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Finger Lakes Region, 2002

Business Expansions

Ultralife Batteries Inc. received three government contracts totaling $14.4 million. Two months ago, Ultralife employed around 260 workers, down from 425 in 2000. With the government contracts, the company has rehired 40 employees and would hire another 50 to 75 in the coming months. (Finger Lakes Times, 12/6/02)

Horizon Aerospace LLC, an airplane and aerospace instrumentation manufacturer in Victor (Ontario County), has received a state economic development grant and plans to add 100 jobs. (Democrat & Chronicle, 11/4/02)

Gypsum Systems Interiors Ltd., a manufacturer of prefabricated wall panels and metal trusses, has received a state economic development grant and plans to build a new plant in Victor (Ontario County). The project is expected to create 50 jobs. (Democrat & Chronicle, 11/4/02)

Commodity Resource Corp., an agricultural outsource center of economical transloading, storage and blending of bulk feed and fertilizer products in Livingston County, has been awarded a state economic development grant and is expected to create 21 jobs. (Democrat & Chronicle, 11/4/02)

Cantisano Foods Inc., Fairport (Monroe County), has received a state grant to increase the size of its factory and is expected to add 80 workers to the company’s local employment of 280. The expansion will allow Cantisano to add a third equipment line and increase production by one-third. Cantisano cooks sauces, dips and salsas at its plant. (Democrat & Chronicle, 10/31/02)

D’Lisi Food Systems Inc. has received a state grant and plans to purchase a line of equipment and add 90 jobs at its Rochester plant. D’Lisi makes frozen pizza and pizza-making systems. (Democrat & Chronicle, 10/31/02)

The University of Rochester Medical Center has received a state grant that will mean new tenants for Rochester Technology Park and money for start-up biotechnology companies. Part of the grant will pay for completing construction and equipment purchases at the medical center’s new research buildings. UR officials estimate the $30 million grant will create 3,500 jobs at the medical center, related vendors and spin-off companies and in construction. (Democrat & Chronicle, 9/24/02)

First American Real Estate Tax Service, a Dallas-based tax services company, will be expanding and moving to a new building in Henrietta (Monroe County). First American plans to add at least 75 employees. (Democrat & Chronicle, 9/18/02)

Flightline Electronics, Victor (Ontario County), was awarded a $2.2 million contract with the U.S. Navy. The company designs and manufactures Sonobuoy telemetry receivers that are used in maritime patrols, picking up signals from submarines and processing the signals to determine whether the vessels are friendly or enemy. Employees also produce a variety of vertical and displacement gyroscope systems. (Daily Messenger, 9/16/02)

TMP Technologies (Wyoming County), which produces custom-made rubber products, is looking for 15 or more employees to keep up with increasing client demands. TMP Technologies, which is headquartered in Buffalo, operates its Advanced Rubber Products Division in Wyoming County. The division produces digital copier machine components, pump diaphragms, cooling system gaskets, above-ground and underground polymer insulators for power distribution and respiratory safety appliances such as face masks, head straps and grommets. (The Daily News, 8/22/02)

Strong Forge and Fabrication in Batavia (Genesee County) has been approved for an Empire State Development grant for part of the cost associated with the purchase of machinery and equipment for the company. The project is expected to create 60 jobs. The stamping and forging company currently employs 38 people. (The Daily News, 8/17/02)

Wal-Mart opened it second area super-center in Rochester on August 14. The mega-store will carry everything a supermarket stocks as well as its usual array of products. The super-center is also host to a McDonald’s restaurant, a hair salon, a nail salon, an optical shop and a portrait studio. (Democrat & Chronicle, 8/13/02)

SwiftLift, a Toyota forklift dealer, plans to move into a new building in Victor (Ontario County) by November 2002, bringing about 30 jobs. In addition to providing Toyota forklifts to area stores, warehouses and manufacturers, SwiftLift also carries other material-handling equipment such as handcarts and aerial access equipment. The company also provides equipment-training courses. (Daily Messenger, 8/13/02)

