By Dan Spalding
News Now Warsaw
WARSAW — LSC Communications, once one of the biggest non-orthopedic employers in Warsaw and formerly known as R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., has announced they plan to close its facility on Old Road 30.
The plant is expected to cease operations in September.
News Now Warsaw reached out to the company’s corporate office Tuesday morning but did not hear back immediately.
But Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer said shortly after noon Tuesday that the company informed him of the decision earlier in the day.
Thallemer said he was told the closing would affect around 500 people.
“Nobody wants to wake up and go into work and find out their job is being eliminated in two months,” Thallemer said. “That’s a lot of employees and families in this community that are going to have to switch employment, potentially have to be retrained, find a new job and go through some hardship along the way.”
Thallemer said he was told by John Pierog, vice president of manufacturing, that the property has already been sold to a development group that will find tenants for the manufacturing space.
“He assured me the building isn’t going to go dark,” Thallemer said.
LSC acquired R.R. Donnelley and Sons’ print division in 2016. In 2020, LSC was acquired by Atlas Holdings.
Atlas Holdings said on its website that LSC is the largest producer of books in the United States and a leading manufacturer and distributor of magazines, catalogs and office products.
In January, the printing company laid off over 650 workers in Lancaster, Pa., closing two plants.
At that time, the company said it would move the work at those two locations to its long-run print facilities in Maple Grove, Minnesota and Warsaw, according to a report by PennLive.com.
In March, it announced a reorganization, according to a story at PIWorld.com.