Rochester, NY and Eastman Business Park could be the next new hotspot for bio-materials manufacturing, especially for processes that require fermentation. In 2019, DuPont opened the world’s largest probiotics fermentation unit at Eastman Business Park. The new facility takes advantage of the breadth of utilities originally installed by Eastman Kodak Company at the site.
Utilities include almost limitless fresh water, steam, chilled water and electricity produced at the site’s 117-MegaWatt tri-generation power plant and the onsite industrial waste water treatment plant. In addition to the right utilities, Eastman Business Park boasts excellent transportation resources, 5 minutes from the interstate system and with 13 miles of rail stretching to every part of the sprawling Park.
Any biomaterials company seeking continuous innovation needs to employ the best chemists, opticians, engineers, and operators. Luckily, Rochester has those in spades.
The region, armed with top-level institutions such as the University of Rochester, Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology and Monroe Community College, has some of the best talent around. The area ranks first in the country for degrees in the Physical Sciences, and second in the country for those in the Biological Sciences on a per capita basis.
Eastman Business Park can offer an additional advantage: the Finger Lakes Forward Workforce Development Center dedicated to teaching workers the skills necessary to meet the needs of industrial manufacturers is a short bus ride away.
These are the main reasons why Eastman Business Park and the Rochester, NY area are optimal locations for bio-materials manufacturing:
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DuPont unveiled the unit at its facility on Lexington Avenue. The unit helps produce probiotics for the dietary supplement and food and beverage industries. Here is an exclusive six-part behind the scenes look at the new plant, what exactly happens and how it all works.
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