UPDATE: General Motors Corp. opened a new fuel cell development plant on July 29 at its Honeoye Falls (Monroe County) research center. The new facility is expected to generate as many as 100 additional research and engineering jobs. (Democrat & Chronicle, 7/30/02)

Genecor International Inc. plans to invest $50 million in a therapeutic proteins manufacturing facility in Rochester, adding up to 100 new high-technology jobs. Genecor currently employs approximately 200 people in Rochester. The firm has chosen to expand its Rochester facility to produce pharmaceutical grade materials for pre-clinical and clinical studies related to drug candidates for cancer and other diseases. (Rochester Business Journal, 7/12/02; Democrat & Chronicle, 7/11/02; Press Release, 7/11/02)

A Center of Excellence in Photonics, a partnership between the State, the private sector, the federal government and 20 academic institutions, has been announced for Rochester. Initially, the center will produce 120 new jobs and will lead to the creation of approximately 5,000 new jobs over the next ten years. (Democrat & Chronicle, 7/11/02; Press Release, 7/10/02)

Washington Mutual Inc., Albion (Orleans County), has added 200 more jobs that expected to the former Dime Bancorp call center, where the workforce already is being doubled. In the next two years, the call center will employ 1,100 – an increase of 200 more than the 900 initially estimated in December 2001. Washington Mutual operates more than 2,400 consumer banking, mortgages lending, commercial banking, consumer finance and financial services offices throughout the nation. (Business First, 7/9/02)

Harris RF (Monroe County) expects to hire about 20 engineers as a result of a new U.S. military contract to help design new battlefield radios. Harris RF employs about 1,100 people in Rochester, mainly designing and manufacturing military and commercial radio systems. (Democrat & Chronicle, 6/26/02)

Baldwin Richardson Foods Co., Macedon (Wayne County), has built a 14,000 square-foot addition and added 20 employees. The plant now employs 160 people. Last fall, Baldwin Richardson won a Kellogg Co.’s contract worth $12.5 million to $16.5 million annually. (Democrat & Chronicle, 6/20/02)

Strong Forge & Fabricating, the former Batavia Metal Products, has been approved for a $100,000 loan and a tax-saving sale/leaseback arrangement to get the new operation started. The new operation began June 10 with 25 workers, all former employees of Batavia Metal, and confirmed it could add up to 35 more in the next couple of years. (The Daily News, 6/13/02)

Ultralife Batteries, Newark (Wayne County), won an army contract to supply batteries for army field radios, night vision goggles and devices for seeing through fog. Ultralife plans to rehire 100 employees laid off since September. The company now employs about 300 people. (Newark Local Office, 6/11/02)

Guardian Industry Corp., Geneva (Ontario County), has added 45 employees to its workforce. The hiring boosts the glass manufacturer’s employment to 300 local employees. (Rochester Business Journal, 6/7/02)

Tim Hortons will open four restaurants in the area this fall. The chain of doughnut and coffee shops already has approval to build and operate a restaurant in Gates (Monroe County) and is planning restaurants later this year for Rochester, Henrietta (Monroe County) and Irondequoit (Monroe County). (Democrat & Chronicle, 5/24/02)

Light Fabrications Inc., Gates (Monroe County), will get a county business assistance grant to buy equipment. Light Fabrications employs about 145 people. The company cuts and distributes specially designed industrial adhesives for various machines. A planned expansion should add 40 jobs over the next three years. (Democrat & Chronicle, 5/24/02)

Gorbel Inc., Fishers (Ontario County), has purchased a product line from Shepard Niles and is building a plant to accommodate it. Gorbel makes jib and enclosed track canes. The new line will create 50 full-time jobs. (Democrat & Chronicle, 5/22/02)

CooperVision, Inc., a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of contact lenses, will relocate two operations from Virginia to their Henrietta/Fairport (Monroe County) facilities. A distribution function will be transferred to the company’s distribution center in Henrietta, and a call center operation will be moved to it’s call center in Fairport creating 48 new jobs. (Press Release, 5/21/02)

