Premier Packaging to move to Henrietta

Premier Packaging Corp. plans to move its operations into a new 105,000-square-foot facility to meet growing customer demand. The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Document Security Systems Inc., expects to be operational in the new Henrietta space by the end of 2021.

For more than 25 years, Premier has provided solutions for paperboard packaging from heavy mailing envelopes and photo sleeves to sophisticated custom folding cartons and complex 3-dimensional direct mail solutions. Premier’s designs deliver functionality, marketability, sustainability and anti-counterfeiting technology.

Since taking over in July 2019, the DSS management team has accelerated the transformation of Premier’s operations, investing in new manufacturing equipment, people and processes to increase its capacity, improve quality and delivery and ensure it has the horsepower it needs to support its growing customer base and their evolving demands.

Jason Grady
Jason Grady

“Premier’s continued success is the result of our team’s dedication and commitment to quality and customer care. Leading with this customer-centric approach has paved the way for expansion through new business opportunities and continues to strengthen our organization’s culture. We look forward to the next phase of expanding and investing in our products, service, and team,” said Premier President and DSS Chief Operating Officer Jason Grady.

Empire State Development is assisting Premier by providing up to $700,000 in Excelsior Tax Credits in exchange for job creation commitments, with additional assistance commitments to support continued growth from Monroe County and Greater Rochester Enterprise Inc.

“We are grateful to Empire State Development, Greater Rochester Enterprise and New York Power Authority for providing Premier with an opportunity to advance our business,” Grady said. “As a multinational company we had several options when considering a new location, but with the help of ESD and New York State, we are able to continue to call this area home. The Upstate New York and Finger Lakes region is an ideal place for us to operate our business, service our customer base and further expand our offerings.”

Premier is currently located in Victor.

“We continue to build on our momentum amid growing customer demand,” said Bruce Stratton, vice president of operations at Premier. “We will be able to increase staffing by more than 50 percent when we begin operations at the new facility later this year. With greater access to major interstates nearby and a closer proximity to the strong Rochester workforce, the new manufacturing operation is well suited to support our aggressive growth plans.”

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Gorbel to expand to Henrietta, add 60 jobs

Victor’s Gorbel Inc. plans to expand with an office in Henrietta. The expansion will increase the company’s manufacturing presence and capability within New York. The move is expected to add some 60 jobs by the end of 2020.

Gorbel plans to host two hiring events at the new location at 1777 East Henrietta Road today and Aug. 18. The company is looking for welders, mechanical assemblers, electrical technicians, quality technicians and other general production support workers. Company officials said they plan to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing during the process.

“Our expansion into Henrietta demonstrates Gorbel’s commitment to growing manufacturing jobs in the region and is an exciting opportunity to align to our mission to ‘Improve People’s Lives,’ both for our employees as well as through our products,” said Tyler Brown, vice president of operations of Gorbel.

Gorbel was founded in 1977 by David Reh. In 1990, Gorbel outgrew its small Fairport location and moved to its current location in Victor. Brian Reh, David Reh’s son, took over the company as president in 2004 and added CEO to his title in 2010. Last year, Brian Reh transitioned into the role of CEO and David Pritchard became the president and COO.

The company is a leader in overhead material handling, ergonomic lifting and industrial fall protection.

“I was very happy to learn that Gorbel will be moving into the vacant space in the former Getinge facility, and more importantly, adding 60 new high-quality manufacturing jobs to Henrietta and Monroe County, with the possibility of more in the future,” said Henrietta Town Supervisor Stephen Schultz. “The town has been working with developers like Donohoe Management and LeChase Development to try to encourage reuse of existing facilities so it is great to see this opportunity come to fruition. Gorbel’s success and upward trajectory will have a strong positive benefit to the Town and the greater community as a whole.”

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URMC proposes $240 million bone center at Marketplace Mall

University of Rochester Medical Center is developing plans to build a $240 million bone and joint center in the former Sears store at Marketplace Mall.

Mall owner Wilmorite and university officials plan to share their plans with the Henrietta Town Board Nov. 25 as they seek the first approvals necessary for building the orthopedic center.

Preliminary rendering of UR's proposed orthopedic center to be built at Markeplace Mall. Image supplied.
Preliminary rendering of UR’s proposed orthopedic center to be built at Marketplace Mall. (Image supplied)

The UR Medicine Orthopaedics & Physical Performance Center is planned to be 330,000 square feet, making it the biggest off-campus building project in UR’s history.

