Quad/Graphics to close Atlanta facility, move some operations to Pewaukee

Special to The Freeman

Dec. 4, 2014

SUSSEX — Quad/Graphics confirmed Thursday it will be closing its direct mail production facility in Atlanta by Feb. 1 — a decision that will affect about 100 jobs.

Claire Ho, director of corporate communications for Quad/Graphics, said the decision to close the plant was part of the company “optimizing our direct mail production platform to provide our customers with the widest variety of audience-engaging direct mail formats and faster in-home delivery, among other benefits. We have invested heavily in our direct mail production platform over the past four years, spending nearly $70 million to add and upgrade equipment and capabilities.”

She said in the next year, Quad/Graphics will invest in additional platform enhancements that support the company’s customer base. Direct mail production operations will be centralized in Pewaukee, Effingham, Ill.; Chalfont and York, Penn.; and Westampton and Monroe, N.J., plants, complemented by our two commingling super centers in Wisconsin and New Jersey.

The platform and building in Atlanta require significant, costly upgrades to keep it productive and competitive, Ho said. Operations will begin ramping down in January.

“We will help employees transition from their jobs. They will have the opportunity to review job openings at other Quad/Graphics facilities. We also have print-production facilities in Augusta, Ga., and The Rock, Ga., as well as across the country. Of course, we know job transitions are never easy and we thank all the employees in Atlanta for their dedication to serving our clients well,” Ho said in the email.

Additional mailing volume will be processed through Quad/Graphics New Berlin commingling center.