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IBM Rochester Marks Company’s Centennial Year

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s governor and both its U.S. senators will be in Rochester on Thursday to celebrate IBM Corp.’s centennial year.

Gov. Mark Dayton and Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken will speak at a program called IBM on Display. It will bring together academics, business leaders and employees to look at technology advancements, societal milestones and leadership innovations by IBM employees in Minnesota.

IBM marks its 100th anniversary as a corporation on June 16. The company’s presence in Minnesota dates back to 1915, and IBM selected Rochester in 1956 for a huge plant that was dedicated in 1958. It remains one of Rochester’s largest employers, and has been known lately for its work on the Blue Gene line of supercomputers.

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