IBM Rochester Marks Company’s Centennial Year

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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  • len

    Thank you, IBM, for all you have done for us.

  • Stan

    IBM has been good to Minnesota..

    Looks like IBM had to have this meeting Dayton now because IBM is planning an announcement to affect all domestic IBM sites. China will be doing most of IBM manufacturing in the near future so Dayton had to come to Rochester today.

    Thanks IBM.

  • Bubba

    I wish the Governer and the 2 idiot senators could do something for Minnesota other than increase welfare benefits, which cost the hard working tax payers. So you go to Rochester at the Tax Payers Expense and get a Free Lunch at the Tax Payers Expense at a time when we dont have the money to pay for it.

  • Fred Benson

    I need to find a part time job to make extra money. Since Dayton increased the minimum wage to $ 7.50 per hour, noone wants to hire me. My kids want to find summer jobs and there arent any because businesses dont want to pay such a high wage to kids that dont bring much benefit to the business.

  • Lori

    IBM in Rochester would be 10 times bigger is Minnesota wasnt such an Unionized Welfare State. If you keep voting for Democrats, you keep voting yourself out of a job as you are voting against business.

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