Lehigh County photo processing lab to...

Lehigh County photo processing lab to close

There are 180 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jan 22, 2009, titled Lehigh County photo processing lab to close. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A photo processing lab in Hanover Township, Lehigh County , that employs about 100 people will close by the end of March 2009 as its parent company, Eastman Kodak , discontinues its wholesale photo finishing ...

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heck

Allentown, PA

#1 Jan 22, 2009
I'm surprised they didn't close it sooner. Digital photos are so much better and more cost-effective. Who needs a bunch of print photos sitting in a drawer taking up precious space in the house?

Since: Mar 07

Harleysville, PA

#2 Jan 22, 2009
Digital is the way to go.

For prints, the best deal I've seen is at http://photo.walgreens.com

Upload photos, order prints.

If you want to send prints to distant relatives, you can specify the nearest store, and arrange mail delivery or pickup.
4REAL

Allentown, PA

#3 Jan 22, 2009
Not surprised. I used to work there when the place was really busy and thank goodness I don't work there anymore. I just feel bad for the old friends that do still work there. There are a couple of "lifers" there that have done nothing else but work there their entire lives but technology wiped the business out.
Terminator

Allentown, PA

#4 Jan 22, 2009
Out place them to where?
4REAL

Allentown, PA

#5 Jan 22, 2009
Terminator wrote:
Out place them to where?
To your neighborhood Walmart. There is no need for a place like this anymore. It truly is a Dinsoaur....sad but true!
ex-employee

Catasauqua, PA

#6 Jan 22, 2009
I use to work there also, I also feel sorry for all the "lifers" who work there. Im just happy i got out when I did. I think another thing that hurt the company was the amount of overtime they paid out. I remember sometimes working up to 65 hrs a week, thats alot of extra money going out.
scott

Bethlehem, PA

#7 Jan 22, 2009
closing is long overdue. that was the worst place i ever worked
4REAL

Allentown, PA

#8 Jan 22, 2009
scott wrote:
closing is long overdue. that was the worst place i ever worked
I understand your feelings. I hear that from alot of the people I know that have worked there. It all started with the Duche running the place...black haired Italian guy name John. That guy sucked!!

Since: Mar 07

Harleysville, PA

#9 Jan 22, 2009
4REAL wrote:
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I understand your feelings. I hear that from alot of the people I know that have worked there. It all started with the Duche running the place...black haired Italian guy name John. That guy sucked!!

This is typical. Some low-level worker in a dying industry, too stupid to have recognized the trends of the past two decades,-- blames management for the company going down the crapper.

Is there any wonder why companies don't want to operate in the LV ?!!!
ex-employee

Catasauqua, PA

#10 Jan 22, 2009
4REAL wrote:
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I understand your feelings. I hear that from alot of the people I know that have worked there. It all started with the Duche running the place...black haired Italian guy name John. That guy sucked!!
I actually didnt mind working there but 3rd shift finally got to me. lol on the john commment. How long ago did u work there?
4REAL

Allentown, PA

#11 Jan 22, 2009
Dennis Mac wrote:
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This is typical. Some low-level worker in a dying industry, too stupid to have recognized the trends of the past two decades,-- blames management for the company going down the crapper.
Is there any wonder why companies don't want to operate in the LV ?!!!
First off Dennis HACK...I worked there before I went to college which by the way I graduated with a degree in Engineering and I now work for a Fortune 500 company making more money than I ever dreamed so save your Bullsh*t little story about ex workers. Your probably some un-educated welfare grubbing loser that's mouching off my hard earned money...say what you want about me but you couldn't lace up my shoes even if I let you!
comment

Seoul, Korea

#13 Jan 22, 2009
I also worked there during Christmas breaks during college. I was very happy to put in the 9pm to 9am shift and generate some fast money over a short 3 week break for book/pizza/beer money for the 2nd semester.

I used to dream sequences of numbers from all the numerical sorting of stores.

