Data storage firm moves manufacturing to CO

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Plasmon Laser Magnetic Storage is moving its Minneapolis manufacturing operations to its Colorado Springs facility.
Some employees from the Eden Prairie, Minn., plant are moving to Colorado Springs, but the local manufacturing plant has been actively recruiting high-tech workers and operations staff to boost production here.
With headquarters in Melbourn, England, Plasmon employs 500 people worldwide. The Colorado Springs facility manufactures optical disc drives and various other storage solutions.
Plasmon designs and manufactures high-end removable data storage. Its 12-inch and 5.25-inch optical disc products include rewritable CDs and DVD storage. The company also produces data-storage management software and network technologies developed by its Allstor Software division.
Typical end users of Plasmon products include banks, hospitals, insurance companies, Internet companies and government agencies where securely archiving very large amounts of data is a primary requirement. Among Plasmon clients are AT&T, Bank of America, Coca Cola, DuPont, Peat Marwick, Pepsi, SmithKline & Beecham, TRW, the U.S. Postal Service and many other government agencies and universities.
Plasmon strategic partners include IBM, Sony, Ciba, Hitachi, Unisys, Imation, Siros, DST, FileNet and Matsushita. The company reported approximately $140 million in sales.
Sales and marketing activities are centered in Melbourn with regional sales offices in Munich, Paris, Milan, and Brussels. Plasmon has another manufacturing facility in Caen, France.
Founded in 1987, Plasmon produces robotic storage devices to automate optical drive and disk changing. Its new LTO Ultrium line of tape automation technology products provides high-capacity data storage that incorporates robotic automation. The technology also automates network storage devices, tape libraries and optical library storage through software and support services.
Plasmon’s 10-cartridge auto loaders can store up to 50 terrabytes of data. DVD libraries can hold up to 4.5 terrabytes of data.