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WDKX.com » Blog » Kodak to Sell Eastman Business Park
Mar 26th 2014 6:13 am
Kodak to Sell Eastman Business Park
by News


Jim Scheible remembers the heydey of Kodak Park.
"I started in '52 and retired in '86."

His father worked there, and his son's been at Kodak for over 30 years.

But that was then.

"This is my own personal opinion. I think the future's bleak for the company."

When Scheible retired, more than 60,000 people worked at Kodak in Rochester alone, but as the workforce dwindled, buildings came down. The 1,200 acre site was renamed Eastman Business Park, and Kodak started looking for tenants for the remaining buildings in the park.

Community leaders have worked tirelessly in recent years to bring investment and new tenants to Eastman Business Park. On Tuesday, Kodak announced it will sell the property that once helped define the one-time photo giant.

"We are very proud that we have not walked away from this site. Very proud that we've invested in revitalizing this site," said Eastman Business Park director Mike Ault.

Ault said Kodak's decision to sell will allow the company to focus on it's main business.

"We believe there are companies out there, industrial developers who can best utilize their capailities and money to redevelop the park, moving Kodak from a landlord to a tenant."

Sandy Parker, head of the Rochester Business Alliance, says the transition of Kodak Park to Eastman Business Park is a symbol of transition in the community. She says the sale is a good move.

"Bringing in a new landlord that will be focused on repurposing that place and filling it up will be a positive move as well, so I think it will be a win-win on both sides," Parker said.

About 6,400 Kodak employees work at Eastman Business Park.

As far as Scheible goes, he says he rarely drives by the fomrer Kodak Park � a place that's provided three generation of his family a living for 90 years. It's just not the same.

"That company essentially is gone, dead, it no longer exists. What will happen in the future, only time will tell."

- See more at: http://rochester.twcnews.com/content/news/721839/kodak-to-sell-eastman-business-park/#sthash.j73iFpBW.dpuf

WDKX.com » Blog » Kodak to Sell Eastman Business Park
Mar 26th 2014 6:13 am
Kodak to Sell Eastman Business Park
by News


Jim Scheible remembers the heydey of Kodak Park.
"I started in '52 and retired in '86."

His father worked there, and his son's been at Kodak for over 30 years.

But that was then.

"This is my own personal opinion. I think the future's bleak for the company."

When Scheible retired, more than 60,000 people worked at Kodak in Rochester alone, but as the workforce dwindled, buildings came down. The 1,200 acre site was renamed Eastman Business Park, and Kodak started looking for tenants for the remaining buildings in the park.

Community leaders have worked tirelessly in recent years to bring investment and new tenants to Eastman Business Park. On Tuesday, Kodak announced it will sell the property that once helped define the one-time photo giant.

"We are very proud that we have not walked away from this site. Very proud that we've invested in revitalizing this site," said Eastman Business Park director Mike Ault.

Ault said Kodak's decision to sell will allow the company to focus on it's main business.

"We believe there are companies out there, industrial developers who can best utilize their capailities and money to redevelop the park, moving Kodak from a landlord to a tenant."

Sandy Parker, head of the Rochester Business Alliance, says the transition of Kodak Park to Eastman Business Park is a symbol of transition in the community. She says the sale is a good move.

"Bringing in a new landlord that will be focused on repurposing that place and filling it up will be a positive move as well, so I think it will be a win-win on both sides," Parker said.

About 6,400 Kodak employees work at Eastman Business Park.

As far as Scheible goes, he says he rarely drives by the fomrer Kodak Park � a place that's provided three generation of his family a living for 90 years. It's just not the same.

"That company essentially is gone, dead, it no longer exists. What will happen in the future, only time will tell."

- See more at: http://rochester.twcnews.com/content/news/721839/kodak-to-sell-eastman-business-park/#sthash.j73iFpBW.dpuf