Vuzix Corp. is expanding its operations in West Henrietta, with a $21 million phased expansion of its existing footprint by up to 40,000 square feet. The project will create 66 jobs over the next four years and retain 94 positions.
The expansion will be in leased space located adjacent to its current Hendrix Road location, to accommodate the addition of multiple new waveguide manufacturing lines.
The company was founded in 1997 and its origins are in the research and development of augmented reality, virtual reality and next-generation head worn defense tactical displays, serving the enterprise, commercial and defense markets.
Vuzix products include personal display and wearable computing devices that offer users a portable high-quality viewing experience and OEM solutions that support custom wearable displays and augmented reality devices.
In addition to its Monroe County location, Vuzix also maintains operations in Oxford in the United Kingdom and in Tokyo, Japan.
Paul Travers, Vuzix president and CEO said, the company’s growing pipeline of OEM business, particularly the interest for its custom optical waveguides for use in third party augmented reality devices, is a leading driver of growth.
ESD is supporting Vuzix with its expansion by providing up to $1 million through the Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit Program in exchange for performance-based job creation commitments. Monroe County, the Town of Henrietta, RG&E and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting the company with the project.
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