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Old 06-28-2013, 01:32 PM
 
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What a shame! Lots of jobs lost and a blow to the community. No wonder people are moving away.

http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2012...el-cell-plant/

"The upstate economy took another significant blow today as General Motors announced it will close its fuel cell plant in Honeoye Falls, just south of Rochester.The decision means the 220 salaried employees who worked in the research and development facility won’t be employed in the area. The company said most of the employees will be offered the opportunity to transfer to the Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters in Pontiac, Mich., theDemocrat and Chronicle reports.“This decision has significant business advantages for the company,”said Kim Carpenter, GM spokeswoman.“For example, it will enable GM to capitalize on synergies with the rest of the powertrain and vehicle organizations. The majority of the GM employees will be offered the option to relocate in Michigan.”The news comes after Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced just last week that it military completions center in Big Flats, Chemung County, at year’s end—a loss of 570 jobs.The Honeoye Falls facility had for years been hailed as a prospective boom for the Rochester area and a linchpin to its innovation economy. But the facility appeared to struggle as questions rose about the potential for hydrogen-powered vehicles.Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made reviving the upstate economy his top initiative, but the two latest factory closures are a hit to that message.Still, the newspaper reported that Carpenter said the business environment in New York compared to the environment in Michigan was not a factor in the decision."
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:30 PM
 
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Yet again something from last year. Can't find anything within the last 2 or 3 months to complain about?
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:26 PM
 
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RIT and Delphi (GM) both also still have Fuel Cell research operations ongoing. There also are more companies at the old Kodak Park, including possibly a statewide hub for energy storage.

Also at Kodak Park has a lot of solar technology going on. It turns out that the same thin film that photographic film is based on may have given scientists a very efficient way to manufacture solar array's
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:17 PM
 
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RIT and Delphi (GM) both also still have Fuel Cell research operations ongoing. There also are more companies at the old Kodak Park, including possibly a statewide hub for energy storage.

Also at Kodak Park has a lot of solar technology going on. It turns out that the same thin film that photographic film is based on may have given scientists a very efficient way to manufacture solar array's
Very interesting since film for photography has gone to join the dinosaurs. Nice to see it used for something new and innovative!
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:47 AM
 
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More bad job news with B&L leaving Rochester. B&L leaving Rochester

Most of the University of Rochester professors encourage their PhD students to go elsewhere for their post-doc. It is sad to see people leaving Rochester because of the depressed economy and weather.
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Old 08-01-2013, 02:24 PM
 
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What a shame! Lots of jobs lost and a blow to the community. No wonder people are moving away.

http://polhudson.lohudblogs.com/2012...el-cell-plant/

"The upstate economy took another significant blow today as General Motors announced it will close its fuel cell plant in Honeoye Falls, just south of Rochester.The decision means the 220 salaried employees who worked in the research and development facility won’t be employed in the area. The company said most of the employees will be offered the opportunity to transfer to the Global Powertrain Engineering Headquarters in Pontiac, Mich., theDemocrat and Chronicle reports.“This decision has significant business advantages for the company,”said Kim Carpenter, GM spokeswoman.“For example, it will enable GM to capitalize on synergies with the rest of the powertrain and vehicle organizations. The majority of the GM employees will be offered the option to relocate in Michigan.”The news comes after Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced just last week that it military completions center in Big Flats, Chemung County, at year’s end—a loss of 570 jobs.The Honeoye Falls facility had for years been hailed as a prospective boom for the Rochester area and a linchpin to its innovation economy. But the facility appeared to struggle as questions rose about the potential for hydrogen-powered vehicles.Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made reviving the upstate economy his top initiative, but the two latest factory closures are a hit to that message.Still, the newspaper reported that Carpenter said the business environment in New York compared to the environment in Michigan was not a factor in the decision."
It really is ashame, Rochester is a great City! You will recover, you have the people and resources that will make it happen. I have a lot of friends in Rochester who are still there and would not leave, I have noticed that some are returning on this forum.

Syracuse (my hometown) went through this years ago, Carrier, Fischer Guide, New Process Gear, General Electric, etc. and much like Rochester the biggest employers now are SU, SUNY Upstate, SUNY ESF, hospitals, non-profits and (yes) Wegmans which is at least based in Rochester. There are some small to mid-sized companies like Welch Allyn, Tessy Plastics, SRC, Chobani's (close by), OBrien and Gere, etc. that are growing, but they pale to the size of the Carrier's and Kodak's of yesteryear. Syracuse's economy has certainly transformed itself though (particularly meds, eds, tourism, to some degree tech.), but it would be nice to have all those companies back again.

Btw, we live in Florida (its not that great down here either) and watch those New York Open for Business tv spots, we laugh our a&& off!

Good luck Rochester, you have a bright future!
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:25 PM
 
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What I can't understand is why many of the border cities including Buffalo, Rochester and Detroit are very slow in capitalizing on cross-border trade with Canada unlike the Texas cities bordering Mexico.
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:01 PM
 
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For a more optimistic take, touting Rochester's resiliency, see Rochester's Rise Amid Kodak's Demise - TheStreet
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Old 08-03-2013, 07:32 PM
 
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Yep...very true. People focus so much on "the big three" and the decline of their prominence over the past few decades, yet it is truly remarkable how resilient the area's economy has been during that period. The reality of the situation is that Kodak, Xerox, and B&L "faded"...while in Detroit, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, etc....the auto and steel industries CRASHED. Rochester's economy was able to absorb those who were slowly let go from the big three in start-up companies that have popped up as the larger ones shrank. There was never the sudden loss of HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of jobs overnight as there was in the steel and auto oriented cities which is much harder to recover from.

The economy here certainly isn't booming and neither is the population; but as that article as well as the numbers from the census and BLS point out...this area is still at it's peak population and jobs have still grown over that period of time. The same cannot be said for many other cities that were formerly dependent on heavy industry.
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