SentrySafe, a company founded in Rochester in 1930 and employed around 350 people, closed Wednesday.
It was part of a planned restructuring by SentrySafe’s owner Master Lock, which is relocating the operation to Wisconsin and Mexico.
Thursday, its building in East Rochester will be largely empty.
SentrySafe produces fire-resistant personal safes, filing cabinets and protective security containers.
Master Lock said they decided to relocate SentrySafe to stay competitive in the marketplace.
Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy had this to say about SentrySafe’s last day:
“Today is a tough day for our region. As a family-owned business, Sentry Safe served our community for three generations, providing jobs and producing high-quality products. The closing of Sentry Safe in Rochester and the loss of manufacturing jobs to Mexico is a sad reflection of the economic situation across our country. However, Rochester has shown its resiliency over the years when faced with similar job cuts at other companies. Rochester Chamber and our RBA Staffing division have worked with Sentry Safe and Master Lock since last year’s closing announcement to find interested workers new jobs in our area and we continue to do so.”