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KodakAlaris moving to Gates, staying Monroe County

July 27, 2017 06:35 PM

A day after President Donald Trump told homeowners in upstate New York to pick up and move some where else for work, one local company has decided to keep its jobs here.

KodakAlaris -- which is separate from Eastman Kodak -- looked at moving to other parts of the country. But Thursday the CEO told us he decided to stay in the area.

One of the reasons why KodakAlaris is staying in Monroe County is because it's getting tax breaks at a new location and that's how the system of recruiting and retaining businesses and jobs works here around the entire country.

Marc Jourlait, CEO Kodak Alaris: Image science is at the core of what we  do.

Marc Jourlait said he's moving his company -- KodakAlaris -- from the Eastman Business Park to the Rochester Tech Park in Gates.

Why? A couple of reasons.

The lease at the Eastman Business Park is up. There are more amenities for employees in Gates and the company is getting tax breaks that already exist at the Tech Park.

Jourlait said he considered moving the company out of state.

Marc Jourlait, CEO Kodak Alaris: But we actively wanted to see if there was a possibility that we could stay in the Rochester area.  And the town, the county and the state and some of the local utilities have provided quite a few incentives for us to stay here so it made economic sense and made sense for our employees as well.

That's how the system works. Look what just happened in Wisconsin. Foxconn -- the world's largest electronic's maker for iPhones and iPads -- just announced with President Trump that it's building a new $10 billion plant in Wisconsin.

President Donald Trump: This is a great day for American workers and manufacturing. and for everyone who believes in the concept and the label -- made in the USA.

But to make the deal -- Wisconsin is giving Foxconn $3 billion in tax breaks.

Thursday, I checked with all the major economic development leaders in Rochester and asked: did you try to get Foxconn to come here?

The top recruiter, Empire State Development, told me: "New York State did pursue Foxconn through the formal channels setup by their site selector and process."

We got a copy of the email from Bob Duffy -- CEO of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce -- to Foxconn's communications director on July 17th. He wrote "I would ask that you consider the Rochester/Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. We can match amenities, support, universities, technology/research strengths with anyone."

Duffy then wrote, "No region has better relationships with government leaders, universities, research leaders, and other resources than we do - at a fraction of the cost of other metro regions in the U. S."

Foxconn chose Wisconsin and the billion dollar tax breaks. And that's how the system works and the system is keeping a company and hundreds of jobs in Rochester.

Marc Jourlait, CEO Kodak Alaris:  So hopefully with this move it send a strong signal that we're here to stay in the Greater Rochester neighborhood and we'd love to hire the best and the brightest. so hopefully they'll come and join us.

KodakAlaris is hiring 50 to 60 people right now. Click here to get to the company's job page.

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