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Updated announcement about the Plant Closings

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Management

Odessa, FL

#1 Oct 28, 2011
“Today’s announcement is another step in our 24-month journey to integrate operations of the combined companies, which will further enhance the efficiency and overall competitiveness of our manufacturing platform,” said Joel Quadracci, Quad/Graphics Chairman, President & CEO.“We remain steadfast in our commitment to take the necessary actions that will move our business forward, create value for our clients and shareholders, and build long-term stability and success for our employees.”

The Richmond plant encompasses approximately 225,000 square feet and currently employs approximately 125 people. It will run at full production until it closes in December 2011.

The Stillwater plant is approximately 350,000 square feet and employs approximately 240 people. It will begin stepping down operations in December 2011 and cease production in May 2012.

Customer work at both plants will be consolidated into other Quad/Graphics facilities

Meanwhile all of the employees will be thrown away like trash because we at Quad Graphics dont give a shit about who it affects or what lives are disrupted.

Furthermore Joel Quadracci has implemented a new procedure to go with the blue uniforms and glasses. Starting immediately ALL employees are to wear there official QG blonde David Coverdale wigs. If anyone is caught without the blonde wig on you will be forced to make gay porn with Joels brother.
plant killer

Pleasant View, TN

#2 Oct 28, 2011
everyone who works at a world color plant start looking for other work quad is losing there asses all world color will close start looking now we just finished 1 of quad plant went down
IHeardThat

Richmond, KY

#3 Oct 30, 2011
Thank you Quad for forcing me to leave a job I have hated for years, one that has repeatedly cut pay and benefits while continually reducing said benefits. It took months of hard work looking but I have found another job that I love with better benefits in a growing industry, not a dying one. I had to start making less money but I learned a long time ago to live within my means or below, not above them, so that's ok. My future looks much brighter than it did with you. Thank you for the severance that allowed me to feed my family in the interim. Good bye and good riddance!

Take heart, brothers. There IS LIFE AFTER QUAD, a better one in fact, even in this tough economy if you are willing to hang in there and work hard.
Billy

Clarksville, TN

#4 Oct 31, 2011
depew

Buffalo, NY

#5 Oct 31, 2011
Just some information from Depew. The Scrapers here tell us after this Plant they have four more to go.They did not say where though?These are the same crew that scrapped the other Plant's
old timer

Dickson, TN

#6 Oct 31, 2011
Billy wrote:
Quad/Graphics (Nasdaq: QUAD ): GovernanceMetrics International finds the financial distress probability at 6.25% and the accounting and governance risk to be "aggressive." Business Insider reports: Quad/Graphics has been on a buying spree, picking up competitor World Color Press out of bankruptcy and buying HGI Company in 2010. Since then profit margins have been under pressure and debt is high, according to The Street.
management

United States

#7 Nov 1, 2011
old timer wrote:
<quoted text>Quad/Graphics (Nasdaq: QUAD ): GovernanceMetrics International finds the financial distress probability at 6.25% and the accounting and governance risk to be "aggressive." Business Insider reports: Quad/Graphics has been on a buying spree, picking up competitor World Color Press out of bankruptcy and buying HGI Company in 2010. Since then profit margins have been under pressure and debt is high, according to The Street.
Don't pay attention to this nonsense. This is all smoke and mirrors. We at Quad will be fine as soon as we finish scrapping all the old World Color plants. After we scrap all the WC plants and fire all the employees we will be left with just what we want. The accounts and nothing else. We have to stay steadfast to our objectives and in the end we will be down to our Wisconsin plants and that's the onlything that matters. Love Joel.
Oh Yeah

Skandia, MI

#8 Nov 1, 2011
management wrote:
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Don't pay attention to this nonsense. This is all smoke and mirrors. We at Quad will be fine as soon as we finish scrapping all the old World Color plants. After we scrap all the WC plants and fire all the employees we will be left with just what we want. The accounts and nothing else. We have to stay steadfast to our objectives and in the end we will be down to our Wisconsin plants and that's the onlything that matters. Love Joel.
Finally A HONEST and true answer. In all this nonsense these posts have become, one post reigns supreme.
real printer

Clear Lake, MN

#9 Jan 20, 2012
If only Quad knew how to print.....technology does not equate to knowledge. Temps only know how to stack.
smokin gun

