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Eastman Kodak to lay off 35 workers

Rochester Business Journal
March 24, 2014

Eastman Kodak Co. plans to lay off 35 workers at Eastman Business Park, a filing with the state shows.

The company submitted a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act filing on Friday with state Department of Labor. The notice states the layoffs are to take place June 14. The reason for the layoff is stated as economic.

The job cuts relates to film manufacturing areas and the reduced volumes for motion picture film, said Kodak spokesman Christopher Veronda. The cuts were reported when it was announced to employees. The WARN Notice reflects the actual termination notices going out, he said.

Kodak last week reported its local workforce had dropped to 2,300 employees as of year-end 2013, down from 3,429 a year earlier. The decrease included workers that transferred to companies that obtained Kodak businesses, including Kodak Alaris.

The company detailed its year-end 2013 employment Wednesday when it reported its year-end financial results. The company reported 8,800 worldwide workers, but that will shrink by 800 non-U.S. employees slated to be transferred in 2014 to Kodak Alaris. The company has 3,600 U.S. workers.

The 33 percent drop puts the region's longtime top employer at No. 12, according to the Rochester Business Journal's most recent list of private-sector employers. Kodak's local employment peaked at 60,400 in 1982. It lost its status as the region's top private-sector employer in the middle of the last decade.

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