A lead article in this month's Site Selection magazine focuses on two Eastman Business Park tenants who are setting up shop at EBP with the strong support of various agencies of New York State.
The article by magazine editor Ron Starner features executives of NOHMS and Naturally Scientific, who discuss why they chose Rochester, NY - and specifically Eastman Business Park - as the place to expand their businesses.
Both companies say their collective choice of upstate New York is largely based on current business-friendly reforms by the State of New York under Governor Andrew Cuomo.
However, the availability of top talent in the region, coupled with the unique infrastructure at EBP geared toward commercialization of next generation clean technology products, are key factors that ultimately tipped the scales in upstate New York's favor.
Rich Delmerico, vice president of engineering and operations for NOHMs notes that Eastman Business Park in Rochester "is the perfect location for our business. All of the essential resources are here," he says. "The area provides great manufacturing support."
Keith Wilson, managing partner of Naturally Scientific U.S., concurs with Delmerico's assessment of Rochester.
"We looked at Houston, Florida and other locations before choosing Rochester as our home base," Wilson says. "We looked at logistics, cost of living, and the cost of deployment of our technology. New York was very motivated to bring our technology to the state due to the job potential it offers. New York is really open for business."
At EBP, NOHMS Technologies plans to commercialize next generation lithium-sulfur batteries featuring advanced chemistries for cell phones, portable radios and motor vehicles ranging from spacecraft to electric cars. (NOHMS stands for Nanoscale Organic Hybrid Materials).
Naturally Scientific U.S., a joint venture between UK-based Naturally Scientific and New York-based BCW Chemicals, plans to bring 50 new jobs to EBP by 2016 and 170 jobs by 2018. The company will use newly developed patented technology to reproduce high-value plant and vegetable oils.
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