Johnson & Johnson Co.’s Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics will increase the number of researchers in the Rochester area and has opened a state-of-the-art showroom in Greece (Monroe County). Within six to 12 months, Ortho-Clinical will add about 20 research positions at the headquarters. About 1,200 people work here for Ortho-Clinical, including about 250 in research and development. The 20 new positions will include some people who transfer from the company’s corporate headquarters in New Jersey. Ortho-Clinical is a leading manufacturer of hospital and physician laboratory equipment that detects and diagnoses disease, as well as systems that test blood for safety and use in transfusions. (Democrat & Chronicle, 5/10/02)

Petro Travel Plaza, at Exit 41 on the state Thruway, will create 200 new jobs due to changes to Seneca County’s Empire Zone. (Democrat & Chronicle, 4/19/02)

Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park, Geneva (Ontario County), will create 200 new science and research jobs during the next three years in the agriculture, food and biotech fields. When fully implemented, the project is expected to create up to 880 new jobs in Ontario County. Construction for the first phase including roads, utilities and site development will begin by summer. (Communications Press Release, 3/20/02)

High Falls Brewing Co., Monroe County, will hire 40 people in the next five months, continuing an expansion that has boosted employment by a third since current management bought the brewery. High Falls bought the troubled brewery, retaining 422 jobs and, since the purchase, has added 98 jobs. (Democrat & Chronicle, 3/7/02)

The Advantage Group has received a state grant to help with the improvement and expansion of its facility at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, Seneca County. Two new contracts that the company has secured will help create over 100 new jobs. (Democrat & Chronicle, 3/4/02; Finger Lakes Times, 2/27/02)

Parish Recycling, Fayette (Seneca County), has received a state grant to expand and diversify its services. Parish recently negotiated a contract with Molson Co. to be its central glass-pulverizing site for this region. With the expansion, the firm will be able to seek new contracts and eventually be able to handle Seneca County’s recycling, which is now sent to Tompkins and Ontario counties. It is estimated that the expansion will create 12 to 18 full-time jobs. (Finger Lakes Times, 2/27/02)

Pioneer Credit Recovery (Perry and Arcade, Wyoming County) will add 500 to 600 jobs in the next 24 to 36 months, due to an acquisition by USA Education Inc., commonly known as Sallie Mae. Pioneer performs collection activities for government agencies and private corporate clients and has created more than 300 jobs in Wyoming County since 1997. (Business First, 1/02)

Document Reprocessors, Middlesex (Yates County), hopes to open another plant in Rushville (Yates County), where its workforce of 100 will use a vacuum freeze-drying technique to save water and smoke damaged books, films and other documents. Eventually, the company plans to employ about 300 workers at locations in Middlesex, Rushville and an office in Rochester. (Daily Messenger, 1/16/02)

Automotive Corporation Inc., an automobile parts manufacturer in LeRoy (Genesee County), intends to build a new facility in the town of Batavia (Genesee County). Construction will probably begin when winter weather breaks, and the building should be ready six to eight months later. Automotive Corporation employs 105 people and expects to add 50 more workers in the next three years at its new site. (The Daily News, 1/10/02)

Parker Hannifin Corp., a manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems for commercial, mobile, industrial and aerospace markets, is expanding and adding a total of 73 jobs at its two plants in Wayne County. The expansion will make the company among Wayne County’s largest employers, pushing total employment to more than 730. (Rochester Business Journal, 12/28/01)

PaeTec Corp., Perinton (Monroe County), will receive a state grant to help it retain 245 existing jobs and create 220 new jobs. (Democrat & Chronicle, 12/20/01)

LSI Solutions, Victor (Ontario County), which develops and makes medical devices used in minimally invasive surgery, plans to expand its employee base from 65 to 125 with the help of a state loan. The company will also expand its product line to include orthopedic and cardiac equipment. (Daily Messenger, 11/28/01)

Business Contractions

Xerox Corp. will cut 165 more jobs from the Rochester area. The jobs will come from Xerox Engineering Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary that designs and manufactures wide-format printers, such as those used for engineering plans and blueprints. The XES unit employs about 230 people locally, most at a site in East Rochester (Monroe County). (Democrat & Chronicle, 12/12/02)

