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West Point Products Expands Washington, PA Operation

9 Dec, 2009

West Point Products Expands Washington, PA Operation

Washington, PA (DEC. 2009) - West Point Products, a manufacturer of premium replacement imaging supplies and provider of related services, is pleased to announce that it has expanded its distribution center and warehouse operations located in Washington, PA.  At 110,000 square feet, the new facility is nearly double the size of its previous space and provides capacity to accommodate future growth.

"While it has certainly been a challenging year for the imaging industry and for the economy in general, we are proud of the fact that we continue to grow our company.  West Point Products remains a strong, financially sound company.  This move is a clear signal of our plans for the future: we are planning for continued growth," stated Tom Day, CEO, "Our success is the result of our continual, relentless focus to add value to our customers through industry leading service levels and new products and services such as AxessTM Managed Print Services and AgriToneTM cartridges made with bio-based toner.  We look for continued success in the years to come."

The new facility houses the company's main distribution and warehouse operations, feeding the company's 6 satellite distribution centers across the United States and Canada.  The facility includes the following:

·  100,000 square feet for distribution and warehousing
·  3,000 square feet for laboratory, training, and employee accommodations
·  7,000 square feet of office space

"Our main location in Valley Grove, WV, has served us well for many years, but as our business has grown in recent years, space there is at a premium.  Opening this larger distribution center in Washington will allow us to relocate some of the non-manufacturing functions of our business, freeing up space for additional production," added Joe Lucot, President and COO.  West Point Products' manufacturing functions will remain in their present location in Valley Grove.

West Point Products remains committed to providing local employment to more than 350 employees.  The facility expansion will benefit the Washington County community and ensure that jobs remain in the area for the foreseeable future.  In addition, the site chosen for the new facility utilizes previously under-utilized industrial space.  The building that will house the new distribution facility has served a number of purposes in the past from glass and plastics manufacturing to warehousing, but has been left all but empty in recent years.  When announced earlier this year, West Point Products' agreement to take over the space drew considerable attention in the Washington area, as it is one of the largest commercial real estate deals to be completed in the area in 2009.

"At the heart of our company is our people," said Day, "As we looked at our options in the immediate area, maintaining our local employment was made possible by revitalizing an old Brownfield site.  Giving a second life to something that has been discarded by others is the very nature of our remanufacturing business and helps preserve our natural resources."

West Point Products has been a leading manufacturer of premium replacement imaging supplies since 1972, having built its business by adhering to its self-prescribed 5 Pillars of Success: Quality, Service, Selection, Integrity, and People.  In support of this commitment to its customers, West Point Products has become one of only a handful of companies in the imaging industry to hold both ISO 9001 and STMC certifications.  As further testament to West Point Products commitment to its customers, it continues to lead with innovative products and service offerings, including AxessTM MPS, a suite of MPS products and services, and AgriToneTM Premium Replacement Cartridges, remanufactured cartridges with high levels of bio-content.  Locations include Gananoque, ON, Washington, PA, Jacksonville, FL, Houston, TX, Denver, CO, Irvine, CA, and the company's headquarters in Valley Grove, WV.  West Point Products produces exclusively in the United States and Canada.


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