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Arnprior Rapid Manufacturing Solutions Invests $3.68 Million To Remain At Eastman Business Park In Rochester, New York

Area Development Online News Desk (02/24/2014)
Arnprior Rapid Manufacturing Solutions Inc., a fabricated metal product manufacturer, signed a new, seven-year lease to remain at the Eastman Business Park in Rochester, New York. The company, which will invest $3.68 million into new technology and equipment, will retain 150 jobs and add an additional 30 new jobs.

“Arnprior believes that the Greater Rochester Region has all the attributes necessary for a manufacturing concern to flourish in the current global landscape: an entrepreneurial culture; a skilled workforce; world class universities, community colleges and vocational schools; state and local government policies and initiatives geared toward technology and innovation; and all of the ancillary support services needed for a business to be cost effective in its day-to-day operations, said Arnprior Rapid Manufacturing Solutions, Inc. Vice President and General Manager Chris Howell. “We believe that the Eastman Business Park is an excellent venue from which to do business.”

“Since its formation in 2008, Arnprior has completely re-invented itself, refocusing from a deep-rooted Kodak entity to a company that has nearly 300 active accounts in aerospace, medical, automotive, telecommunications, research and development, and consumer products,” said Eastman Business Park Director Michael Alt. “Not only are we proud that Arnprior started here, we’re also pleased that Arnprior is staying here.”

The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Strategic Plan identified maintenance and expansion of Eastman Business Park in Rochester as a top priority to grow the region’s economy and create jobs. Arnprior qualified for up to $600,000 in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits from the state in return for its proposed investment and job creation commitments.

"For New York State, job one is jobs - especially when it comes to expanding economic opportunities upstate," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. "It is because of companies like Arnprior that New York is now ranked number two in the nation in number of jobs created since the recession and why the greater Rochester region is a leader in the field of advanced manufacturing."

“The redevelopment of Eastman Business Park remains a top priority for Governor Cuomo and the Greater Rochester region,” said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “Arnprior is a true success story and I am pleased that we were able to assist in their future growth and that their multi-million dollar investment will mean more new jobs for Rochester.”

Significant progress has been made in resolving the obstacles to the Eastman Business Park’s future growth, enabling it to attract new companies and helping meet the goal of creating 1,800 jobs over the next five years at the site, Governor Cuomo’s Office said. “Arnprior is vital to this plan. In 2013, Kodak and the state agreed to a global settlement that addressed environmental legacy issues at the site; the Park’s utility systems were acquired, ensuring stability for the Park’s tenants; and Kodak emerged from bankruptcy and committed to maintain significant operations and jobs at the site. The FLREDC believes the Park has turned a corner and is ready to become one of the nation’s preeminent industrial parks for technological innovation.”

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