Foster Wheeler Ltd. will close its Dansville (Livingston County) operations of its subsidiary Foster Wheeler Energy by February. The company said high costs, particularly labor costs, forced the closing. Foster Wheeler’s Dansville plant is believed to employ about 140 people. The company had discontinued boiler manufacturing at the plant and turned it into a service and repair facility. (Democrat & Chronicle, 12/5/02)

Veeco Instruments Inc. has stopped manufacturing at its Rochester plant and laid off about 41 employees. Veeco designs and manufactures equipment used in the data storage and semiconductor industries. The Rochester plant is now focused on engineering as well as research and development. (Democrat & Chronicle, 12/3/02)

Corning Inc. will close the Corning Rochester Photonics Corp. and plans to lay off the remaining 60 employees at the facility by December 31. Corning Rochester Photonics designs and develops components used in optical telecommunications networks and compact display systems. (Rochester Business Journal, 11/29/02)

ITT Industries Inc. will close its fluid-handling systems plant in Gates (Monroe County) because of a slowdown in the economy. The plant, which makes auto components, will close in July 2003. It employs 94 people. (Democrat & Chronicle, 11/19/02)

Xerox Corp. announced it would cut as many as 530 workers at its operations in Monroe County. The cuts are a combination of voluntary and involuntary layoffs and are part of the corporation’s ongoing cost-cutting efforts. The jobs being cut include administrative, marketing and management positions. The company will also offer voluntary severance packages to as many as 250 union workers. In addition, Xerox laid off 100 workers on 11/5/02. Those cuts affected all divisions, except the direct sales force. The jobs eliminated were primarily in administration, with others in engineering and marketing. (Democrat & Chronicle, 11/20/02; 11/16/02; 11/6/02)

Wyeth Lederle Vaccines has accelerated plans to leave the Rochester area and will close its laboratories and offices in Henrietta (Monroe County) by the summer. Wyeth’s departure affects more than 200 employees, including many in advanced research jobs. (Democrat & Chronicle, 11/19/02)

UPDATE: Frontier, a subsidiary of Citizens Communications Co., has cut about 100 union workers in November. The cuts will affect line workers, technicians, clerks, customer service staff and other represented workers. (Democrat & Chronicle, 11/14/02)

Eastman Kodak Co. announced it will shut down single-use camera production at its Lee Road facility (Monroe County). Single-use cameras will be manufactured by Kodak workers in either China or Mexico, where pay rates are lower. Four hundred jobs could be affected. The company did not provide a timeline of when a shutdown would occur. Kodak also said it would cut about 150 jobs, mostly skilled tradespeople and machine operators, from Kodak Park (Monroe County), as the company is trying to make products more cost-efficient, and another 150 jobs from its Rochester-based research and development group in a bid to focus only on projects with the greatest potential return. (Democrat & Chronicle, 11/13/02; 11/12/02)

Citizens Communications Co. expect layoffs in November, though the number of jobs to be cut is undetermined. The cuts will include operations at Frontier, which operates the bulk of the telecommunications network in Rochester and is owned by Citizens. Citizens employs about 2,400 workers in Rochester. The cuts will begin with attrition, then eliminate most unfilled positions and then, to the extent necessary, extend to existing employees. (Democrat & Chronicle, 10/30/02)

Eastman Kodak Co. plans to cut 1,300 to 1,700 people by the end of the year in a continued effort to conserve cash and boost profits. Kodak declined to specify where the new cuts would take place. Further details could be available in January. (Democrat & Chronicle, 10/25/02)

Energy East Corp. announced job reductions at its six utility subsidiaries, including Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. The company hopes to reduce salaried jobs through voluntary early retirement. It will then move to involuntary job cuts to meet its goals no later than April 30. Energy East said there are about 190 eligible employees at RG&E. RG&E has about 2,000 employees. (Democrat & Chronicle, 10/25/02)

