Xerox Invests in EA Toner Plant
Xerox announced plans to invest another $25 million over the upcoming year to expand its emulsion aggregation (EA) toner plant based in Webster, New York. According to the company, the move will increase the EA toner manufacturing capacity of the plant by 50 percent.
Construction is scheduled to begin this month and should be completed by the end of 2011. The expansion will add 10 engineers and union technicians to the current workforce of about 75.
Xerox opened this 5-story, 100,000-square-foot plant in 2007 based on an initial $60-million investment. The plant has more than 20 miles of pipe and stainless steel tanks that produce billions of micron-sized toner particles. It uses more than 4,000 sensors to track information about temperature, humidity, airflow and other variables. Xerox's total capital investment in the toner plant will now reach nearly $100 million.
"As one of the world's largest producers of toner, we have looked at several alternatives on how and where to expand our manufacturing capacity," said Wim Appelo, President of the Xerox Global Business and Services Group. "We chose to upgrade our existing facility not only because it makes the most economic sense but also because we benefit from the strong local technological expertise and the opportunity to invest in job growth in the U.S.”
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