Xerox Invests $35.3 Million To Expand Its Webster, New York, Toner Facility
The Xerox Corporation’s current five story,100,000 square foot, toner manufacturing facility on the Xerox Joseph C. Wilson Center for Technology campus was completed in 2007. The toner plant employs 70 people and produces emulsion aggregation toner, a chemically grown toner that uses less toner per page and produces sharper images than traditional toner.
The firm will invest $35.3 million to expand its plant and purchase new equipment. Empire State Development said the company considered expansion in other locations, including overseas, but ultimately chose New York State. The project will Enable Xerox to retain 70 existing jobs and create 25 new jobs in the region.
“Xerox has not only outgrown its space, but its current manufacturing capacity is not able to meet the high demand for the company’s innovative toner product,” said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “We are pleased to have been able to step in and, working with our partners at NYSERDA.
Monroe County, and Rochester Gas & Electric assists Xerox’s expansion. This important step will allow the multinational company to expand manufacturing of an in-demand product in New York State and create good paying jobs in the region.” “As a global manufacturer of toner, we considered options around the world, but a grant from Empire State Development and tax abatement incentives from the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency contributed to making Webster the most cost effective location to build additional manufacturing capacity,” said Richard Schmachtenberg, senior vice president, Consumables Development and Manufacturing.
Empire State Development is supporting this critical expansion project with a $500,000 grant tied to the creation of new jobs and through its IDA, Monroe County is providing sales and tax benefits to the company. Rochester Gas & Electric will provide economic development grants to offset costs associated with electrical infrastructure and efficiency improvements. Xerox is also eligible to apply for NYSERDA’s energy efficiency programs and NYPA’s low cost power program.
“We applaud Xerox for undertaking this expansion as it will create new jobs and help stimulate the Finger Lakes economy,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO, NYSERDA. “This expansion project highlights how Governor Cuomo’s drive for public private partnerships is creating real economic opportunities in New York.
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