Laser cartridge recycler settles into new quarters


WESTMINSTER -- Laser Life Inc., which recycles laser printer cartridges, has moved its operations from Mount Airy to the former Beacon Industries Inc. building on Railroad Avenue.

The 5-year-old company is growing and needs more space, said President David G. Jones, 37, of Mount Airy.

Laser Life moved Aug. 1, and has 4,300 square feet in the mezzanine of the building, he said.

Beacon, which made equipment for raising poultry and small animals, was sold in December and its operation here closed.

Laser Life, founded in Baltimore, had been in Mount Airy for three years and had 1,500 square feet of space, Mr. Jones said.

The company sells recycled cartridges under the brand name Quality Imaging Systems. Recycled cartridges are 30 percent cheaper than new cartridges, Mr. Jones said.

Laser Life buys used cartridges and then installs new component parts to make its brand. The process is considered light manufacturing, he said.

Most of the cartridges are for use with Hewlett-Packard Co. printers, Mr. Jones said.

Laser Life has about 700 customers, including the federal government, and employs six full- and part-time people. The company delivers and installs cartridges for customers, and can analyze how many cartridges a company is using each month and how much money it would save if it were to use recycled cartridges, Mr. Jones said.

The business provides same-day service because it keeps a variety of cartridges in stock, he said.

Some businesses sell used cartridges to Laser Life for $5 each, he said.

Mr. Jones declined to say what sales were last year or how many cartridges the company manufactured. But he said that he began the company with one other employee, that the business has grown by 50 percent each year and that he expects to have 15 employees by next year.

He chose to relocate to Westminster, he said, because of its supply of labor and specialty support businesses such as


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