Trellis Earth Products brings close to 200 jobs to Rochester

Posted at: 07/11/2013 5:08 PM | Updated at: 07/11/2013 11:22 PM

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Close to 200 jobs are coming from China to Rochester thanks to a company called Trellis Earth Products.

Trellis is investing over $8 million in the move to Rochester Technology Park, a former Kodak building in Gates. It plans to be up and running by April of next year.

The company, part of the bioplastics industry, makes sustainable food service products for school districts and grocery stores.

News10NBC spoke with the CEO, Mike Senzaki. He says production costs in China had gone up 20%, so the move came down to dollars and cents. They saw the new ads New York State is running to entice businesses here and one of their board members had already done a deal with the state. So they made a visit to Rochester and were impressed by what they found.

Senzaki said, "The Rochester Technology Park, being a former Kodak plant, had all the auxiliary equipment like the air system. The power distribution and the water system. It really is a turnkey operation, saving us a couple million dollars in set-up."

Trellis Earth Products is getting incentives from Empire State Development, including $1.5 million in tax breaks. Monroe County is providing resources too.

Senzaki says recruitment will start in about 30 days with job postings. They'll initially hire 50 to 60 people, and long term, they're looking for manufacturing production line workers, supervisors and sales people. They plan to have the plant up and running by April of next year.

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