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Printing plant closing...

by Karin L. Nauber

“We are not authorized to make any statements.”

These words are the response we received when we called the LSC Communications printing plant in Long Prairie to ask about the impending closure of the business which has been a part of Long Prairie for many years and is one of the largest private employers in the area.

Employees found out this past week that the doors to their company would be closing as of April.

Many calls were made to LSC Communications Corporate Chief of Sustainability Michael Manzella, but without a response because the number rang “busy” in multiple call attempts.

According to Long Prairie City Administrator Brenda Thomes, the city received a notice which told them to direct news media and information requests to Manzella.

“This will be tough to recover from, but we’re a great community,” said Thomes in talking about the closing of the plant.

What we do know, however, is that the plant will be closing beginning with layoffs sometime in March. According to an employee, they were first given a date of April 1, but now have been notified that production will be halted on March 18.

In the January 17 Business Journals, a short article ran which was written by Nick Williams who is a staff reporter for the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal...

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