Wilmorite and UR officials said they’ve signed an agreement for the university to purchase the vacant Sears and surrounding property to build the center. The deal still needs to be approved by the UR board of trustees and the New York State Department of Health, but $11 million has been committed for project design. If the various approvals are granted, the project should be completed by 2023.

“The University of Rochester is proud to be the leading healthcare provider across much of upstate New York and the Southern Tier,” said UR President Sarah C. Mangelsdorf. “We are delighted to be expanding our services with the creation of this innovative new orthopedic facility.”

Mark Taubman M.D. and CEO of URMC, said the center will meet growing demand for orthopedic surgery and outpatient visits, as well as increase the range of services available. “We’ve seen a 25 percent increase in orthopedic surgery cases over the past seven years, and a 60 percent increase in ambulatory visits in the same period of time,” Taubman said.

In addition, added Paul T. Rubery M.D., head of UR’s Department of Orthopaedics, demographic changes are suggesting a rising need for services, as the population of 50 million Americans older than 65 is expected to double by 2060.

The center would include wellness services designed to prevent the need for surgery in some cases; sports medicine services, imaging and outpatient surgery. It would be nearly three times the size of an ambulatory orthopedic center UR built at Clinton Crossings 19 years ago.

As shopping malls have been suffering a decline in shoppers due to a migration to online shopping in recent years, Wilmorite has been changing Marketplace Mall’s mix to include entertainment businesses.

“This will truly be a ‘transformative’ development for The Marketplace Mall, reinventing the property for mixed-use, and providing retail, entertainment and services all under one roof,” said Paul Wilmot, president of Wilmorite. “Mixed-use is the wave of the future for many enclosed shopping centers and we are pleased to be able to bring this to The Marketplace Mall so quickly after the exiting of a department store.”

He continued, “We see the University of Rochester project as an opportunity to attract exciting new tenants. The Marketplace Mall currently has nearly 100 tenants and will remain open throughout the process. We hope the community continues to support our retailers and restaurants as we work to transform The Marketplace Mall.”

UR officials said they plan to raise the money to build the center through existing university funds, borrowing and philanthropy.

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Goodwill moves away from plastic bags

Goodwill stores in Henrietta and Macedon, Wayne County, stopped using disposable plastic bags for purchases on Monday, and the chain of thrift stores intends to end plastic bag usage at all Rochester and Syracuse-area stores before the statewide ban goes into effect March. 1.

During this pilot period for the Henrietta and Macedon stores, workers are encouraging shoppers to bring their own reusable shopping bags, or buy reusable bags made from recycled materials for 99 cents.

“Goodwill is piloting this new reusable bags program to give our shoppers time to transition into the habit of bringing their own bags shopping with them,” says Jennifer Lake, president of Goodwill of the Finger Lakes.

Lake said eliminating plastic bags go hand-in-hand with Goodwill’s commitment to divert 25 million of pounds of waste from local landfills each year.

“Goodwill was a pioneer of the sustainability movement, and we are determined to carry on that legacy by encouraging our shoppers to switch to reusable bags,” she said. “They are the best solution to solve the problem of single-use plastic shopping bags.”

Goodwill opted not to move to paper bags because of the environmental costs associated with them, too, Lake said.

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Optics manufacturer invests in Henrietta facility, to add 23 jobs

Optics manufacturer Viavi Solutions Inc. is growing its operations in the town of Henrietta, following the acquisition of RPC Photonics last year.

Empire State Development officials said the company would create up to 23 jobs and retain 44 at the new, 30,000-square-foot plant on John Street. The expansion is expected to be completed in February.

“The Finger Lakes region is home to talent-rich companies like Viavi Solutions that continue to expand and create good-paying jobs here, reflecting New York State’s strategic investment in business expansion and regional growth,” ESD Acting Commissioner, President and CEO-Designate Eric Gertler said in a statement.

In May, Imagine Monroe, the county’s industrial development arm, said it had approved incentives for real estate holding company 1050 John Street LLC to construct the building for Viavi. Viavi also received a sales tax exemption on purchases of construction materials for furniture, fixtures and equipment totaling $3.05 million, while 1050 John Street receives JobsPlus property tax abatement, sales and mortgage recording tax exemption on the construction of the $4.55 million building.

The total project cost was estimated at $7.85 million and Imagine Monroe at the time had said it would create five positions over three years.

