Spectrometer maker invests $1.8 million to expand New York operations

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A Florida manufacturer of spectroscopy equipment and other optical technology plans to expand its operations in upstate New York, state and corporate officials said.

Ocean Insight plans to invest nearly $1.8 million to expand its Rochester facility. The project is scheduled to be completed by October, and the company expects to hire an additional 100 people at the expanded facility over the next five years.

Company officials cited the region’s photonics and imaging expertise and resources for the decision to expand.

“The area’s extensive technical resources combined with a diverse and positive community make it a great location for Ocean Insight,” said Michael Edwards, President and CEO of Ocean Insight, in the announcement.

Ocean Insight’s devices measure light and color in a wide range of applications including quality control in mass production, food processing, medical imaging, agriculture, and air and water analysis. Most of its operations are located at its Orlando headquarters.

New York will provide up to $1 million in state tax credits to support the project. City and county governments – along with a local utility and economic development group – will provide additional support.

“Our focused commitment to 21st Century people and jobs means companies like Ocean Insight can continue to grow here – with a pipeline to the critical technical talent they need,” said Hope Knight, President, CEO and Commissioner of the state economy development agency Empire State Development.

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