Command Web Offset Closing its Doors

SECAUCUS, NJ—Command Web Offset, a 40-year-old book printing operation severely pinched by electronic books in particular and digital publishing in general, will close its doors Nov. 15, resulting in more than 100 layoffs, The Record reported.

The company filed notice with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, a move required by the federal WARN Act. The newspaper said 105 employees will be impacted.

Andrew Merson, president and owner of the company, cited the digital revolution among other challenges as factoring into his decision to shut the plant, which produces 1.5 million books per day, according to the paper. Command Web Offset prints soft-cover books, directories, catalogs and various publications.

The facility is one of five in the Command Web Group, along with Bind-Rite Graphics in South Hackensack, NJ; Strategic Content Imaging (SCI) of Carstadt, NJ; Bind-Rite Robbinsville (NJ); Command Web Missouri, Jefferson City, MO; and Command Financial Press, New York. Command Web Offset is a division of MacNaughton Lithograph.

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  • David Rosenthal

    I’ve had the distinct honor of knowing Andrew Merson and his father, Albert Merson from my earliest days when launching my career. Both are gentlemen of the highest integrity and character. Was my good fortune that Andy hired me for my first job out of college.

  • Werner

    The news is misleading. Industry sources point to a new 7 million dollar investment into digital printing and binding.
    It’s a change of times – printing and binding on demand.

  • Bill Rodriguez

    Glad I didn’t accept the position in Jefferson City!

  • mike chiurazzi

    it’s a shame i worked at command web for a few years and bind -rite graphic..Andy Merson is busting up the union.