Chairman, President and CEO Joel Quadracci speaks during a
Waukesha County Business Alliance Event on Sept. 11, 2015.
- In the final months of 2015 global printing giant Quad/Graphics
announced a series of moves, including layoffs, to meet falling
revenue projections. The company announced by the end of 2015 it
would close plants in Augusta, Georgia, and East Greenville,
situation is different for facilities in Hartford, Lomira and
elsewhere in southeast Wisconsin, including in Sussex where
Quad/Graphics’ headquarters are located.
work is being funneled to the more efficient plants in southeast
Wisconsin,” said Claire Ho, Quad’s director of communications.
“In fact they are hiring more workers to keep up with the
additional work that’s being sent to Wisconsin. Our Wisconsin
platform is among the most efficient platforms in the entire
actions taken in the fourth quarter have improved the company’s
financial position and brightened the future for workers in
are pleased to report that our fourth quarter 2015 results were
better than we expected following our focused
efforts to aggressively manage costs and improve manufacturing
productivity,” said Quad/Graphics Chairman, President and Chief
Executive Officer Joel Quadracci. “I am proud of our team, which
took swift action to offset increased pricing and volume pressures
that had accelerated in the second half of 2015.
were able to incrementally reduce our cost structure by $100
million on a run rate basis for 2016 — ahead of schedule —
while driving increased productivity.”
like much of the printing industry, is feeling the impact of the
rise in the Internet and digital technology.
global economic climate remains in flux. Therefore, we will build
on our cost control momentum with aggressive, innovative cost
management and improved labor productivity,” Quadracci said.
Area Development Director Tom Hostad met several weeks ago with
the director of the Hartford Quad/Graphics facility, Mike Prock.
He said Prock indicated the future looks bright for the Hartford
plant and others in southeastern Wisconsin.
said our plants have the newest equipment — much of it near
Hostad said. “They’ve made significant investments in the area
and because of that more work will be coming here. That could mean
more jobs, too.”
officials face difficulties in finding skilled labor for the
Wisconsin production facilities and have signs outside area
facilities announcing their search for qualified workers.
provides a range of print and related products and services from
locations throughout North America, South America and Europe, and
strategic partnerships in Asia and other parts of the world.
Augusta plant employed 250 workers who specialized in printing
retail advertising inserts and catalogs. The Pennsylvania plant
employed about 400 workers specializing in printing magazines and
2010 Quad/Graphics has acquired several competitive printing
rivals and closed at least 23 plants and diverted work to more
efficient company locations. Before last fall’s actions,
Quad/Graphics operated 57 printing plants in the U.S., another
eight outside the country and employed about 24,000 people