Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) today celebrated 50 years of manufacturing and innovation at its facility on River Street in Oneonta.
The long legacy of manufacturing disposable labware by leveraging our precision forming process at the Oneonta facility has created a host of business opportunities for Corning in the life sciences industry, Corning executives said Friday at an anniversary ceremony at the facility. Products made in Oneonta, together with other Corning Life Sciences facilities, remain critical in the discovery and development of advancements in cell culture research, bioprocess, and microbiology.
“Corning’s Oneonta plant has thrived for five decades thanks to vital products, exceptional processes, and – most importantly – dedicated people,” said Wendell P. Weeks, chief executive officer, and president.
“Oneonta is a key part of Corning’s Life Sciences business, responsible for manufacturing products such as flasks for tissue culture and roller bottles for vaccine production. Oneonta’s products are the foundation of a broad range of laboratory work and help enable vital research techniques such as cell culturing, which increase our understanding of diseases and how to treat them,” Weeks said.
The facility opened in 1967 and originally produced glass ceramic material for building cladding and commercial furniture applications. In 1974, it transitioned to products for cell research and has been supplying innovative products used in labs worldwide.
“Oneonta employees have played such a vital role in this community,” said Lisa Ferrero, senior vice president and chief administrative officer. “This workforce really shows the community what our Values are all about – from the inspiring work you do with the local ARC, to the support you show for SUNY Oneonta, to the mentoring program for local high school students.”
Also at the event, personnel at the Oneonta facility were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for achieving the ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry by increasing energy efficiency by 14.3 percent within a three-year span. To meet the challenge, industrial sites had to achieve an energy efficiency gain of at least 10 percent in five years or less.
Corning Life Sciences brings new and innovative laboratory technologies to researchers worldwide and helps customers succeed by providing innovative, high-quality products and services in the areas of polymer science, biochemistry and molecular biology, glass melting and forming, surface modification, and characterization science.
To learn more about Corning Life Sciences products, contact a customer service representative at (800) 492-1110; outside the United States, call (978) 442-2200; or visit www.corning.com/lifesciences.
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About Corning Incorporated
Corning (www.corning.com) is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a 166-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramics science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people's lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in RD&E, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and deep, trust-based relationships with customers who are global leaders in their industries.
Corning's capabilities are versatile and synergistic, which allows the company to evolve to meet changing market needs, while also helping our customers capture new opportunities in dynamic industries. Today, Corning's markets include optical communications, mobile consumer electronics, display technology, automotive, and life sciences vessels. Corning's industry-leading products include damage-resistant cover glass for mobile devices; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for state-of-the-art communications networks; trusted products to accelerate drug discovery and delivery; and clean-air technologies for cars and trucks.