The new facility replaces the current 17,000-square-foot plant, providing the needed infrastructure for enhanced product development and manufacturing, officials said this month. The additional space will include the construction of a state-of-the-art ISO Class 5 cleanroom.

“RPC Photonics was acquired by Viavi in order to expand our offerings in the 3D sensing space and to leverage its resources in adjacent sectors,” said Luke Scrivanich, Viavi’s senior vice president and general manager for optical security and performance products business. “We look forward to expanding and modernizing our capabilities in Monroe County. This area is renowned for its talent in optics technology and we expect to continue to recruit and hire from the local colleges and universities.”

Viavi focuses its operations on the optical security and performance products business in high-performance custom optics by providing light management solutions for the consumer electronics, automotive, industrial, government and anti-counterfeiting markets.

ESD agreed to provide incentives of up to $400,000 through its Excelsior Jobs Programs in exchange for job creation commitments. Greater Rochester Enterprise also was instrumental in ensuring the company would expand and grow here rather than moving its local manufacturing operations to the company’s facilities in Asia, officials said.

“Being located near two nationally ranked research universities, each with an emphasis on different portions of the photonics industry, Monroe County, and especially Henrietta, is a prime location for a photonics company to expand operations,” Henrietta Town Supervisor Steve Schultz said in the statement. “We are very glad that Viavi recognizes the strength of our area and is willing to invest in the acquisition of RPC Photonics and the expansion of their facilities, which will include the creation of an additional 23 jobs in the industry.”

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CarMax launches nationwide job fair

Used-car dealer CarMax is conducting a nationwide hiring drive Sept. 12 to add 850 new technicians and dealers, including some in the Rochester area.

Hiring drives will be held from noon to 7 p.m. at 17 CarMax stores, including the Rochester CarMax, 3600 West Henrietta Road in Henrietta. Job hunters can also apply online. The Rochester dealership is seeking 27 new employees.

CarMax lays claim to being the largest used car dealer in the country, selling 750,000 used cars and 450,000 wholesale vehicles in the last fiscal year.

The company has openings for automotive technicians, painters and detailers, and inventory associates.

“Our technicians have the opportunity to continuously increase their technical expertise by working on a variety of vehicle makes and models,” said Tyrone Payton, vice president of regional service operations. “We have some of the best work environments in the industry: well equipped, climate-controlled facilities with state-of-the-art tools and technologies.”

CarMax has been on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 15 years.

More information on local openings and the opportunity to register ahead of time is available online.

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New casual restaurant opens in Henrietta

110 Grill, a restaurant chain that began in Chelmsford, Mass., in 2014 is opening its 25th location this week in Henrietta.

Though 110 Grill will have a ribbon cutting and private event Thursday night, it officially opens to the public on Monday at 4 p.m. The restaurant’s address is 780 Jefferson Road, a location formerly occupied by Wild Buffalo Wings.

Hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are thrilled to continue our expansion into New York state, and introduce our modern-American concept with our first location in Monroe County,” said Ryan Dion, 110 Grill’s chief operating officer.  The chain’s other locations include one that opened in Middletown in June, and others in Albany and Syracuse. The other 110 Grill restaurants are located in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The restaurant’s lunch and dinner menus include American favorites that have roots in other parts of the world, such as short-rib risotto, tempura-battered shrimp, grilled tuna, and Mediterranean appetizer plates. The menu changes seasonally.

The Henrietta restaurant will seat 180 in a space comprising more than 5,000 square feet. The 110 Grill restaurants typically include patio seating with a fire pit, open kitchens and private dining rooms in an upscale casual setting.

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Burlington opens at new Henrietta location

Burlington has moved its store from Southtown Plaza and is set for a grand opening May 3 in the former Toys R Us property in Henrietta.

Burlington is moving its Henrietta store
Burlington’s Henrietta store is ready to open.

“We are thrilled to remain in the community, providing local residents with a new shopping experience for the entire family,” said Tom Kingsbury, president, CEO and chairman, Burlington Stores. The new store is at 654 Hylan Drive, next door to Wegmans.

The grand opening will start with a ribbon cutting at 8:45 a.m., and the first 500 shoppers will receive free tote bags. Family events and giveaways will continue on May 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The store has hired approximately 75 employees. Burlington, formerly known as Burlington Coat Factory, offers apparel and shoes for adults and children at discounted prices. The store also sells accessories, home furnishings, toys, baby furnishings and, of course, coats.

Burlington operates nearly 700 stores in the United States.

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