Quad plans two plant closings following acquisition

By Arthur Thomas - Freeman Staff

June 25, 2014

SUSSEX - Quad/Graphics will close a plant in Illinois and another in Minnesota following the acquisition of Brown Printing Company, spokeswoman Claire Ho said in an email Tuesday.

The completion of the Brown acquisition was announced at the end of May and Ho said “the plant closures are necessary to address overlaps in business, rationalize capacity and increase distribution efficiencies.”

The closure will impact a facility in St. Cloud, Minn. that currently employs 280 people. A Woodstock, Ill., plant that currently employs 550 people will also be closing. Both plants print magazines and catalogs, Ho said.

The company is not closing any Wisconsin facilities.

“Our goal is to create the strongest, most competitive platform for serving our clients long into the future. To that end, we are consolidating work into fewer plants, choosing those where we believe we can achieve the greatest manufacturing and distribution efficiencies,” Ho said.

She added Quad is looking to help employees from the two plants to find openings elsewhere in the company, but if employees are not interested in transferring, there would be a separation package.