(Pictured above: U.S. Representative Josh Gottheimer, 5th Congressional District, joined several members of Konica Minolta’s leadership team in conducting an official ground breaking of a major expansion to the company’s Ramsey campus. Pictured left to right are John Thielke, executive vice president and chief financial officer; Kay Fernandez, senior vice president, marketing; Rick Taylor, president and chief executive officer, Rep. Gottheimer, and Kevin Kern, senior vice president, business intelligence services & product planning.)
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. has hosted government officials (federal, state and local), representatives from industry trade associations, chamber of commerce members and the media in a ceremony to mark the beginning of the expansion of their Ramsey campus. The expansion not only marks the company’s continued growth in the imaging sector to produce high end technologies that meet customers’ evolving business needs, but also Konica Minolta’s commitment to the New Jersey economy, in bringing new jobs to the area.
The project will encompass new building construction, as well as the conversion and repurposing of existing facilities on the campus. When completed, it is expected that the new jobs created will boost the local economy, from employing area residents to shops and businesses that will benefit from added sources of revenue.
Rick Taylor, president and CEO of Konica Minolta, accompanied by several senior executives, presided over the ceremony – the first large-scale addition to the campus infrastructure in several years. As noted in Rick’s remarks, “Konica Minolta, has reached a special milestone, fuelled by our continued growth in the imaging sector. We believe our investment in the Ramsey campus will not only bring new jobs to New Jersey, but it will serve a key role in supporting our business expansion to help add value to our customers.”
Specifically, the expansion is expected to make way for:
- The construction of a two-story annex to Building 101 at their Williams Drive campus that will accommodate up to an additional 400 employees
- The conversion of an existing building for:
- a new National Customer Engagement Center
- an East Coast Technical Training facility
- and a consolidated warehouse for all East Coast operations
- A Technical Call Center for field technicians to connect directly with key operational experts
- An Engineering Center
- A Research and Development Facility
- A new, four-tier parking garage with a capacity for 350 vehicles
Deirdre Dillon, Ramsey Borough Mayor, stated, “Konica Minolta has been a great neighborhood fixture for many years, providing jobs to many of our residents and those from nearby towns.” Dillon added “The company has also been very generous in supporting special community projects by contributing employee volunteers, which has benefited many businesses and residents in the local community.”
In addition to an overview of the project provided by Rick, the ground breaking featured a traditional first-dig of soil, as conducted by company executives and invited guests, all equipped with special ceremonial shovels and Konica Minolta hardhats.
Construction and related activities will be conducted in stages, with an anticipated final completion date of summer 2019.
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