12/19/2013 1:39:00 PM

Governor Cuomo Announces Partnership between Xerox and SUNY CNSE to Establish Optical Scanner Facility in Finger Lakes

Andrew M. Cuomo
- Governor

Albany, New York (December 19, 2013)

State-supported collaboration is attracting manufacturing to New York from China and enabling creation and retention of up to 100 high-tech jobs

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a partnership between Xerox and the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s (CNSE) Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center (STC) to relocate high-tech manufacturing operations from China to the CNSE STC facility in Canandaigua. New York State is investing $750,000 to support this partnership, which will create and retain up to 100 high-tech jobs over the next five years.

“This public-private partnership is further evidence solidifying New York’s reputation as a top destination for the nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing industries,” Governor Cuomo said. “Xerox’s decision to partner with our state government and SUNY CNSE by transferring their operations from overseas to New York is another vote of confidence in the quality of this region’s workforce and the promise of our growing high-tech economy.”

“This partnership showcases the success of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s pioneering innovation strategy and underscores how global companies are beating a path to New York as the international hub for nanotechnology research, commercialization, and advanced manufacturing,” said Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO. “We are delighted to welcome Xerox as the newest corporate partner at CNSE’s fast-growing STC and look forward to the continuing attraction of high-quality private-sector jobs, companies, and investment to Western New York.”

“As a global company, we manufacture around the world and have made the decision to bring this optics assembly project to New York where we can invest locally for key scanning technology requirements,” said Lee Nunziato, Xerox Technology Procurement Manager. “By participating in this public-private sector partnership, we are developing competitive solutions for the marketplace.”

“The addition of a world-class technology company such as Xerox further strengthens the high-tech capabilities and public-private partnership ecosystem at CNSE’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center,” said Paul Tolley, CNSE Vice President for Disruptive Technologies and Director of CNSE’s STC. “This collaboration marks another significant step forward in the growth of CNSE’s STC while also opening up new opportunities to commercialize advanced technologies and drive sustained economic impact.”

Through the partnership between Xerox and CNSE’s STC, Xerox has committed to relocate capital equipment used in the manufacture of advanced document scanning technologies from China to a 3,300-square-foot cleanroom at CNSE’s STC. Additionally, Xerox is currently negotiating a five-year contract agreement with CNSE’s STC to purchase optical scanners once the production line is successfully transferred to the Canandaigua site. To support the collaboration, New York State will invest $750,000 in CNSE’s STC to assist with the costs of equipment fit-up and physical modifications to the cleanroom in order to accommodate this new equipment and personnel. No private companies will receive state funding as a result of the partnership.

Over the next five years, the partnership between Xerox and CNSE’s STC is expected to create and retain up to 100 high-tech jobs. Positions will include researchers, engineers, and technicians that will be employed by both organizations.

Senator Mike Nozzolio said, “Xerox's announcement that it will create and retain up to 100 high-tech jobs in Ontario County is great news for our local community and will have a resounding impact on the economy of the entire region. The partnership between Xerox and the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering will support our continuing efforts to create new, high-tech jobs in the Finger Lakes and help to further develop New York's job-creating science and technology industry. It is a pleasure working with Governor Cuomo to create jobs in our region and I thank him for his leadership on this important project.”

Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle said, “The story of our region’s economy is one of resiliency and transformation and I am delighted that the new Xerox continues to invest in our area and create quality jobs here, locally. This exciting announcement further demonstrates that the Finger Lakes Region is positioned to become a global leader in the development and manufacture of advanced technologies. I applaud Xerox, CNSE and the State for their hard work to forge this partnership.”

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb said, "Combining the resources and abilities of a global leader like Xerox with New York's advanced manufacturing sector will result in new, high-quality jobs and a boost to our economy. This partnership will help enhance the CNSE STC site in Canandaigua as a world-class facility and is tremendous news for the Finger Lakes region. These types of investments in emerging technologies and a greater focus on training the next generation of skilled workers will help us achieve sustained economic prosperity here and across New York State."

Canandaigua Mayor Ellen Polemini said, “More good news from the Governor’s office! A partnership between Xerox and the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s (CNSE) Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center (STC) will bring back high-tech manufacturing operations from China to the Canandaigua CNSE STC facility. New York State’s investment of $750,000 to support this partnership will help create and retain up to 100 high-tech jobs over the next five years. Efforts such as these will benefit the Canandaigua area and all of New York.”

This collaboration comes on the heels of an announcement made in August of a $35 million expansion of Xerox’s toner manufacturing facility in Webster, New York, which will allow the company to meet the growing demand for toner. Xerox considered locations worldwide before deciding to expand in New York.

Xerox is recognized globally as the leader in business process and document management, with 140,000 employees in 160 countries around the world and over 10,000 employees in New York. CNSE’s STC is home to advanced micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication and packaging capabilities for use in a growing number of sensor-based, system-on-a-chip, and computer chip applications.


About SUNY CNSE. The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. With more than $17 billion in high-tech investments, CNSE represents the world’s most advanced university-driven research enterprise, offering students a one-of-a-kind academic experience and providing over 300 corporate partners with access to an unmatched ecosystem for leading-edge R&D and commercialization of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology innovations. CNSE’s footprint spans upstate New York, including its Albany NanoTech Complex, a 1.3 million-square-foot megaplex with the only fully-integrated, 300mm and 450mm wafer computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration lines within 135,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 3,100 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work here, from companies including IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Samsung, TSMC, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, and Lam Research. CNSE’s latest expansion, which includes NanoFab Xtension (NFX), headquarters for the world’s first Global 450mm Consortium (G450C), and the Zero Energy Nanotechnology (ZEN) building, a living laboratory for green energy technologies, will add more than 1,000 scientists, researchers, and engineers from CNSE and global corporations. CNSE Kiernan Plaza in downtown Albany is home to CNSE's Smart Cities Technology Innovation Center (SCiTI). CNSE’s Solar Energy Development Center in Halfmoon, which provides a prototyping and demonstration line for next-generation CIGS thin-film solar cells, and the CNSE Photovoltaic Manufacturing and Technology Development Facility (CNSE MDF) in Rochester, the solar industry’s first full-service collaborative facility dedicated to crystalline silicon, support CNSE’s leadership of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC). CNSE’s Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center of Excellence (STC) in Rochester offers state-of-the-art capabilities for MEMS fabrication and packaging. CNSE also co-founded and manages operations at the Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C) at SUNYIT and is lead developer of the Marcy Nanocenter site as part of the Nano Utica initiative, and is leading development of the High-Tech Manufacturing Innovation Hub and Medical Innovation and Commercialization Hub, both located in Buffalo. For information, visit

About CNSE’s STC. The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center (STC) assists small and large companies in transitioning new technologies from concept to manufacturing. STC maintains a 140,000-square-foot facility with over 25,000 square feet of cleanrooms for micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication and packaging, and works with large and medium-sized companies to help them bring new technologies to market; with small companies ready to transition from prototype and low-volume manufacturing to scalable manufacturing; and as a “Trusted Foundry” with various federal agencies to develop technology solutions to areas of critical national need, including smart prosthetics and improvised explosive device (IED) detection. For more information, visit