Electronics design and contract manufacturer Z-Axis plans to update its facility in the village of Phelps in Ontario County to better serve its customers.

The project will include the installation of upgraded equipment and additional surface mount technology lines.  As a result of the latest upgrades, the high-tech business plans to create up to 20 new jobs over the next three years; 80 jobs will be retained. 

The total project cost for the updates to the Z-Axis design and manufacturing center has been placed at $800,000. The project, which received state tax incentives, is expected to be completed this summer.

“We have built our business on the ability to anticipate our customers’ changing needs, and the agility to continually adapt our production lines and skills to meet those needs,” said Michael Allen, president and chairman of Z-Axis.  “This requires constant investment in equipment, along with access to world-class talent in electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering, management, and electronics assembly. This has been a successful formula for us here in Western New York and we look forward to continued growth.”

Founded in Phelps in 1989, Z-Axis provides design, prototyping and manufacturing services for complex electronic products and electromechanical assemblies. The company also designs and manufactures commercial, industrial and medical power supplies under its Bear Power Supplies brand. Its 32,000 square-foot facility includes both electronic design and contract manufacturing centers.