Corning celebrates expansion groundbreaking

Nov. 16, 2007
November 16, 2007 -- Corning Inc. this week broke ground on a previously announced $300 million facility improvement plan for the company's Sullivan Park Research and Development campus near Corning, N.Y.

November 16, 2007 -- Corning Inc. this week broke ground on a previously announced $300 million facility improvement plan for the company's Sullivan Park Research and Development campus near Corning, N.Y. According to a press release, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer helped lead the ceremonial groundbreaking, along with Corning leadership, employees and invited dignitaries.

The expansion plan for research center includes significant renovation of an existing research and development building and construction of a new facility. Results are expected to include increased operational efficiency, flexibility, space utilization and energy efficiency. All phases of this project are expected to be completed by 2013, with expenditures phased over the course of this six-year period.

"Today's groundbreaking represents an important milestone in our continuing commitment to excellence in research and development, and to the southern tier of New York State," commented Corning's chairman and CEO, Wendell P. Weeks

Weeks traced Corning's history of commitment to research from developing the glass envelope to commercializing Thomas Edison's electric light bulb, to developing cathode ray tubes that enabled the growth of television, to today's some of today's newest technology, e.g. ultra-bendable fiber.

"Today's announcement demonstrates that great companies like Corning are investing in upstate New York's innovation economy because they understand its potential," said Governor Spitzer. "These are the type of key projects that will continue to drive the revival of the upstate economy and the Southern Tier."

Corning chief technology officer Dr. Joseph A. Miller spoke of Corning as an organization that thrives on creating "first-of-a-kind, life-changing innovations." He attributed the company's "ongoing success in research and development to a special recipe: a centralized and collaborative R&D environment, a vibrant innovation heritage, and a community of talented employees."

Assistance for the expansion project has been offered by the Empire State Development Corporation, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and the New York State Department of Transportation in the forms of a $1.5 million capital grant; up to $1.5 million in project funding; and up to $750,000 in Industrial Access Program funding, respectively. The Industrial Access Program funding is to be applied for by the town or county.

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