Getinge/Castle Inc., Henrietta (Monroe County), has moved manufacturing to Sweden and some workers here have lost their jobs. Because of the shift, at least 40 people, including assemblers, welders, machinists and janitors have lost their jobs. As many as 75 employees could get laid off. Getinge, which employs about 400 people in Rochester, is committed to keeping the hub of the company’s business in the United States. Jobs could increase at the Henrietta headquarters, especially in the positions of product managers and planners. Getinge/Castle employees now assemble the sterilizers shipped from Sweden. They also make washers, surgical carts, detergents and other disinfection and sterilization products in Henrietta. (Democrat & Chronicle, 10/22/02)

Xerox Corp. will cut 350 to 400 jobs nationwide in November in the latest phase of its drive to reduce costs. The positions will be eliminated in Xerox’s North American sales group but will not result in fewer direct sales representatives. Xerox is cutting support and administrative personnel. (Democrat & Chronicle, 10/4/02)

Gleason Corp. has cut about five percent of its local workforce. The company, which employs 900 to 1,000 in Rochester, also cut jobs at its other U.S. plants. Gleason specializes in gear technology. Positions eliminated include workers in engineering, on the shop floor and some administrators. The cuts are permanent. (Democrat & Chronicle, 9/27/02)

Thermo Spectronic, a manufacturer of spectrophotometers – devices that analyze light to determine the makeup of substances – used in laboratories, the food and beverage business and other industries, will close its Penfield (Monroe County) operation by March. Thermo Electron Corp., Massachusetts, parent company of Thermo Spectronic, will shift work to a site in Wisconsin. Many of the 72 people who work at the manufacturing facility will lose their jobs. (Democrat & Chronicle, 9/17/02)

Agrilink Foods Inc. is closing its Red Creek (Wayne County) plant and laying off 90 full-time employees after reaching an agreement to sell its applesauce business. (Democrat & Chronicle, 9/6/02)

Choice One Communications Inc. has laid off 100 employees – 38 in Rochester – in a move to keep the company competitive. The Rochester-based telecommunications start-up also said 100 other positions were eliminated through attrition over the last few months. The layoffs cut across all company locations, and a number of sales positions were cut. (Democrat & Chronicle, 9/6/02)

Consolidated Freightways announced plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and liquidate assets, resulting in lost jobs. The shipping company employs about 22 drivers, dock workers and office staff in the Rochester area. (Democrat & Chronicle, 9/4/02)

Davenport Industries LLC will end manufacturing operations at its Rochester plant. The company employs 34 people in Rochester. (Democrat & Chronicle, 8/29/02)

In two separate rounds of layoffs in August, Monroe County has given layoff notices to a total of between 145 to 190 county employees as part of a plan to close a budget shortfall. The number of county employees to actually get laid off will depend on the number of county employees who take early retirement. As of early August, 123 county employees signed up for early retirement. The plan, which includes budget cuts and mergers of departments, calls for a reduction of the county workforce by 700, which includes 277 vacant positions. (Democrat & Chronicle, 8/19/02 & 8/13/02)

Ames Department Stores Inc. announced it will close all 327 stores in the chain, including ten in the Rochester area. A total of 231 full-time and 285 part-time employees will be affected. The stores are located in Orleans, Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Yates and Cayuga counties. (Democrat & Chronicle, 8/15/02)

Howard’s Express, a local trucking business in Geneva (Ontario County), has laid off fewer than ten of its full-time employees during the summer’s slower months. The company anticipates the positions will be restored in the fall. (Finger Lakes Times, 8/2/02)

Bausch & Lomb Inc. (Monroe County) announced a restructuring plan to increase annual operating profits, affecting 100 jobs in Rochester. The cuts amount to about a third of B&L’s manufacturing employees in Rochester, and will drop the area’s employment to 1,200. (Democrat & Chronicle, 7/26/02)

Valeo Electrical Systems (Monroe County) announced that enough hourly workers have accepted buyout packages to avoid involuntary layoffs until at least next year. The buyouts, approved by union workers in May, have enticed 893 people to leave the auto parts maker. The company is confident enough workers will sign up to meet its workforce reduction goal of 550 employees in 2002 and 660 employees next year. It wants 1,550 workers, or 73 percent of its hourly workforce, out of its Rochester plant by the end of 2005. Valeo Electrical is trying to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy by the end of the year. (Democrat & Chronicle, 6/25/02)

