Around 335 at Waseca Plant to Lose Jobs

The Quad/Graphics facility in Waseca. Photo: Google Maps
The Quad/Graphics facility in Waseca.

October 24, 2017 02:42 PM

Around 335 employees at a Waseca marketing services provider were informed Tuesday their jobs will be eliminated at the end of this year.

Quad/Graphics announced it would close its Waseca plant, which employs 365 people and primarily produces special interest publications and journals.

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A release said around 30 of those employees will continue working for the company in Waseca, supporting clients and other Quad/Graphics facilities.

But work currently performed in Waseca will be consolidated into other Quad/Graphics locations across the country.

Waseca City Manager Danny Lenz said the city's total labor force currently numbers 3,700 - meaning the layoffs will amount to a loss of about 10 percent in a community of around 9,400.

Beyond that, he said the facility has long roots. It was known as the Brown Printing Company before it was purchased by Quad/Graphics in May of 2014.

Though he said the news was not unexpected, given cutbacks elsewhere in the company and the state of the printing business in general.

"It's always tough to lose a significant local employer," Lenz said. "We've had some other locally-owned businesses that have been purchased, then downsized. And this is another one of those cases.

"But it's a business that has some long, long ties to the community. At one point, almost everyone in town worked there or knew someone that did."

Lenz said the city hopes to attract a new company or development at the 770,000-square-foot site.

The release from Quad/Graphic said the company will "proactively assist Waseca employees in finding new jobs, including those available at other Quad/Graphics locations throughout the country."

The company plans to hold a career fair the week of Nov. 6. And the release said those who do not continue with the company will receive a separation package that includes severance pay and a continuation of health care benefits.

The company said it operates a total of 57 plants - 50 of which are in the U.S. - and employs more than 22,000 people. The company also operates a retail advertising insert manufacturing facility in Shakopee that employs 160 people and a content creation and sales location in Bloomington that employs around 50.

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