Dubuque printing plant to close next month, 215 jobs lost

Facility to switch focus to softcover book production, bound products

A Wisconsin commercial printing company is closing its plant in Dubuque late next month, eliminating 215 jobs at it adjusts to changes in the printing industry.

Quad/Graphics of Sussex, Wis., announced Wednesday that it will transfer the work performed at its production facility on Kerper Boulevard to other plants in the U.S.

Claire Ho, director of media relations for Quad /Graphics, said the company is responding to what she described as an industry in transition due to the rise of online publications and textbooks.

Quad /Graphics has given 30 days notice to its employees that it plans to close its Dubuque facility.

The company announced in August 2012 it planned to cut 50 to 60 jobs at the Dubuque plant by the end of 2012. At the time of the announcement, Ho said that Quad Graphics was refocusing its Dubuque facility on softcover book production, rebind jobs and mechanically bound products.

Quad /Graphics previously eliminated 24 jobs in May 2012.

Quad /Graphics bought the Dubuque printing plant in January 2010 from World Color Press, formerly Quebecor World.

Although it has changed ownership over the years, the Dubuque plant has been operating since 1949 when it was constructed by Wm. C. Brown Communications, an educational publishing company. It was sold to McGraw Hill in October 1996.

After the signing of the sales agreement, McGraw Hill sold the book manufacturing division to Quebecor Book Group.

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