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Eastman Business Park to get battery plant with $1.2M ESD grant

Empire State Development, the region’s economic development agency, is providing $1.2 million from the Upstate Revitalization Initiative toward a new manufacturing facility at the Eastman Business Park. 

The center will be for the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium Inc., or NY-BEST, in partnership with Eastman Kodak Co.

“With this new cell assembly center, Rochester becomes a national hub for battery innovation and production. At the same time, it expands the applications for Kodak-coated films,” said Eastman Business Park President Dolores Kruchten.

Plans call for the installation of two multi-user battery cell assembly lines at the business park. The new lines will complement existing roll-to-roll coating capability and expertise at Kodak; a battery assembly prototype lab at Rochester Institute of Technology; and the BEST Test and Commercialization Center, a battery cell commercialization and testing center in the same building. 

New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium was created in 2010 to position the state as a global leader in energy storage technology and its applications. The organization has more than 150 members, according to its website. 

The battery cell assembly facility, which will be operated by Kodak in partnership with NY-BEST, will use equipment supplied by Kodak and is expected to begin operations by July. 

The project is expected to create nine jobs by 2019 while expanding opportunities to develop and market new products, potentially attracting new business to the 1,200-acre business park. 

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