Fujitsu representatives Hirosada Tone, far left, and Yoshi Masuda, far right, join Congressman William L. Owens, D-Plattsbugh, and The Developmen Corporation president Adoré Flynn Kurtz for the ribbon-cutting at Fujitsu's operations in Plattsburgh Sept. 28.
Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc., has announced the completion of the consolidation process for its North American light manufacturing, integration, staging, logistics and warehousing to Fujitsu’s North American Manufacturing and Integration Center in Plattsburgh.
The business which is known as a “provider of internet technology business solutions, including retail point of sale solutions, advanced technology products, biometric solutions currency handling products, and digital media solutions” hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its operations Sept. 28.
The ceremony marked the completion of a consolidation of Fujitsu’s North American manufacturing and integration operations.
Dick Zarski, senior vice president of manufacturing and supply chain for Fujitsu Frontech North America, heralded the completion of the project — made possible, in part, from $250,000 in tax credits from Empire State Development — first announced in April.
“It’s a very exciting day for us,” said Zarski. “A lot of change has occurred. I couldn’t be more thrilled by the support we’ve received ... We’re thankful to all who have helped us get where we are today.”
According to information from the company, Fujitsu North American Manufacturing and Integration Center will primarily serve the Fujitsu Retail Solutions Group assembly and integration for its industry leading TeamPOS point of sale terminals and U-SCAN Genesis self check-out solution. It will also support several other FFNA offerings, including XG-series Ethernet switches, currency handlers and recyclers, IP-series media solutions, PalmSecureTM solutions, and RFID solutions.
“It has been a significant undertaking to transition and consolidate such a large and critical aspect of our business,” Yoshi Masuda, president of Fujitsu Frontech North America, said in a prepared statement. “With the diligent efforts of our entire organization, we are proud to have met the aggressive timelines and managed to sustain our high levels of operation despite the ongoing changes to affected work areas. It is a testament to the planning and execution of the organization as a whole.”
The impact to the local Plattsburgh economy has also been significant, with more than 50 jobs created since April, expanded facilities for warehousing and logistics, as well as increased reliance on local vendors for shipping, supply and maintenance.
As well, the ongoing support from local organizations has been important, from staffing assistance, negotiating long-term tenancy to building relationships with the regional technical school, CV-TEC, with whom Fujitsu chartered a scholarship fund in August.
“Fujitsu is a global powerhouse, a growing high-tech company. It’s great they recognize Plattsburgh is a place to invest in and grow their business. We have a skilled workforce, ideal location and superb economic development team. In these tough times, an announcement like this is rare. Clearly it speaks volumes about the strength of this company and the potential of this region,” stated state Senator Elizabeth O’C. Little, R-Queensbury. “When I met a few weeks ago with Mr. Masuda, President and CEO of Fujitsu Frontech North America, I was pleased to share with him our priority of creating a better business environment. Fujitsu is a job creator that is leading the way and I look forward to supporting their efforts in the months and years ahead.”
Zarski thanked the employees of Fujitsu for their effort in helping make the consolidation a success.
“We have a tremendous team of people here and we couldn’t have done it without them,” said Zarski.
“We really do look forward to being accepted by the North Country and to be part of the community,” continued Zarksi. “We are committed to building a world class business center.”