Canon Partners with Government to Expand Consumable Production

On January 7, Terry McAuliffe, Governor of the State of Virginia, joined Canon officials in announcing the OEM will invest $100 million to expand its printer cartridge manufacturing and toner production operations in Newport News.

According to the Daily Press, Canon Virginia Inc., a subsidiary of Melville based Canon USA Inc., will add additional printer cartridge production lines and increase its toner manufacturing and filling operations at the plant. That’s up from the firm’s initial investment of $78 million. Also, the investment will create 60 new jobs at the plant, and will be used to overhaul equipment needed for the new production lines.

“This is a very important factory for Canon,” Canon USA’s Chairman and CEO Joe Adachi said. “It’s not just the factory, we’re also doing (research and development) locally. It’s not just an ordinary factory. We’re transforming (it) into an overall technical center.”

“It is an investment into the automated lines,” Toru Nishizawa, President and CEO of Canon Virginia Inc., said. “We need very skilled workers to operate those lines, so we’re not going to use this investment to hire new employees, but we will train employees.”

Plus, it is noted that the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, a statewide organization that works with businesses on various relocations and expansions, partnered with Newport News to secure the project for Virginia. Additional funding and services to support the company’s employee retraining activities will be provided through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

“Canon Virginia and the Commonwealth have maintained a solid corporate partnership for 30 years,” MacAuliffe said, “and it is an honor for me to work directly with CVI, CUSA and Canon Inc. to strengthen this invaluable relationship and support the company’s continued commitment to Virginia.”

Canon Virginia Inc. has served as the manufacturing, engineering, recycling and technical support center in North America for Tokyo-based Canon Inc. for nearly 30 years, according to the statement.


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