R.R. Donnelley To Close U.S. Plant
R.R. Donnelley and Sons Co.will close its Mendota printing plant at the end of May in a move that will affect 207 employees.
The pending closure will be devastating for the city, Mayor David Boelk said Thursday. Boelk said the company's announcement caught him off guard, adding that he learned about the closing on Wednesday when an employee called him in tears.
"I feel for all (the workers). There are quite a few families where both spouses work at the plant," Boelk said.
R.R. Donnelley is one of the largest employers in the city of 7,340 residents. As such, the closing will affect other businesses, including the local post office, which Boelk said was spared in the latest round of Postal Service closings because of the volume of mail generated by the plant. Boelk said he hopes to find a buyer for the plant that could rehire the workers.
The commerical printing company acquired the Mendota plant in 1992 after purchasing Combined Communication Services Inc., a magazine printer. Donnelley employs about 58,000 workers and makes store signs, labels, packaging, receipts, catalogs, coupons, direct mail, bills, books and magazines.
R.R. Donnelley has sought to adapt itself to an increasingly digital world in the last eight years. As part of that reorganization, it laid off 2,899 workers in 2011.