Frontier (Monroe County) will cut about 120 workers, or 4.7 percent of its local workforce, effective June 30. The company said the job cuts – the second this year – were needed because of a shortfall in local sales and to eliminate overlap with its parent company, Citizens Communications Co., which acquired Frontier about a year ago. About two-thirds of those laid off will be managers, with the rest coming from union jobs ranging from line splicers to truck mechanics. The 80 managers being laid off will receive “severance packages and continuing health care benefits based upon their seniority and their job responsibilities. The 40 laid off union workers “will receive a severance package as outlined under their current bargaining agreement.” (Democrat & Chronicle, 6/14/02)

Corning Inc. will shuffle staff at its Rochester (Monroe County) operations, closing one division and expanding another as it struggles to cope with fallout in the telecommunications industry. The company, which makes components used to handle laser light along fiber optic communications lines, will immediately cut up to half of the 60-person workforce at its Corning Rochester Photonics in Greece. The division likely will close by the end of the year. Meanwhile, Corning Tropel in Fairport (Monroe County), which makes high-precision lenses used to make semiconductors, is expanding. An undetermined number of workers will move from operations in Fairport to the Greece site. When cuts are completed, Corning will employ 200 to 260 workers in the area. (Democrat & Chronicle, 6/14/02)

IEC Electronics Corp., Newark (Wayne County), has cut another 35 percent of its workforce, bringing its staff to roughly 190. The pressures resulting from the collapse of the telecommunications industry and the deterioration of the U.S. economy took a toll on IEC sales. (Rochester Business Journal, 6/7/02)

Ontario County voted to cut $1.2 million in salaries, which means about 50 county workers will lose their jobs. (Daily Messenger, 5/31/02)

Vanteon Corp., the area’s second-largest software developer, has cut its local workforce by about 20 percent. The Pittsford-based (Monroe County) company’s local employment has dropped 21 percent since December, to roughly 110 from 140. (Rochester Business Journal, 5/24/02)

Travelers Property and Casual Corp. is closing its workers’ compensation claim service center in Henrietta (Monroe County) on August 31. The office’s 57 workers will be laid off or transferred to other locations. (Democrat & Chronicle, 5/24/02)

Northland Cranberries, manufacturer of Northland Brand 100 Percent Juice Cranberry blends and Seneca Brand fruit juice products, will close its Dundee (Yates County) plant on June 28, affecting 44 workers. The decision is part of the company’s efforts to cut costs and put more money into building the Northland brand. (Finger Lakes Times, 5/8/02)

Valeo Electrical Systems Inc. (Monroe County) approved changes to an eight-year labor contract with union workers that allows the company to cut up to 1,550 jobs by the end of 2005. Valeo, which is the area’s ninth-largest employer, sought the contract concessions and job cuts because the plant continues to lose money. The plant declared bankruptcy in December. The plant employs 2,565, and the union job cuts could begin this summer. Another 200 of the plant’s 435 salaried workers will lose their jobs over the next three years. (Democrat & Chronicle, 5/6/02)

The Rochester City School District (Monroe County) submitted a budget proposal that would eliminate 945 full-time positions for the 2002-03 school year. (Democrat & Chronicle, 5/1/02)

Batavia Metal Products (Genesee County) was ordered to shut down April 25 after their chief lender suspended the company’s credit line access. All 150 Batavia Metal employees were paid. The company supplies metal components to big-name tractor and vehicle manufacturers including John Deere, Yamaha and Nissan. A “skeleton crew” of about 35 employees were back to work on April 29. The remaining employees are laid off indefinitely. (The Daily News, 5/1/02; The Daily News, 4/30/02; The Daily News, 4/27/02)

Xerox Corp. dismissed 50 contract workers from offices in downtown Rochester on April 29 who worked within the Xerox Information Management organization and their project was being re-evaluated. (Democrat & Chronicle, 4/30/02)

The Democrat and Chronicle (Monroe County) has cut 15 full-time and two part-time jobs to counter lower advertising revenue brought on by the economic slowdown. The layoffs amount to less than 2 percent of the workforce of more than 870 people. Most of the positions are in business and circulation operations. (Democrat & Chronicle, 4/25/02)

