CANON UNVEILS NEW U.S. PLANT / TO HIRE 1,000 EMPLOYEES

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CANON UNVEILS NEW U.S. PLANT / TO HIRE 1,000 EMPLOYEES

 user 2009-05-01 at 3:18:20 pm Views: 51
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    http://hamptonroads.com/2009/04/canon-unveil-newport-news-plant-1000-jobs-planned
    Canon to unveil Newport News plant, 1,000 jobs planned
    Canon Virginia Inc. today will show off a new $640 million cartridge-manufacturing facility in Newport News that will bring 1,000 jobs to the region by 2013.Canon plans a 4 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at the plant in Oyster Point. Scheduled guests include Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and national Canon executives.The 700,000-square-foot building is finished but will not start operations until the end of the year or early 2010, Rhonda Bunn, a spokeswoman for Canon Virginia, said Thursday. Equipment will be installed from May to October and then tested for several weeks, she said.

    Canon, she said, promised to hire 1,000 workers for the facility by 2013. It already has hired 250. Canon has been in Newport News for 23 years and employed about 1,500 people before the expansion.The printing company chose Newport News for the expansion because “Canon wants to build products in the region near the consumer,” Bunn said.She noted that the company already had 165 acres in Newport News. The area also was attractive, Bunn said, because of its proximity to highways, airports and ports, and its potential work force.The laser-cartridge facility is the largest piece of Canon Virginia’s expansion, one of the state’s biggest economic-development coups in recent years. Other facets include:

    - Expansion of its repair facility for digital products, primarily cameras and printers. That occurred about a year ago, Bunn said.

    - Expansion of its site in Gloucester that recycles toner cartridges. That was finished in January, she said.

    - Creation of a research and development facility for robotic technology. That, Bunn said, is still being planned.