I just found this in my inbox.
THIS SPECIAL ALERT IS
GOING OUT TO ALL
It is with great sadness that we share with you a piece of email we received today from a contact at the Fairlawn Kodachrome plant (below)- the last one in the U.S.A. We all knew the day was coming, though we have always been in denial about this day. Today, it is reality and the reality is sobering. We do not know what the future holds for Kodachrome as a whole, at this point we would make the educated guess that some private lab will pick up the existing Kodachrome processing demand but one can pretty much assume that we will be paying a premium for that service- which hurts us all. So what is the next answer? ship all slides to Switzerland from North America? that would takes weeks and we'd have to use European based Kodachrome film/mailers (The Swiss plant will not process North American based Kodachrome film or accept the mailers- who knows if that will change). We invite you to discuss this very important topic in our ATR forum (for members only):
Come share your thoughts and suggestions with our huge base of hard core Kodachrome slide collectors..
Here is a piece of the email we received:
We all kind of knew the end was coming, but had hoped it would still be awhile. When we didn't get the volume increase after Easter like we usually did, we knew how bad digital was hurting us. On June 2nd, we were called into a meeting and told there was no more customer service in Fair Lawn. Four out of six of us were let go that day. Pack up your personal stuff and go home. Did not have a chance to even let my customers know. Our effective last day of work was June 18th, although we were home. On the 30th, they announced that Fair Lawn was closing, so they then had to give me 60 days notice. They also gave us severance packages based on years of service
Needless to say, Kodachrome looks to be on the way out (at least in the US), which is why I shoot Fuji Provia 100F almost all the time. It does take a bit of getting used to, and can be a bit on the green side, but the grain is comparable to the K25 of old, and I have yet to have a roll come back scratched. Fuji in the UK still do a deal of £20 for three rolls, including Fuji processing, which normally takes less than a week. I did try Velvia 100, but the colours are far too saturated for the UK skies, but might suit some other climates.
So go on, all you Kodachrome die-hards, give the Fuji a try, as one day soon, you won't have a choice.
All the best