manufacturing

Kodak's Bankruptcy Filing

Eastman Kodak owes a lot of money to a lot of people.

According to Kodak's bankruptcy filing (see above), the struggling photography pioneer owes tens hundreds of millions to banks and manufacturing firms.

The company also owes tens of millions more to movie studios (Sony, Paramount, Disney), retailers (Walmart, CVS, Staples) and tax collectors (New York State Department of Taxation and Finance).

Kodak also owes $1.7 million to Rochester-based Optimation.

"We're hopeful that we'll see at least a large percentage of the money," Optimation President Bill Pollock* said Thursday morning. "But at this point in time, it's not clear what the court will say and how creditors are going to be paid."

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"Increase the competitiveness of manufacturers through applied technology and training."

That's the stated goal at RIT's Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS). And on Tuesday, their work was validated with an award from a national nonprofit.

"It's good recognition for the hard work we've been doing," says CIMS assistant director of operations, Andy Harlan. "We do technology development and technology transfer. And all these efforts typically roll up into some type of economic development for the region."

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NPR and the Center for Public Integrity rolled out the results of their latest investigation today. The series - called Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities - examines some of the 17,000+ facilities that emit hazardous chemicals into the air.

While the report singles out Ohio, Texas, Illinois, Louisiana, Wisconsin and Indiana for having some of the most egregious offenders, the legacy of manufacturing has definitely left its mark on upstate New York.

Below are maps of our upstate cities - and the polluting facilities the EPA is keeping an eye on.

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Queens-based Boundary Fence & Railing Systems makes fences - all types of fences.

(My fave? I'll go with the Remote Controlled PowerBollards.)

Company officials say their vinyl fence division in particular is booming. Boundary's Chris Sibeni says the company was "maxed out for space" in New York City and needed to expand - preferably within state.

On Monday, Sibeni and local officials announced that a new branch of the company - Boundary Fence of Rochester - is setting up shop in the Rochester suburb of Gates.

"Geographically, Rochester is the greatest place for us," says Sibeni.

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High Tech Rochester and Kodak teamed up on Tuesday for a manufacturing forum at Kodak's Eastman Business Park. The goal was to help local firms "connect the dots" with resources that can spark innovation.

The primary "dot" on display: Eastman Business Park itself.

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