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Paper manufacturer to expand production at Pulaski facility, create jobs

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PULASKI — Felix Schoeller, a German-based global producer of specialty paper, will double the production at its Pulaski facility by securing a new contract with an out-of-state manufacturer, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced this week.

The expansion, which will include the relocation of a paper conversion operation from out of state to the Pulaski facility, will retain and create a combined 290 full-time and contract positions, according to a news release from the governor’s office. The contract comes after the company had all but ceased major operations at its Pulaski site, focusing only on converting papers made at its other locations outside the U.S. The Pulaski site now will increase production of high-quality imaging papers for photographic and digital printing applications.

Michael Szidat, president and CEO of Felix Schoeller North America, said in a statement that the move will solidify the company’s presence in Pulaski and will lead to future growth.

“The combination of a skilled and dedicated workforce, a good infrastructure and the right economic development assistance have helped us in winning this new business,” Mr. Szidat said.

Also lauding the expansion was state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, who in a statement said she is “thrilled that Felix Schoeller has decided to invest in our area and create jobs that will help put the talented people of our region back to work. Their decision to expand operations in Pulaski demonstrates that the Central New York region is ready for growth, and I’m looking forward to working to see that more companies follow in their footsteps.”

Headquartered in Germany, Felix Schoeller is a family-owned global paper company that has operations in the U.S., Russia and Canada.

The company has about 2,500 employees and generates about $1 billion in annual sales.

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