E Ink Corp. expanding with acquisition of South Hadley properties

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Staff Writer
Published: 5/14/2021 12:54:12 PM

SOUTH HADLEY — The electronic paper company E Ink Corp. is purchasing the manufacturing plant it has operated in town since 2009, allowing the business to further expand its operations.

The business has manufactured “ePaper” — electronic device displays, as on e-book readers, that mimic paper — at its Falls location for more than a decade. And last week, property deed transactions show that the company purchased three properties for $3.55 million each: at 55 Carew St., 7-25 Gaylord St. and 7 Prospect St.

“This has been in the plan for several years, we’ve been discussing it with the principals over there for some time and finally they’re moving forward,” Town Administrator Michael Sullivan said. “It’s exciting.”

Wayne Ashworth, the plant’s manager, referred the Gazette to a public relations firm that does communications work for E Ink. Through that firm, the company said that in March it completed its purchase of the facility.

“E Ink had been leasing this site since 2009, and has retrofit the existing coating line to support E Ink’s unique manufacturing processes, and to expand capacity, modernize and improve infrastructure,” the company said.

The 80,000-square-foot facility operates on a six-day schedule. E Ink said that by owning the site, it will be able to “further expansion needs to meet strong demand for its products in the consumer electronics, retail and transportation markets.”

Sullivan said that the company’s purchase will bring new real estate tax revenue into town, though it’s not possible to say how much yet. He said there would also be some new jobs, but not as many as in days past when a manufacturing plant moved into town.

“These new facilities and these new manufacturing facilities are highly automated,” he said, noting that many of the company’s employees live in the Boston area. “It’s not going to be like the old days where the plant opens and they’re looking for people to operate fairly simple machinery.”

E Ink has added 30 new positions in the past year, according to its statement.

Sullivan said that over the years the company has made substantial donations in town: to transportation projects, reading initiatives, and the local food bank, to name some.

“They’ve just been a great community partner and we’re happy to see they’re expanding,” he said.

This story has been updated to reflect that E Ink issued statements for this story, not the communications firm it employs.

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.

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