GREENWOOD, SC, March 4, 2009 – FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc., recently donated over seventy pallets of photographic ink jet paper to the Western Piedmont Education Consortium.  The donation, over 4 million sheets of photographic paper, will be available for school districts that participate in the Western Piedmont Education Consortium.  Participating districts include, Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood (Districts #50, #51, and #52), Laurens (Districts #55 and #56), McCormick, Newberry and Saluda.

“We are delighted to accept this donation from Fujifilm,” said Dr. Ray Wilson, Executive Director of the Western Piedmont Education Consortium.  “In this difficult economic situation the school districts are under enormous pressure to save costs so the timing of the donation could not be better. The Consortium was created with the intent to find ways for member school districts to save money, time and to strengthen operations through cost sharing,” continued Wilson.  “The Fujifilm donation will help us do exactly that,” said Wilson.

“Being able to make this donation through the Western Piedmont Education Consortium is ideal,” said Allen Creighton, Director of Public Relations for Fujifilm Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc.  “We had the material from some previous production and research,” continued Creighton, “and we wanted to find an entity that could distribute it among a number of educational institutions.”  “Mark Warner with the Greenwood Partnership Alliance suggested that we contact Dr. Wilson,” said Creighton.  “The Consortium was the perfect organization to make a contribution of this magnitude possible,” said Creighton.

Transportation and delivery services for the paper were donated by Cimarron Trucking Company.  “When we heard that Fujifilm was donating the paper to the educational system, we felt like the least we could do was help with the transportation, especially during these tough times. Fujifilm has done so much for us in the past ­and we feel very fortunate to be a part of this project.” Said Roy Morris, President, Cimarron Trucking.  The product was picked up at Fujifilm’s Distribution Center in Greenwood and then delivered to Greenwood School District #50 warehouse for distribution among the three Greenwood county school districts, to Lander University warehouse for further distribution to other member school districts, or to Newberry District for distribution to Newberry County schools.  When the transfer of the ink jet photographic paper is complete, the Cimarron Trucking Company will have delivered over seventy pallets of product.  As of February 20th, nineteen schools had placed requests for the paper. 

FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc., began manufacturing operations in South Carolina in 1988.  The Greenwood manufacturing complex is currently comprised of five high technology manufacturing plants, the Greenwood Research Laboratories, and the largest Fujifilm distribution center in the world.  Nearly 1000 Associates are employed at the 500-acre complex currently manufacturing digital and conventional pre-sensitized plates, QuickSnap one-time-use recyclable cameras, and color photographic paper.

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