Donnelley Closures Leave 488 Jobless

CHICAGO—RR Donnelley will close the former Spencer Press in Wells, ME, and its Hillside, IL, facility as the company continues to deal with the dismal economy. A total of 488 jobs will be lost, including 370 at Spencer Press, a catalog and direct marketing printer. The Spencer plant will close by mid-June, with staggered layoffs. Employees at both facilities will receive severance packages.

In other downsizing news, Vertis Communications is shuttering its plant in Belcamp, MD, eliminating 105 jobs in the process, the Baltimore Sun reported. The former American Color Graphics branch printed advertising inserts as well as the Baltimore Examiner newspaper, but that publication folded February 15.

Dallas-based Belo is closing its DFW Printing facility in Arlington, TX, according to Pegasus News Wire. The work will be sent to the Dallas Morning News‘ facility in Plano, TX. DFW printed newspapers, supermarket circulars and direct mail.

Schmidt Printing of Byron, MN, has cut upwards of 40 jobs in the past few weeks, according to the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin. Schmidt, owned by Taylor Corp. of North Mankato, MN, had hired 30 employees last fall as part of a growth campaign.

Capital Printing of Schenectady, NY, will close and liquidate its assets, according to The Business Review (Albany). It was not known how many people the company employed.

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