Arthur Anderson & Co. (Monroe County) may lay off a total of 75 people if merger discussions are not successful. The affected employees range from staff accountants, clerical-secretarial, human resource specialists and a receptionist. (Finger Lakes Regional Office, 4/23/02)

IEC Electronics, Wayne County’s largest employer, cut 60 jobs on March 27. The circuit board manufacturer said the layoffs were designed to keep the company afloat until the telecommunications industry rebounds. (Finger Lakes Times, 3/29/02)

Strong Memorial Hospital will lay off as many as 50 employees on April 1, put a hiring freeze on 200 open positions and re-examine spending for capital projects. Area hospitals are “non-profit” but they must make money in order to buy new equipment and upgrade facilities. Staff who work with patients are unlikely to be affected, but administrative, clerical and midlevel supervisors may be targeted. (Democrat & Chronicle, 3/15/02)

Coca-Cola in Seneca Falls, Seneca County, will close their distribution facility at the end of March and 22 people will lose their jobs. The 38-year old distribution and warehouse facility will close as part of a consolidation to “provide more efficiencies in the distribution system” for its customers. The center served most of the Finger Lakes Region and now will operate through centers in Syracuse and Rochester. (Finger Lakes Times, 3/15/02)

Diaz Chemical Corp. laid off 15 more employees, following the layoff of seven employees in February. The Holley, Orleans County, company said the layoffs are due to continued national economic problems and the result of financial burdens caused by cleanup efforts related to the January release of chemicals into the community. The two rounds of layoffs account for 40 percent of Diaz’s production and maintenance workforce. (Democrat & Chronicle, 3/14/02)

American Rock Salt Co., Geneseo (Livingston County), will lay off approximately 140 workers for a total of seven weeks over the next seven months beginning the week of March 23, with the first week of August being the seventh week. (Geneseo Local Office, 3/6/02)

Valeo Electric Systems Inc. wants to reduce its Rochester workforce by a minimum of 1,065 hourly employees by the end of 2003, as it attempts to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The auto parts maker proposed eliminating 675 hourly union jobs at its Lyell Avenue (Monroe County) plant by year’s end, another 390 jobs by 2003, and even further cuts in union and salaried workers by 2005. Valeo has about 2,600 workers at the plant. The International Union of Electrical Workers Communications Workers of America Local 509 represents about 2,200 union workers. (Democrat & Chronicle, 2/26/02)

(Update) Hansford Manufacturing (Monroe County) will lay off 130 workers on March 29 and close its plant on May 28. (Democrat & Chronicle, 2/13/02)

Transmation Products Group is laying off 57 people March 31 and closing its Ogden (Monroe County) plant on May 10. (Democrat & Chronicle, 2/13/02)

Foster Wheeler Energy Corp. is cutting back production of industrial boilers and laying off 175 of its 330 workers in Dansville (Livingston County). Hurt by the weakened U.S. economy and a worldwide slowdown in demand for new boilers, Foster Wheeler will cut the jobs by April. (Democrat & Chronicle, 2/6/02)

Frontier Communications (Monroe County) laid off 20 management employees in Rochester on 1/31/02. The layoffs were a combination of cost-cutting moves and elimination of overlapping jobs after some positions were moved to Rochester from Plano, Texas. (Democrat & Chronicle, 2/1/02)

Luster-Coate Metalizing Corp. employees were let go 1/29/02. The company has run out of funds and is closing its operations Churchville (Monroe County) and a satellite facility in Warsaw (Wyoming County). The Warsaw location employed about 80 people at one time, but had reduced the number to about 24 in recent years. (Office of Communications, 1/30/02)

(Update) Goodrich Corp./Garlock Sealing Technologies Inc. plans to lay off 63 hourly employees at its Palmyra (Wayne County) in February. The company is Wayne County’s largest employer. The company is also continuing the process of closing a smaller manufacturing plant in Sodus (Wayne County) that employed 55 people. In December, company officials planned to transfer the workers from Sodus to its plant in Palmyra; however, now the Sodus employees will receive severance packages and will not be able to relocate. Garlock has about 800 local workers. The company makes sealing products such as gaskets, packings and expansion joints. Palmyra workers could be recalled if business conditions improve. (Democrat & Chronicle, 1/30/02)

