Bausch & Lomb

Bausch & Lomb was founded in 1853 when John Jacob Bausch opened a small optical goods shop in Rochester, NY.  Bausch and Lomb began with the creation of rubber eyeglass frames and went on to patent binoculars, microscopes and other items such as a camera shutter. Bausch & Lomb is best known for its novel […]

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American Laundry Machinery Company

Workers exposed to asbestos at The American Laundry Machinery Company are at risk for developing mesothelioma or lung cancer. In 1907 The American Laundry Machinery Company was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio. Originally, The American Laundry Machinery Company was a laundry machine manufacturer. In 1930, The American Laundry Machinery Company opened a facility at 110 Buffalo […]

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Pinco

In 1904, Fred Locke purchased six acres of land in Lima, New York, in order to build a porcelain insulator manufacturing plant, known as the Lima Insulator Company. These insulators were placed on top of telegraph and power lines and aided in conducting high voltage electricity. Hard times hit the Lima plant in 1908 when […]

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Working With or Around Asbestos at Kodak

The men and women who worked at Kodak Park were exposed to asbestos in numerous buildings and operations, including roll coating, silver recovery, plastic molding, paper manufacturing, paper sensitizing and the powerhouses. Asbestos also insulated the steam lines in every building throughout Kodak Park. Exposure to asbestos can cause mesothelioma or lung cancer. In recent […]

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University of Rochester

The University of Rochester was founded in 1850 by a group of Baptist sponsors. The University’s campus was originally located on West Main Street in downtown, Rochester, New York. In the mid 1920s and due to increasing student enrollment, the University relocated its main campus to its current location, which is two miles south of […]

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St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester

Located on Genesee Street in Rochester, New York, St. Mary’s Hospital was established in 1857 by the Catholic Daughters of Charity. It was the first hospital established in Rochester, New York. In 1941, the current main building at St. Mary’s Hospital was constructed, and in 1985, a major expansion and renovation project was completed. St. […]

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Stromberg-Carlson

In 1894, the Stromberg-Carlson Telephone Manufacturing Company was established in Chicago, Illinois, by Alfred Stromberg and Androv Carlson. The company relocated to Rochester, New York, in 1902, after it was purchased by the Home Telephone Company. Located on Carlson Road, Stromberg-Carlson manufactured communications equipment for the telephone and radio industries. In 1955, it was acquired […]

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Strong Memorial Hospital

Strong Memorial Hospital was established in 1926, through funding provided by Kodak founder George Eastman and the heirs of former Kodak president Henry A. Strong. Owned and operated by the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital is part of the University of Rochester Medical Center. As a teaching hospital, Strong provides education and training to current and […]

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SUNY Brockport

In 1836, the Baptist Association of Western New York attempted to establish a college in Brockport, New York. After construction commenced, the Baptist Association’s financial difficulties caused contractors to foreclose on the building and grounds. In 1841, forty-five Brockport citizens purchased the foreclosed property. The following year, the same group of citizens founded the Brockport […]

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SUNY Geneseo

Founded in 1871 as the Wadsworth Normal and Training School, the State University of New York College at Geneseo (SUNY Geneseo) became a state liberal arts college in 1948. SUNY Geneseo’s total enrollment is around 5,000 students and is considered to have one of the most rigorous academic programs in the SUNY system. The campus […]

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History of Rochester Gas & Electric

Since its inception The Rochester Gas and Electric Company (RG&E) has been an innovative leader in energy delivery. The company was consolidated under its current name in 1919, but its roots date back to the mid-nineteenth century. In the late 1800’s, The Rochester Gas Light Company, a predecessor parent company of RG&E, was one of […]

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Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

When it was originally founded in 1891, the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) was located in downtown, Rochester, New York, and known as the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute. In 1961, due to increasing student enrollment and expanded course offerings, RIT’s administration relocated the university’s campus to its current location in Henrietta, New York. Construction […]

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Nine Mile Point Nuclear Power Plant

Construction on Niagara Mohawk’s Nine Mile Point nuclear power plant began in 1965, and it went into commercial operation in December, 1969. Nine Mile Point’s plant shares a 900 acre site with the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant, and it is located about five miles northeast of Oswego, New York on the shore of Lake Ontario. […]

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R.C. Siebert

From the 1950s to the 1980s, R.C. Siebert, a Rochester-based company, laid a great deal of water, sewer and utility pipe lines in and around Rochester, New York. Rochester Gas and Electric hired R.C. Siebert to install pipes that housed gas and electric lines. In a similar capacity, R.C. Siebert also installed pipe lines for […]

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Rochester Acoustical Corporation

The Rochester Acoustical Corporation was established in 1958 in Rochester, New York.  It was a prominent contracting company involved in the application of asbestos-containing spray-on fireproofing at job sites throughout the Rochester area.  Rochester Acoustical also applied asbestos-containing joint compound (mud) that was used during construction to cover nail holes and seams between sheets of […]

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