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Printers Scale Back Employee Rolls

April 2009
DES MOINES, IA—The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) plans to close its regional printing plant here this month and contract the printing of its newspaper, along with the weekly Barron’s, to The Des Moines Register, that paper reported. The current WSJ plant, which employs 25 people, produced editions for a four-state area. 

The Register’s plant will add six additional full-time and several part-time staffers to handle the added work. WSJ has also closed three other regional plants in the past six months, the Register reported.

Cenveo is closing its Easton, MD, Cadmus plant later this month. Around 200 people will lose their jobs.

In other downsizing news, Vertis Communications is shuttering its facility 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.

Likewise, Dallas-based Belo is closing its DFW Printing plant 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.

Knight Printing, of Fargo, ND, is cutting about 20 jobs to eliminate duplication, the Associated Press reports. Knight acquired Richtman Printing earlier in February, creating some redundancy. Knight Printing also has facilities in Bismarck, ND, and Des Moines, IA.

William Arthur Inc., of Kennebunk, ME, is reorganizing and is laying off 23 of its 300 employees, the York County Coast Star reports.

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

Capital Printing, 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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