Canon job cuts hit Trumbull's printer/copier operations

Oce North America Inc., the Trumbull-based servicer of printers and copiers, will lose 135 jobs in Connecticut as a result of consolidations taking place three years after being acquired by a Japanese company.

James Magrone, an Oce spokesman, said the cuts are part of an overall integration plan that has been developed over three years, since Canon Inc. bought the copier and office equipment company.

"It's not a surprise. It didn't come out of the woodwork suddenly," he said. The job cuts cover a wide variety of positions in administration and support, but are less than half the total of employees working in the Trumbull facility. He did not reveal the number of employees who would be left. Magrone's own position is among those listed to be cut on Dec. 31.

Oce filed a notice with the state that it would cut 124 jobs in Trumbull, 10 in Shelton and one in East Hartford beginning Dec. 31. The bulk of the layoffs will come on New Year's Eve, with 70 people scheduled to lose their jobs and waves of layoffs to follow throughout 2013. The company said it is keeping its facilities open.

Consolidation and a changing world have forced document solutions companies that make printers and copiers to respond in different ways.

Canon competitors, including Xerox and Lexmark International Inc., have seen a decline in copier and printer related revenues as customers choose to view documents on mobile and other devices rather than print them, according to Bloomberg News.

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