Today has been a bad day for employees at Kodak in Rochester, NY, but also for retirees, families and everyone who has ever used a Kodak product. The company has played an important role in so many lives in the last century, making it possible for people to easily capture their memories through film.
Robert Burley, a photography professor at Ryerson University in Toronto told the Washington Post, “One of the interesting parts of this bankruptcy story is everyone’s saddened by it… There’s a kind of emotional connection to Kodak for many people. You could find that name inside every American household and, in the last five years, it’s disappeared.”
For many, it seems as if the digital revolution was the cause of bankruptcy, making a big company like Kodak into a smaller one. But for a lot of people, company was a sign of stability. People were able to buy house and cars, and fund their lives, thanks to the company.
Passing by his old workplace, former employee Ugo Carrozzi says to WHEC.com that Kodak changed his life. “It’s really bad, you know? I feel bad. I love that company. I bought my house here when I started at Kodak. I’m sad…”
This feeling of sadness is felt from people that don’t work in Kodak, but who saw it as an icon. Some believe that this is the end of the company, but others believe the opposite – that Kodak still has a lot to offer.
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