Quad Graphics, a company with facilities all over the world, will be closing its Humboldt Industrial Park location on June 1, 2018. The closing of the Hazleton area plant will lead to around 165 people being out of work. Employees were made aware of the closing at a meeting on March 23rd.
Quad Graphics acquired the Hazleton facility as part of its purchase of World Color Press in July 2010. Quad Graphics specializes in producing printed phonebooks and directories. Many employees anticipated this closure with the decline of the printing industry. With so much information available in digital form the need for printed phone books and directories has become outdated and almost obsolete.
After the Friday meeting, alerting them of the closure, employees were sent home for safety reasons. Officials did not want employees continuing to work dealing with the news that they would be losing their jobs in a few months. Officials with the company said these 165 workers will not be offered a position at Quad Graphic’s other facilities. According to the press release, full-time employees represented by the union are part of a collective bargaining agreement that provides severance pay. All other employees will receive separation benefits that include pay, extension of healthcare and assistance with career outplacement.