400 locals to lose jobs after Lebanon plant closes

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

LEBANON, OH (FOX19)  - Quad/Graphics is closing its plant in Lebanon. About 400 employees will have to find new places to work.

Off camera, workers told FOX19 they found out on Thursday. Some said they're now trying to find the strength to break the news to their families.

The plant has operated from a site off Fujitec Drive since 1991.

Corporate spokesperson Claire Ho said the move stems from an attempt to cut costs after a merger last month with a rival Canadian-based printing company.

This plant is one of five closing, including offices also in: Clarksville, Tenn.; Corinth, Miss.; Reno, Nev.; and Dyersburg, Tenn. A total of 2,200 workers will lose their jobs.

The move will save the company $225 million.

Ho said the company is pledging to help workers find jobs elsewhere; either at another office or another company.

Chairman, President and CEO of Quad/Graphics Joel Quadracci said this in a statement, "No plant is closing because of employee performance or client service issues, but rather because we are moving work to locations with the most efficient platforms for serving our clients' needs," said Quadracci. "To the extent possible, we'd like employees to continue with the company and we will review transfer opportunities with them."

None of the workers we talked to today wanted to go on camera. They said they don't want to jeopardize any chance they might have at getting one of those jobs or benefits from the company while they're unemployed.

The closure will be a gradual process and will include a phasing out workers and the work until December 31.

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