Before announcing a move to the Rochester Tech Park in Gates, Kodak Alaris explored options for its U.S. headquarters outside of, not only Rochester, but New York State.
Kodak Alaris CEO Marc Jourlait, said, “there are a number of different criteria that we considered. Obviously, there’s an economic and financial criteria. We have to pay a lease, rent, if you will…but more importantly for us, it was important to look at the amenities that we could give and the work environment we could give to our employees.”
Kodak Alaris has other U.S.-based operations in San Francisco, Boston, North Carolina, and Colorado — one of the places (in addition to Iowa and Wisconsin) President Trump this week said Upstate New Yorkers should be moving to, where he told The Wall Street Journal, there are manufacturing jobs.
Thursday, Jourlait disagreed with that sentiment, at least from his company’s perspective.
“Of course we considered [moving]. Like any company, our due diligence, of course, we had to look at other sites. This is the one that made the most sense, for the needs that we have, for the talent pool, for our employees. For our history, for our roots…This was the obvious choice for us to be here,” said Jourlait.
Kodak Alaris formed after it was sold off by Eastman Kodak in 2013. Jourlait said this new facility will allow the imaging science company to have its own identity, where it will develop many components of its products like photo paper, film, imaging kiosks, and scanning software on-site.
“Anybody driving by will be able to look with pride that, wow, this is..it’s a tech company hub for us, and this is where most of our engineers will be based,” said Jourlait.
He added with a long-term lease and a multi-million dollar private investment, along with local and state incentives, the company is here to stay.
“It’s the most important site we have in the Kodak Alaris ecosystem,” Jourlait said about the company’s new home.
When asked what’s next for the company, Jourlait said one word: growth.
Kodak Alaris intends to renovate and outfit 250,000 square feet of space between two buildings at the Rochester Tech Park over the next year. The company is aiming at finalizing its relocation in Q3 2018.