Brockport Helps Precision Optical Transceivers Soar to Success
The Rochester Chamber of Commerce named Precision Optical Transceivers the second fastest growing Rochester company in 2018. Precision and Brockport have a deep partnership built to better the college and the company.
Rochester’s second fastest growing company in 2018 has Brockport roots.
Precision Optical Transceivers was recognized on the Rochester Chamber Top 100 list in October. The systems engineering company supplies and programs optical transceivers that send and receive light information over fiber optic cables, which is how cable TV, telephones, and Internet services are provided.
This company “basically started life in Brockport,” said Todd Davis, its chief executive officer.
SUNY Brockport and Precision Optical Transceivers have built a lasting relationship as partners in Start-Up NY, an initiative launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2014 to accelerate entrepreneurialism and job creation across New York State. Accepted companies partner with higher education institutions.
Precision launched in the Village of Brockport in 2013 and joined Start-Up NY in 2015 by partnering with the College. Since then, the company has also partnered with the Rochester Institute of Technology.
As business took off, Precision outgrew its space in the Village. With support from the Brockport Foundation, Start-Up NY approved its move to Eastman Business Park in August of 2017.
In its new home, Precision rapidly grew from seven employees to about 50.
Davis credits the company’s success to good timing and hardworking people — including some Brockport alumni.
“We’ve met all sorts of good people that we've hired through our interactions with Brockport,” Davis said. The company employs about 10 current Golden Eagle alumni, and that number is anticipated to grow.
“Alumni work from finance to production to sales to engineering. They do everything. There is a Brockport alum in every single department here at Precision,” said Mike Dobbins, director of sales for national accounts.
Dobbins started with the company more than six years ago as a junior at Brockport. He met Davis at a career fair and said he could tell that the company was small and tight knit, which appealed to him.
One of Dobbins’ first projects was re-rolling stickers. Today, he’s managing one of the company’s largest accounts. He says working at Precision has been a whirlwind adventure.
“Working at a small company like this, I was able to get well rounded,” Dobbins said. “The more well rounded you can get at a company like Precision, the more you can provide to that company.”
Since 2015, Brockport’s relationship with Precision has grown tremendously, said Mike Andriatch, the College’s vice president for advancement.
Precision’s involvement includes awarding two seniors’ scholarships for their final year, participating in classroom projects, and connecting with students through Career Services. Dobbins supports his alma mater by sitting on its employee advisory board.
“They continue to grow, they continue to use our students and hire our students, and they’ve been very generous,” said Andriatch.
Precision’s generosity includes sponsoring Brockport’s Winter Gala.
Senior Aaron Ritter is working through college at Precision. As an accounting major, Ritter said what he learns in the classroom applies back to work and vice versa.
“It’s one thing to learn it, but it’s another thing to do it,” he said. Other students could have a similar opportunity as the company is willing to take on more interns, Davis said.
Ritter was introduced to Precision through a friend working at the company and started in May of 2017.
“I think working there taught me the importance of who you work around,” said Ritter. “I really enjoy going there every day.”
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