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Empire State Development announces Grand Opening

Wednesday, August 30, 2017  
Posted by: Denise Sheehan
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EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING OF KODAK CELL ASSEMBLY CENTER AT EASTMAN BUSINESS PARK   New Center Expands Rochester Region Resources for Development and Manufacturing of Innovative Batteries and Other Energy Storage Technologies Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy   Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the opening of the Kodak Cell Assembly Center at Eastman Business Park (EBP) in Rochester, Monroe County. The Kodak Cell Assembly Center, created in partnership with the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST), is a valuable addition to the Finger Lakes region’s product development and manufacturing resources for advanced batteries and energy storage devices. The project will result in the creation of at least nine direct jobs by 2019, while adding valuable new capabilities at EBP and helping to attract more new business to the 1,200-acre campus and the Finger Lakes Region.    Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The Kodak Cell Assembly Center further establishes New York State, and the Finger Lakes in particular, as a world-class hub for the energy storage technology industry. The partnership with NY-BEST will help to provide valuable resources to the companies, researchers and entrepreneurs working to innovate and improve energy storage and advanced battery technologies.”   The Kodak Cell Assembly Center (the Center) completes an ecosystem of three core processes for energy storage manufacturing, providing coating, assembly, and testing all in one location. The facility allows for design and development from small to large-scales. This energy storage hub will serve to support New York State goals for sustainable energy, which require new energy storage solutions such as solar and wind power.    President of Eastman Business Park and Corporate Real Estate, Dolores Kruchten, said, “Opening the Kodak Cell Assembly Center will improve the success rate of energy storage companies.  The cooperative relationship we have built for energy storage, with Kodak Coating Services, the new Kodak Cell Assembly Center and DNV-GL and NY-BEST with the BEST Test and Commercialization Center is a game-changer for development and innovation. We make it possible to do coating, assembly, and testing all in one location for the first time.” NY-BEST Executive Director William Acker said, “The energy storage industry is growing exponentially and the new Cell Assembly Center, when combined with New York’s existing state-of-the-art facilities for battery development, prototyping and commercialization, will further strengthen New York’s ability to attract and grow energy storage companies in New York.” The Center will include two multi-user battery cell assembly lines to provide pilot manufacturing services to battery and energy storage companies.  The effort will complement electrode development and product capabilities and expertise at Kodak Coating Services; as well as NY-BEST’s Test and Commercialization Center, a battery cell commercialization and testing center located in the same building at EBP, and the Battery Prototyping Center located nearby at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Kodak, NY-BEST and RIT work together to provide the tools and resources necessary for companies to develop, test and commercialize new batteries, ultracapacitors and energy storage products. Empire State Development is supporting the partnership through a $1.2 million Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant. The total cost for the innovative, collaborative endeavor is $5.9 million. Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs Wegmans Food Markets Chairman Danny Wegman and Monroe Community College President Anne Kress said, “The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council is focusing on these types of partnerships which we believe will translate into next generation scientific discoveries. This effort will harness the expertise of private and research companies as well as local universities. Together, they will work to create the next generation of innovative products, driving the regional economy, creating jobs.” The energy storage industry is growing rapidly in New York State. In January of 2017, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced 30 percent job growth in New York’s energy storage industry over four years, bringing employment in the industry to 3,900. The state’s energy storage industry’s annual global revenues grew 50 percent to $906 million between 2012 and 2015. According to NYSERDA, by 2030, the energy storage industry could realize annual global revenues between $5.6 and $8.7 billion with total job growth between 17,300 and 26,800 employees. NYSERDA President and CEO Alicia Barton said, “New York is already at the forefront of driving innovation and commercialization in the energy storage industry. The new Kodak Cell Assembly Center builds on this momentum and will accelerate our ability to meet Governor’s Cuomo’s nation-leading clean energy goals with technologies that are made in New York.” State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle said, “Today marks yet another important and exciting development in the rebirth of the Eastman Business Park. The Kodak Cell Assembly Center will strengthen Rochester’s position as a global leader in innovative energy technology development and further bolster our region’s economic resurgence. I applaud the Governor, my colleagues on the Regional Economic Development Council and all of our local partners for coming together in support of this project.” State Senator Joe Robach said, "Today’s grand opening of the Kodak Cell Assembly Center at Eastman Business Park is great news for Eastman Business Park, Rochester and our community as a whole. While this project will create new jobs, it will also make Eastman Business Park a more attractive and suitable location for businesses from around the country and world to call home. This is just another great example of how Eastman Business Park and Rochester are once again on forefront of innovation." County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, "I am proud to celebrate the grand opening of the Kodak Cell Assembly Center which further enhances our region’s reputation as a hub for innovation and advanced manufacturing. Most important, this new facility will create high-skilled jobs for our local residents. Thank you to all public and private partners involved in this project for making the vision of a high-tech, highly-skilled greater Rochester area workforce a reality." Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said, “Today’s announcement shows that Kodak has never given up on Rochester, and Rochester will never give up on Kodak. The opening of the Kodak Cell Assembly Center further establishes our city and Eastman Business Park as hubs of innovation, manufacturing and job creation. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo, Empire State Development and NY-BEST for commitment to this project and helping Rochester provide more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for its residents.” Eastman Business Park is a 1,200-acre research, development and manufacturing campus with over 16 million square feet of multi-scale manufacturing, distribution, lab and office space. There are 100 companies onsite employing over 6,600 people, many of them responsible for the development of our nation’s next generation technologies in the areas of Energy Storage, Chemical Manufacturing, Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing and Photonics. Supporting EBP and growing a comprehensive battery and energy storage hub in the region are top priorities for the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and the Finger Lakes Forward strategic economic plan. For additional information about NY-BEST, click here. For additional information about Kodak, click here.     Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward   Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $5.2 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in. Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs.

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