to Rick Plympton, CEO of Optimax Systems in Ontario, New York. He recently told Site Selection that there’s no other place he’d choose to build his company than Greater Rochester in Upstate New York.
“Because of the legacy of Rochester and our long technology history, we have more technology innovation than many larger cities do. We have a long history of advanced chemical engineering, optics and photonics,” says Plympton, whose company in 2022 announced a $20 million expansion that adds 50 jobs in precision optics. “We looked at other areas in 2017. We made a conscious decision to double down and expand here.”