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250 Photo Imaging Employees To Lose Jobs
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Lack of demand for film cameras will cost more than 250 area workers their jobs.

Leaders at Konica Minolta Holdings announced Thursday that the company is pulling out of photo imaging.

The decision affects workers at a 16-year-old plant in Whitsett in Guilford County.

Company officials blamed the move on the popularity of digital cameras and the fact that many picture-takers use ink jet printers instead of professional services.

"While they have done an excellent job," Konica Minolta president Bob Harris said of employees, "we are quite simply and sadly making a product for which demand is declining swiftly."

Company officials said severance packages and outplacement assistance would be offered to affected employees.

Konica said the reduction of its product lineup and its withdrawal from color paper production would be complete by March 2007.

The company has been operating since 1936 and currently employs nearly 35,000 people.

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