DT Industries Inc. is closing its Henrietta (Monroe County) plant by the end of April. The plant is the former Hansford Manufacturing Corp. and makes automated equipment. The company did not say how many jobs would be lost with the closing of the plant. (Democrat & Chronicle, 1/25/02)

Xerox Corp. will lay off about 300 salaried workers in Monroe County, effective March 24, 2002. The workers had their last day on 1/23/02, but will receive regular salary payments until March 23. Xerox has an ongoing drive to reduce its employment rolls, lower costs, invest in growing business lines and return to profitability. The majority of those losing their jobs work in Webster (Monroe County), but also includes cuts across the county. The majority in Webster are in positions such as technical support, administration and procurement professionals. (Democrat & Chronicle, 1/24/02)

Performance Technologies Inc. laid off 20 of its 200 employees, including fewer than a dozen in Rochester, as part of a budget-cutting move. (Democrat & Chronicle, 1/17/02)

Getinge/Castle Inc., Henrietta (Monroe County), could eliminate 100 jobs as part of a realignment. Getinge, a medical technology group, will move some sterilizer production from Henrietta to Sweden. Details are not complete, but a company spokesperson said about one-third of the 300 manufacturing jobs could be eliminated. About 450 people work at the Henrietta facility. (Democrat & Chronicle, 1/9/02)

Quality Farm and Fleet and Central Tractor Farm & Country are closing their stores around the country. Central Tractor has stores in Batavia (Genesee County), Canandaigua (Ontario County), Lyons (Wayne County) and Geneseo (Livingston County). The stores will be closed as soon as the inventory is liquidated. (Democrat & Chronicle, 1/5/02)

Ultralife Batteries, Newark (Wayne County), temporarily laid off approximately 45 workers on or about 1/3/02, as they wait for parts. It is projected that they could be laid off for up to two weeks. (Newark Local Office, 1/3/02)

(Update) Except for a small group of workers who will remain for another month, the last day for Xerox Corp. employees in Canandaigua (Ontario County) was 12/31/01. The company announced in June that it would close the plant and quit the inkjet business. Xerox employed a total of 425 people there and at a satellite facility in Farmington (Ontario County). The company did not say how many employees were offered jobs elsewhere and how many were laid off. (Daily Messenger, 12/31/01)

Unisys Corp., Farmington (Ontario County), has cut at least 50 employees – more than 16 percent of its local staff of nearly 300. Unisys is a services and technology company. The majority of the employees laid off December 12 worked in telesales and telemarketing. The local cuts are an effort to conserve costs in a difficult economy, particularly in the high-tech sector. The local cuts are part of 3,000 jobs the company in October said it would eliminate. (Rochester Business Journal, 12/21/01)

Champion Athleticwear, Perry (Wyoming County), ceased operations as of December 29, leaving more than 90 employees out of work. Two local businessmen will launch a new successor company, American Classic Outfitters, and are expected to pick up about 25 of the laid off employees. American Classic Outfitters will produce athletic apparel to sell to large corporations, including Champion, as well as offer knit and embroidered items. The company will also produce clothing under its own brand name and plans to open a retail outlet store at the plant. (The Daily News, 12/18/01)

Ames Department Store in Canandaigua (Ontario County) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in August and has decided to close. There are 58 full- and part-time employees in Canandaigua. The closing will occur over three months beginning December 30. (Daily Messenger, 12/6/01)

Strikes

(Update) Davenport Industries LLC ended their five-month strike and agreed to a new three-year contract. The 75 employees – members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1868 – approved Davenport’s request to loosen seniority restrictions, increase out-of-pocket health care costs and outsource some operations. Only two to four of the workers will return to their jobs on 2/11/02 to supplement eight managers and 12 replacement workers. Davenport will recall employees as demand for automatic screw machines rises. (Democrat & Chronicle, 2/8/02)

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