Partnership to Create 24 Jobs

News Date: 
04/14/2011

Partnership to create 24 new jobs

By Scott Pukos

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Posted Apr 14, 2011 @ 09:16 AM

MPNnow.com —

A new collaboration will create about 24 jobs at the Smart System Technology & Conference Center — formerly known as Infotonics — Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy announced Wednesday.

At the annual meeting of the Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster on Wednesday, Duffy announced a partnership between the STC — operated by the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), part of the University of Albany — and global healthcare company Carestream Health.

The partnership will fill the last available space at CNSE’s STC facilities off Route 332, where Carestream will conduct research and prototype development for its newest digital technologies. The company plans to invest in some upgrades at the facility.

The 24 jobs will be created over the next three years. Carestream currently has about 1,200 employees in the Rochester area.

Duffy, the former Rochester mayor, said this opportunity represents a positive step for upstate New York.

“We need to get rid of the self-inflicted wounds that our state has imposed upon itself and open up the doors for innovation, open up the doors for talent,” he said.

Others at the meeting were happy with the announcement and agreed that it’s a good development for the region.

“It’s harder to have companies invest in organizations like (STC) when they’re smaller,” said Scott Cahall of Moondog Optics in Fairport. “Any time a company invests in this area, it’s a good thing.”

“It’s a tremendous development,” said Charles Synborski of CVI Melles Griot in Rochester. “Hopefully this will lead to more growth and more employment.”

STC and Carestream have worked together before, but not in this capacity.

“This investment represents the next stage in development between STC and Carestream,” said David Gottfried, the manager of government and community affairs at STC.