Xerox will increase its emulsion aggregation toner capacity by 40 percent with a nearly $35 million expansion project at its manufacturing plan in Webster, New York. The expansion will help the company keep pace with growing EA toner product demand.
The current five-story plant, which opened in 2007, is one of only a handful of its kind in the world. It features more than 29 miles of pipe, over 100 stainless steel tanks and includes nearly 11,000 sensors that track information about temperature, humidity, airflow and other variables.
The expansion has increased the plant size from 100,000 square-feet to 155,000 square-feet, and added about $26 million in EA toner manufacturing equipment. Xerox has invested $120 million in the plant, mostly in custom manufacturing process equipment.
“From the first xerographic image over 75 years ago, Xerox has been reengineering the way people work and expanding this toner plant represents an opportunity to meet the high demand for our innovative solution,” said Richard Schmachtenberg, Senior Vice President, Consumables Development and Manufacturing for Xerox.
Construction on the plant addition began in 2013, and the new manufacturing line and new toner filling line is expected to create about 54 new jobs, consisting of process operators, quality control, lab personnel and additional maintenance staff. The project also generated about 70 full-time construction jobs over the past 15 months.
Schmachtenberg also credited a number of local and state agencies for their support in making the addition a reality for the Rochester area including; County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency, Empire State Development, Rochester Gas and Electric, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and New York State Investment Tax Credit.