Optimax Systems Inc. plans to expand its operations, building a $21.7 million, 60,000 square-foot addition at its existing facility on Dean Parkway in Wayne County. The optics company expects to create 59 jobs over the next five years.

“We are excited that as we grow we can continue to be a part of the great community in Wayne County and do this expansion in New York State. Optimax has made its home in Ontario, N.Y. since 1993, said Mike Mandina, president of Optimax.“This new expansion enables us to build, a state-of-the-art facility that can support our technological and employee growth as the largest high-precision optics manufacturer in the United States.”

Optimax is slated to receive $700,000 through a Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative Grant and up to $1.5 million in tax credits from the state. The expansion project is expected to be complete in 2024.

Founded in 1991, Optimax is involved in a variety of technologies such as fiber optic telecommunications, solid-state lighting, digital photography, displays, and diagnostic medicine. It has worked key programs in aerospace, government research, and defense.