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A high tech company is expanding at the Eastman Business Park in Rochester and is creating up to 30 new jobs.

That’s according to Empire State Development, which says a ‘bioperformance company’ called GreenLight Biosciences will build a pilot plant at the business park that will support the production of RNA-based solutions for the agriculture and healthcare industries.

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Kodak has been hiring some people over the last couple of years. And many of those positions involve the company’s legacy, the film business.

Kodak recently revealed that it has signed long-term contracts to keep supplying motion picture film to the major Hollywood studios, including Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros.

Eastman Kodak has confirmed reports that it has signed new deals with five major film studios including Disney, NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros. Those companies have made a commitment to buy film for the foreseeable future.

Kodak has not said at this point how long those contracts are for, but did indicate this is a "long term deal."

Kodak is the last big supplier of motion picture film. Competitor Fujifilm stopped its production in 2013.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, there are plans for a huge, hydroponic greenhouse  that will grow baby leaf greens at the Eastman Business Park. Plus, groundbreaking and construction is starting for a new hotel in Rochester’s East End, and some jobs are opening up at both Wegmans and the U.S. Postal Service.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, DuPont is expanding its footprint at Eastman Business Park, a Webster-based automation company is expanding - which means more jobs, and a Fastrac gas and convenience stores have new ownership.

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There is new leadership coming to the Eastman Business Park.

Kodak announced on Thursday that Dolores Kruchten is retiring from her position as leader of the business park and Kodak Corporate Real Estate.

Kruchten has had a 36-year career as a senior executive with Kodak. She took over as Vice President of the business park in 2015.

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Eastman Kodak and Kodak Alaris (the company that was spun off from Kodak some years ago) have announced the availability of the Kodak Ektachrome Film line.

That’s a film that had been around for years, and among other things was used to make color film slides.

With the shift to digital, the film has been out of production for several years, but the company had announced in early 2017 it was bringing it back, and this week it began to be available for shipping. The film is being produced at the Eastman Business Park in Rochester.

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We’re learning more about the show that was being filmed recently at Eastman Business Park.

Netflix says the film shoot that involved race cars at various hours of the day and night was for a show called Hyperdrive, billed as a “high stakes tournament series where daring drivers from across the globe compete for the glory on one of the largest automotive obstacle courses ever constructed.”

Netflix says it will be a 10 episode production that will launch in 2019.

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Local Kodak and government officials recently celebrated the completion of a $75 million dollar new boiler house located in Eastman Business Park.

That was part of the conversion of the utility plants at the industrial park earlier this year from coal to natural gas.

Eric Gottung is project manager. He works for RED-Rochester, the company that runs utilities at the business park.

He says the conversion from coal to natural gas brings a number of advantages including the fact that it’s better for the environment.

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There was an historic moment at the Eastman Business Park on Tuesday. Kodak officials marked the arrival of the last train car of coal brought to that plant to fuel its power plant, before the plant’s power system is converted to all natural gas.

The president of the park, Dolores Kruchten, says newer regulations required a major change to be made with the coal-fired plant.

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