One of Lebanon's largest employers leaving town

By Cory Stark – bio |email

LEBANON, OH (FOX19) - The company, Quad Graphics made the announcement in August that it was closing its Lebanon print production plant.

Over the next four months the company will gradually layoff employees, in the end 400 people will be out of a job.

The Lebanon location isn't the only Quad Graphics facility shutting down. Four others will cease operations by the end of the year as well. The company released this statement saying:

"The closures are a major step in integrating operations and creating the most efficient and modern manufacturing platform in the industry."

In all the five plants announced for closure means the loss of 2,200 jobs. The global printing company is encouraging laid off employees to consider opportunities at other Quad Graphics facilities. But the loss of one of Lebanon's largest employers will have an impact.

Lebanon business owner Rick Leach said, "This is basically a small business town anyway. Fujitec is out and a lot of the bigger places have already gone out, so it's absolutely going to impact us.

Leach has operated Rick's Car Care in Lebanon for three years. He said although it may not be immediate, eventually his business will feel the impact of Quad Graphics leaving town.

"You think about it everyday," said Leach.  "Anybody that you hear going out of business, if you have the inkling that somebody is going out of business. You never know what is going to happen."

One employee said the company has offered each employee a severance package and has notified employees individually to when their last day of work will be.

The city of Lebanon is projected to lose $250,000 in revenue per year.