Just another reason why the Lehigh Valley has to get serious about what it wants to be when it grows up from thinking it is a little sleepy village and 19th century industrial center to seeing that it is at epicenter of 3.4 million population in the 9 counties that include or surround Lehigh County. It needs to think like it is an MSA of 3.4 million and compete against Philadelphia and not be directed by Philadelphia politicians.
Kelly

Bethlehem, PA

#14 Jan 22, 2009
There isn't anyone here bright enough to do that.
x-alice

Emmaus, PA

#15 Jan 22, 2009
my deepest sympathy to all, including that italian guy john
lifer

Walnutport, PA

#17 Jan 22, 2009
I am one of the so called "lifers", Qualex/guardian was not one of the best places to work...but there are worse..it paid the bills for a long time. Long summer hours, long holiday hours and deadlines is what qualex was all about...but...the consumer demanded pictures back overnight so this is what we did. Technology is not what did us in, we did work for cvs.com , photoworks and the like..downloaded from websites and printed on laser printers and then shipped right to the customers door, we have the technology, no, it was profitability that did us in....Today the consumers options for pictures is endless,one hour mini labs,kiosks, home printers and the like,along with the rising costs of maintaining all of the couriers that brought us work and delivered to all the retail outlets we serviced. In the end, Kodak pulled the plug because of profitability,bottom line. I think I speak for the majority of workers that are still left at qualex, Don't feel sorry for us, we look forward to ending this chapter in our careers and starting over again.
Still at Qualex

Smithfield, NC

#18 Jan 23, 2009
Dennis Mac wrote:
Digital is the way to go.
For prints, the best deal I've seen is at http://photo.walgreens.com
Upload photos, order prints.
If you want to send prints to distant relatives, you can specify the nearest store, and arrange mail delivery or pickup.
Dennis,
You are correct, as digital is the way to go. However,the service you described from Walgreen's is performed here at Qualex. We have been producing digital photos for the past decade. No one knows yet who will print your online photos after we shut down. Walgreen's will have to find another photofinisher to handle it. Sorry.
Still at Qualex
FORMER EMPLOYEE

AOL

#21 Jan 23, 2009
I worked there for 20 years, the money and benefits were very good and certainly paid all of my bills. It was alot better there than when I worked in a textile factory.
Qualex_ Employee

Smithfield, NC

#23 Jan 23, 2009
As for the long bashing of Qualex and it's management group, not all were perfect but as someone that has worked at other places, all in all, Qualex treated the employees with fairness and dignity. Many parents put a roof over their families head, and provided a good standard of living.
Employees were dedicated to providing an excellent product and service.
Deathbyduck

Walnutport, PA

#24 Jan 23, 2009
4REAL wrote:
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What are you talking about? Have you graduated the 4th grade yet Hillbilly DumbDuck? Typical Redneck coming on here running your mouth about something you know nothing about. Let me guess you got some time on your hands. You took a break from eating mayonnaise sandwiches and banging your sister so you feel the need to come on here and show everyone you have a 4th grade education. Let me guess, the number of original teeth in your mouth are in the single digitsÖcome on you know Iím right. Youíre hating on me because I graduated college and have a good job? Put the Haterade down Hillbilly DumbDuck and get a hold of yourself. Donít hate because someone bettered themselves. I made my point to someone that called Qualex workers low level and you feel the need to hate on me. If it makes you feel better go ahead. You just proved my theory that some people are put on this planet for my amusement.
I wasn't banging my sister...It was your mom. And love them mayonnaise sandwiches. A degree (online degree perhaps Mr. Educated and still clueless) doesn't mean you're better, just means you do less and get paid more. What do you do to help anyone but yourself all day long? People at Qualex worked HARD for years and made a decent living. Hard work has been replaced by mouse pushing, gotta check my Facebook retards who went to school instead of work because they can't figure out how to get off of mommies tit. I am proud of you. You got "better" but you're not cured. Hillbilly dumbduck? That's hysterical. Love ya Man
Still at Qualex

Smithfield, NC

#25 Jan 23, 2009
Hey 4REAL, education did not help you at all did it? I bet during your time at qualex you probably won the PPO spelling bee....You, Sir, are a true genius, we should all to aspire to be as good as you.

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