Printing Plant Shutter in Atglen Will Leave 150 Jobless


A printing press worker at Quad/Graphics.--via

Quad/Graphics’ printing plant located in western Chester County is the latest casualty of the decline in print media. The news of the closure of the Atglen based plant, which employs close to 150 people, was announced in a letter to Chester County officials by Pat Henderson, the Director of Government Affairs for Quad/Graphics, writes Brian McCullough for Daily Local News.

“I wish that I was writing to you with better news,” the letter states. “This morning we met with our employees in Atglen to inform them of the company’s decision to close the facility. This plant is part of our retail insert platform, which means it focuses on advertisements that are placed inside newspapers. As the newspaper industry continues to be challenged so too is the volume of advertising that accompany the newspaper itself.”

The company will scale down production immediately, with February 27th planned as the final day of operations.

“I wanted to make sure that you had a heads up about something that impacts the economic development of your community,” says Henderson in the letter.

The President and CEO of the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry, Guy Ciarrocchi, commented that this is difficult news for both the employees and the county.

“This is very sad for the employees, their families and the Atglen community,” he remarked. “We will work with the County and others to help as best we can.”

The news came less than a year after an employee of the company died at the Atglen facility last March after getting crushed by a load of circulars inside a clogged baler.

This is the latest in a string of recent closures, as the company already announced the closure of its plants in Loveland and Enfield in August, as well as its East Greenville plant in Upper Hanover in Montgomery County in November.

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