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Largest industrial employer in Coles County to close

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Mattoon LSC plant closing

The LSC Communications Inc. plant located along U.S. Route 45 north of Mattoon is shown Tuesday morning. Company officials announced that the magazine and catalog publishing plant will close later this year.

MATTOON — The Chicago-based printing company LSC Communications Inc. announced Tuesday that its Mattoon plant will be closing by July. It is the largest industrial employer in Coles County.

The factory on U.S. Route 45 was previously known as R.R. Donnelley and celebrated a 50th anniversary in 2018. The plant has 750 workers.

Company sites in Strasburg, Virginia, and Glasgow, Kentucky, also are closing as part of a restructuring, the company said. 

“The actions we announced (Tuesday) represent another step in our proactive efforts to address the significant structural changes in the industry. With many print titles moving to a fully digital platform, decreasing their frequencies, page and/or run counts, or closing entirely, our strategy is to further align our platform with these industry trends," said company executive Thomas J. Quinlan III in a statement. 

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The company did not disclose how many workers are employed at the factory. 

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. built the plant on about 195 acres 3 miles north of Mattoon at a cost of $16 million in 1967. It was was designed to print Family Circle Magazine and later handled the printing, binding and wrapping of books and catalogs. 

The Mattoon facility had been issuing employee hiring announcements as recently as this week and had been partnering with Lake Land College on a fast-track training program for prospective new employees.

Including Tuesday's announcement, LSC reported that it will have closed a total of eight facilities across various business segments and reduced its workforce by approximately 2,500 employees.


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Contact Rob Stroud at (217) 238-6861.

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