Quad to Strengthen Canadian Platform with $23M Investment, Plant Consolidation
St. Jean Plant Closing
The St. Jean plant will begin stepping down operations immediately and the company expects to cease production by the end of this year. The plant encompasses nearly 240,000 square feet and employs approximately 270 people. Client work will be transitioned to other, more efficient plants within Quad/Graphics’ existing network of facilities. The company will proactively assist impacted employees in finding new jobs, including those available at other Quad/Graphics locations.
Following the closure, the company will have eight printing plants in Canada in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; Montréal, St. Laurent and LaSalle, Quebec; Aurora and Concord, Ontario; Edmonton, Alberta; and Vancouver, British Columbia, as well as a fully integrated premedia facility in Toronto that offers prepress, photography and creative services.
Edmonton Plant Focus
The company will dedicate the Edmonton facility to producing retail inserts and directories, capitalizing on the plant’s superior manufacturing and distribution capabilities in these segments. Magazine and other commercial work currently produced in the Edmonton plant will be transferred to the company’s Aurora, Ontario, facility, which is well-equipped for high-quality and timely magazine production. The transition of work between the two facilities is expected to occur within the next 30 days. As a result, approximately 30 employee positions will be eliminated in Edmonton.
“While we are very focused on integrating operations and achieving synergies, we are also focused on finding ways to better serve our clients and help them grow and succeed in the Canadian marketplace,” Quadracci said. “We have more solutions than ever to help clients capitalize on the power of print as part of a multichannel communications strategy.”
Quad/Graphics (NYSE: QUAD) is a global provider of print and related multichannel solutions for consumer magazines, special interest publications, catalogs, retail inserts and circulars, direct mail products, books and directories. Headquartered in the United States in Sussex, Wisconsin (just west of Milwaukee), the company has approximately 28,000 employees working from locations throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe. As a printing industry innovator, Quad/Graphics (www.QG.com) is redefining the power of print in today’s multimedia world by helping its clients use print as the foundation of multichannel communications strategies to drive their top-line revenues.