August 19, 2011

High Tech Jobs Headed to Canandaigua

By: by Mike Hedeen


Ontario County is getting some new high tech jobs as Moser Baer Technologies begins manufacturing the latest product in energy-efficient lighting.

The company will make organic light-emitting diode panels at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Canandaigua.

In a time when American jobs are being shipped overseas, the New Delhi, India based firm has decided to bring these manufacturing jobs from India to the Finger Lakes region.

"I live in Rochester; I worked for Kodak for several years and work in organic LED technology here," said Raj Rajeswaran, Moser Baer CEO. "I know there's a talent pool that I can depend upon. That's one reason. Another one is this facility's a wonderful facility and I think there's space here for what we have to do."

Moser Baer will renovate vacant space at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering to create 10,000 foot manufacturing site. When completed in January, 60 new jobs will be available with up to 150 more expected as the company continues to grow.

"In today's economy, this is the kind of thing that makes communities grow," said Ted Fafinski, Chairman of the Ontario County Board of Supervisors. "I think Ontario County and the Finger Lakes region, with its quality of life, makes a perfect place to attract the talent and retain the talent in this area."

Moser Baer will produce razor thin organic LED lighting systems that company officials say will use less electricity and have a longer life than CFL bulbs.

"These are very high energy efficient forms of lighting," Rajeswaran explained. "Every unit of current you put into a device, 94 percent gets converted to light and not heat. So in the days of energy efficiency and energy deficiencies and dependence on several people, this is a very important energy efficient gain."