A Polish association of banks, BPS, has bought 80 of Duluth-based NCR Corp.'s SelfServ automated teller machines and announced plans to purchase 100 more in 2010.

The deal extends the reach of BPS, a group of 350 banks with 440 NCR ATMs already installed. 

The companies didn't disclose the financial terms of the deal, but the ATMs cost in the "thousands of dollars range" and the contract includes software and maintenance, said Jeff Dudash, an NCR spokesman.

The SelfServ ATM is the same model being manufactured in NCR's new Columbus, Ga., plant for the North American market. It's unlikely that any Georgia-made ATMs will make their way to Poland. NCR has ATM plants in China and Hungary that handle their respective regions, Mr. Dudash said. 

NCR moved its global headquarters to metro Atlanta from Dayton, Ohio, last June and announced that it would put a customer service center in Peachtree City and ATM factory in Columbus that would create 916 and 800 jobs, respectively.

The 350,000-square-foot Columbus plant began making ATMs in November. Mr. Dudash wouldn't say how many employees are working at the plant, but said "we continue to ramp up our North American manufacturing efforts for our financial services products, which includes our SelfServ line of ATMs."

Building the Columbus plant has influenced operations at other NCR facilities globally.

"We have taken a number of the operational efficiencies learned in building our Columbus facility and begun to implement them in our other plants as best practices," Mr. Dudash said. 

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