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In January 2012, after seeing its share price plummet almost 90 percent the year before and reporting hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, Eastman Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and spent much of 2012 making executive changes, cutting jobs and ending several retiree benefits to save money.

“It’s a mere shadow of what it once was, and I feel sorry for those folks who are burdened with trying to make it a world-class organization again; they’ve got their work ahead of them,” Miller said. “I wish them all the luck in the world.”

Kodak Alaris, a company separate from Kodak, which now owns and runs the Windsor site, cut 10 percent of its workforce - roughly 20 jobs - earlier this month.

More than 200 people now work at the facility, said Kodak Alaris Worldwide Communications Director Audrey Jonckheer.

“(Windsor) is going to continue to be a key manufacturing site for us,” Jonckheer said, adding that the facility is the worldwide supplier of Kodak Alaris’s thermal donor ribbons and display film products as well as the site of its regional finishing operations for color negative paper and thermal products.

“The changes in staffing really are part of a plan to drive efficiency, and people may not quite understand that, but oftentimes in order to streamline efficiency sometimes those sort of staffing changes do need to take place,” Jonckheer said.

From Kodak Alaris’s perspective, the Windsor site remains an important piece of its business now and in the future, she added.

Bud Miller’s daughter, Stacy Johnson, was - at 5 weeks old - possibly the youngest Kodak transplant to come to Colorado for Kodak.

Johnson now works in Windsor as director of the town’s economic development department.

While mentioning Kodak bringing numerous jobs to the area and attracting other businesses and companies to Windsor, Johnson said the town is not just looking back on the company’s contributions.

“While they brought a lot and they meant a lot to Windsor, I think we will continue to look toward the future to fill the vacancies that occur as they downsize and if they decide to leave completely,” Johnson said.

Echoing Johnson’s thoughts, Knight, spoke of how important Kodak has been to the town and what it’s meant for the area’s future.

“Very early on, I think Windsor had an understanding that it had a partner, a community partner, in Kodak,” Knight said, noting its many contributions to the town.

“I think that Kodak remains a presence in the community, and we have much to be thankful for their presence here, but we understand that things change so quickly in the economic climate of Northern Colorado, and I think that they’ve provided us good preparation for moving into that next chapter,” Knight said.

As for the change in Kodak’s presence within the town, Knight said she thinks the community has felt it “keenly,” especially the people, including Miller, who worked at the site for years.

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