News and Events

2017 State of the county address

May 2017 – JML is honored to have our growth and leadership recognized by County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo in the State of the County 2017 address!

JML at Photonics West

February 2017 – It was another sunny day in San Francisco as JML Optical Industries, LLC (JML) spent the day at the 2017 Photonics West trade show. Hope everyone had a chance to stop by our booth!


 JML at Industry Day

January 2017 – JML Optical Industries, LLC (JML) spent the day at Industry Day at the 2017 SHOT show. Hope everyone had a chance to stop by our booth and meet Mike and Chris!


October 31, 2016 – JML Optical Industries, LLC (JML) hosted Congresswoman Louise Slaughter for a tour of its state of the art facilities today. “Congresswoman Slaughter has been a tireless advocate for the Rochester Photonics Industry, and continues to work on our behalf in Washington,” noted JML CEO Bob Bicksler. “We are thrilled to welcome her here today.” see the full press release


JML Optical and Community Leaders Celebrate the Commissioning of JML’s New Rapid Cylinder Manufacturing Cell

JML Optical Continues Growth and Expands Operational Capabilities for Third Time in Two Years

October 5, 2016 – JML Optical Industries, LLC (JML) today announced the commissioning of a state of the art high speed CNC engineered cylinder fabrication business unit. This new unit is the result of continued strong demand for its products. JML’s employee base has expanded by more than 15% over the past two years and continues to explore ways to support an ever increasing highly technical customer base. see the full press release


 JML Acquires Harold Johnson Labs

October 21, 2014 – JML Optical today announced it has acquired the operating assets of Harold Johnson Optical Laboratories, Inc. (HJOL).  Based in Gardena, California, HJOL manufactures custom optics in prototype and production volume quantities. It serves customers in the defense, industrial, medical and research industries in the US and globally.  see the full press release


3rd Annual Summer Celebration2014 Picnic Collage

We recognized the successes of the past year by celebrating the people that make, inspect, assemble and deliver the optics that our customers count on for their product and program success.

These are the folks that fuel our drive for continuous improvement in the quality and timely delivery of custom optics.

To help show their appreciation, the management team worked the grills.

Thanks to all the great people at JML for your commitment and your dedication to serving customers.

2014 J. P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

The Dream Team

JML at JP Morgan 2014-Cropped

There were a record number of JMLers participating in this year’s Rochester edition of the Corporate Challenge.   We were among the 11,000 total participants in the 3.5 mile race that contributed to an extremely worthwhile cause – the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection.

JML Optical’s New Prototype Capability Shortens Lead Time

QuickTurn Optics™ delivers custom optical assemblies in 4 weeks

QTO CroppedJML Optical recently launched QuickTurn Optics™, a rapid prototyping capability for custom optical assemblies and components.  Customers can now have custom optical assemblies in as little as 4 weeks compared to a normal lead time of 10-12 weeks and custom component optics in 3 weeks (or less) compared to the typical 8-10 weeks.   read the entire article

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JML Increases Capacity and Capability with OptiPro CNC Equipment

We continue to invest in order to keep up with our customers’ increasing demands for precision optics.

Igor Yashchenko (JML Optical), Steve Burton (JML Optical), Adam Dunn (OptiPro) and Pat Bechtold (OptiPro) with the two OptiPro machines recently installed at JML Optical.

The addition of Optipro’s eSX 150 CNC Optical Grinder and ePX 200 CNC High Speed Spherical Polisher provide a number of significant improvements:

  • reduce cycle time by up to 30%
  • achieve tighter surface specifications
  • edge optics at the same time they are polishing without breakdown and set-up
  • polish steeper radius optics

View the JML Optical/OptiPro press release.

Learn more about how we’ve helped 1,000s of custom optics customers and how our experience will help make your program successful. Contact us to get started today.