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Xerox Picks Webster For Toner Plant Upgrade

Xerox officials say they have decided to put their $35 million upgrade for a toner plant in Webster. The company said it had also considered locations in Japan and in Europe, but officials say tax incentives from COMIDA, the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency, and a state grant helped convince the company that expanding in Webster was the most cost effective location.

The expansion will add 25 permanent jobs and also create 70 construction jobs. Some local officials, including the Webster Town Supervisor, complained about the incentives, and whether they were really necessary. Supervisor Ron Nesbitt was also upset because Xerox was suing the town over its property tax assessment.

The toner plant construction involves two additions to the current plant. The expansion starts this month with completion expected in February of 2015.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.