XEROX A FIXTURE IN WEBSTER SINCE 1955

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XEROX A FIXTURE IN WEBSTER SINCE 1955

 user 2006-05-23 at 11:58:00 am Views: 37
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    Xerox a fixture in Webster since 1955
    Webster
    and Xerox have been synonymous for half-a-century, as Webster is home
    to the company’s huge manufacturing complex. Xerox has been a Webster
    neighbor since Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House. The first
    building permit was taken out in 1955 and despite some downsizing;
    Xerox remains a fixture in Webster.Two men, Chester Carlson and Joseph
    Wilson, largely shaped Xerox. Carlson was a patent attorney looking for
    an easier way to make copies. He invented xerography. Wilson was the
    visionary who embraced Carlson’s invention when dozens of other bigger
    companies passed it by. They transformed a small company called Haloid
    into Xerox.the first 914 copier in 1959 was so successful that Xerox
    was flooded with orders and what started out as a modest manufacturing
    operation in Webster became one of the largest in New York almost
    overnight and it’s getting larger. The company is building a new $60
    million toner plant.Xerox prides itself on being both a good neighbor,
    and a good corporate citizen. “And so that involves both environment,
    health and safety and being responsible in the community. Just last
    week, we did our day of caring. A lot of employees went out to
    different places both in Webster and Monroe County,” said John Laing,
    Xerox Senior Vice President of Supplies Delivery Unit.Webster Town
    Supervisor Ron Nesbitt says Xerox has been an important asset to the
    town and helped to change Webster’s rural character. “Given people a
    place to come to the town of Webster and live and raise a family, which
    has been a good thing, and give them steady employment in the town of
    Webster.”Xerox provided steady employment in Webster until recent years
    when the workforce shrunk about in half. Nesbitt says he has not seen
    the Webster job cuts in residential or commercial development. The new
    Gil Hatch Center for customer innovation is attracting so many
    customers from all over the world to see new products that the town is
    getting two new hotels to compliment a Fairfield Inn.Xerox has also had
    an impact on Webster merchants. “The impact is huge. We rely 90 percent
    on Xerox. A couple years ago, we lost 5,000 workers. Many of those
    workers were customers. They visited the village frequently. So it has
    been tough,” said Mark Vinci owner of Webster’s East Main Street
    Rubinos.Ralph Sholts is a retired Xerox electrical engineer who spent
    29 years with the company, raising a family in Webster at the same
    time. “That was a great place to work. It was even fun although it was
    hard sometimes. When you like what you’re doing, it makes a
    difference.”And he’s one of many employees to lend their intellectual
    talents to the community, in his case, as a school board member. “Xerox
    was always sensitive to what their employees liked to do and the
    community. And Xerox was really a community oriented business.”