ROCHESTER, N.Y.– Syntec Optics, an advanced manufacturing company privately owned by Boston entrepreneur Al Kapoor, announced the completion of its move for three separate facilities in various locations in New York State to City of Rochester, the company said in a statement.
Karen Altman, who recently retired as Manager of Business Development after 26 years of service, said: “We are fortunate to have Syntec Optics in Rochester and welcome a Boston entrepreneur to create new jobs and make great things happen for our City.”
Rochester lost many job in Kodak’s failure to capture the ubiquitous adoption of smart phone photography. However, White House’s recognition of the importance of Optics and Photonics for America to be competitive globally, and role of areas like Rochester, is providing a boost, the statement said.
“Syntec Optics is making American manufacturing globally competitive again. The move enables global customers to now benefit from a vertically integrated supply chain and quicker product development cycles”, said Kapoor, who loves the optics talent Kodak and Bausch & Lomb helped create over many decades in Rochester.
Kapoor continues to invest and encourage Syntec Optics to be an industry pioneer. He founded Syntec Optics and its affiliates immediately after his graduation from Harvard Business School in 1997 and was later able to buyout his outside institutional investors. Syntec’s pioneering plastic optics assemblies and components are used in defense missiles and night vision goggles, medical detection of disease, and consumer virtual reality.
Syntec Optics is North America’s largest polymer optics assembly and opto-mechanical component provider. Renovation and development of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility more than 85,000 sq. ft. in size, built on over 7 acres of land, allowed co-location of its polymer optics & optics assembly division with its optical mold, diamond turning optics, and optical coating division. Syntec’s affiliated opto-mechanicals division called Wordingham Technologies was also co-located. Offering from all divisions can now be combined at the same location to make plastic optics assemblies for the full light spectrum.
“The consolidation has created powerful synergies for our cross-functional talent. This combined capability allows us to quickly assess and solve incredible difficult problems, creatively under one roof” said Steven Polvinen, President of Syntec Optics.