November 17, 2017

Konica shrinking its Windsor operations

Business equipment supplier Konica Minolta plans to move its Windsor operations out of its 500 Day Hill Road facility, transferring employees from the customer-care center to other locations.

The facility has been in operation since 1986 and has around 550 employees.

Town Manager Peter Souza said today the company informed the town Thursday that it would be consolidating work over the next six to 18 months at various locations.

WVIT-TV30 reported that workers were told in a meeting and an internal memo Thursday that the company's Windsor facility will be moving into the Ramsey, New Jersey, corporate office in the next six to 18 months.

The company will be "maintaining a location in Connecticut," a company spokesperson said in an email to WVIT, but provided no details.

Souza said it's not clear how many jobs will be moved or lost, but added that any reduction of the labor force "has an impact, not only to the immediate community, but to the metro area as well."

He said Windsor has a "diverse employment base with 24,000 jobs," and said he hoped that employees who choose not to relocate with Konica will find jobs with other employers in town.

Souza said Konica Minolta has been "a true corporate partner to the community, and we appreciate their longtime contributions."

He added that he hopes to work with the company to try to retain some of the operation.

Jane Garibay, the executive director of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce, told WVIT the company's plan to leave will be a loss for the town both economically and in the community support it has been giving Windsor for years.

"We just held our business expo there" for smaller companies in town to showcase products, Garibay said.

Konica Corp., a 100-year-old Japanese manufacturer of photographic, copier, and document processing equipment, in 1971 entered into a joint venture with the former Royal Business Machines, which once had a major factory in Hartford.

In 1986, Konica formed its own business-machine subsidiary, with U.S. headquarters in Windsor.

In 2003 Konica Business Technologies merged with Minolta Corp.'s business products division and moved its corporate offices to New Jersey.

Despite the removal of corporate offices, most of the Windsor operation's employees remained in state.

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