MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) — More than 700 employees in Coles County will have to find a new place to work.
LSC Communications, which used to be R.R. Donnolly, announced it is closing three of its plants. One in Virginia, another in Kentucky and the last in Mattoon.
This is a blow as the largest industrial employer in Coles County. People were upset and many are wondering what is next?
“I was very scared,worried about what I was going to do; how I was going to provide for my family,” said Tony Wishard, LSC Communications employee. Wishard is one of the hundreds concerned about how they are going to pay the bills. He started working for LSC Communications in Mattoon last October. “They all called us to the cafeteria and they told us that they were closing the doors come July,” said Wishard. The father of 3 mentioned he recently got married and bought a house.
Around 750 employees will be impacted. Mattoon’s mayor sent out a statement:
While we acknowledge that closings and cutbacks have been a trend in this industry for some time as digital media and communications have outpaced traditional print communication,it does not alleviate the sting of this news.”Tim Grover, Mattoon Mayor
The director of the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce says before this announcement, LSC Communications had around 100 job openings.
Lake Land College President Dr. Josh Bullock says the school will offer support with educational and training opportunities as well as dislocated worker services through the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act.
City leaders say they plan to actively market the site for future business opportunities to prevent the building being empty and unused.
Original: 9:30 am, 1/14/20, Tuesday
MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) — LSC Communications, Inc. announced Tuesday it’s closing manufacturing facilities around the country, including the local site.
Others being shut down are in Strasburg, Va., and Glasgow, Ky. The company says the closings are to “focus on manufacturing footprint optimization to align with industry trends” which will reduce costs and improve utilization across LSC’s production facilities.
The move means LSC has closed eight facilities across various business segments and reduced its workforce by about 2,500 people.