Vanleer, TN

#10 Jan 20, 2012
real printer wrote:
If only Quad knew how to print.....technology does not equate to knowledge. Temps only know how to stack.
so true qaud doesn;t know how to print. all they do is punch a button,they don;t know what true honest printing really is,, the ones that came to dickson said their people could not do what we do.
whats your problem

Ambler, PA

#11 Jan 20, 2012
Open Letter to Joel
Dear Joel,
Where do we begin? It was safe to say that when the news of Quad Graphics had acquired World Color, a large portion of the employees here at the Atglen facility thought that things would be on an upward swing. It looked very good for many employees here; however a black cloud of despair has reared it’s very ugly head.
It seems as though management has taken full advantage of the job market and has used this as a tool of discontent, mockery, slave labor, and what ever rule they can bend to meet their evil purposes. We have employees with forty years of service in this plant that is treated like dogs. Forty years is a long time to be at one job. Forty years is how long Quad has been in existence. We are not asking to be treated as Kings, but just to treated as human beings. The mere thought of this makes one to wonder if this is the true Quad way.
There is no community involvement here, the community use come here and rely on small token items that it takes to survive. Hoagie sales barbequed chicken are just a few things that our community were very, very grateful for and be able to come into the plant and meet our neighbors, that’s all gone.
Company with a soul, there is no such thing in Atglen. We have nothing but a bunch of “I know what I’m doing” managers running this plant and not running it very well. Soon as word gets out that someone of importance is coming they hide things behind normally open doors. They must take you for some of fool. Management is very good at running things into the ground. Is this safe? We do not think so!!
Your management is very good at cursing the employees. More than once it has been heard in the hallways your top dog dropping the “f” word when things do not go his way. Is this the Quad way? Humiliation, favoritism runs rampant in this plant unchecked.
And it all come from management, what happened to treat all people the same. All those little sayings on your little blue pinwheel mean absolutely nothing here in Atglen.
Honesty, integrity, and accountability, the values, which should be the hallmark of this company, have instead been thrown under the bus by an arrogant bunch of managers and foremen, casualties in a misguided plant to shield from accountability those who abuse the workers.
We hope this letter finds its way to you Joel, we hope that you are the fair person that you seem to be. Please help, Atglen is being run by the Satan himself, he will not be hard to miss, he is tall, wearing prescription safety glasses, and ESD rated shoes.
The Mad Hatter

Reno, NV

#12 Jan 20, 2012
whats your problem wrote:
Open Letter to Joel
Dear Joel,
Where do we begin? It was safe to say that when the news of Quad Graphics had acquired World Color, a large portion of the employees here at the Atglen facility thought that things would be on an upward swing. It looked very good for many employees here; however a black cloud of despair has reared it’s very ugly head.
It seems as though management has taken full advantage of the job market and has used this as a tool of discontent, mockery, slave labor, and what ever rule they can bend to meet their evil purposes. We have employees with forty years of service in this plant that is treated like dogs. Forty years is a long time to be at one job. Forty years is how long Quad has been in existence. We are not asking to be treated as Kings, but just to treated as human beings. The mere thought of this makes one to wonder if this is the true Quad way.
There is no community involvement here, the community use come here and rely on small token items that it takes to survive. Hoagie sales barbequed chicken are just a few things that our community were very, very grateful for and be able to come into the plant and meet our neighbors, that’s all gone.
Company with a soul, there is no such thing in Atglen. We have nothing but a bunch of “I know what I’m doing” managers running this plant and not running it very well. Soon as word gets out that someone of importance is coming they hide things behind normally open doors. They must take you for some of fool. Management is very good at running things into the ground. Is this safe? We do not think so!!
Your management is very good at cursing the employees. More than once it has been heard in the hallways your top dog dropping the “f” word when things do not go his way. Is this the Quad way? Humiliation, favoritism runs rampant in this plant unchecked.
And it all come from management, what happened to treat all people the same. All those little sayings on your little blue pinwheel mean absolutely nothing here in Atglen.
Honesty, integrity, and accountability, the values, which should be the hallmark of this company, have instead been thrown under the bus by an arrogant bunch of managers and foremen, casualties in a misguided plant to shield from accountability those who abuse the workers.
We hope this letter finds its way to you Joel, we hope that you are the fair person that you seem to be. Please help, Atglen is being run by the Satan himself, he will not be hard to miss, he is tall, wearing prescription safety glasses, and ESD rated shoes.
This letter is one of the best post I've seen yet. The funny thing is, all these things are the same here in Fernley NV. I believe they are the same in every World Color plant. Quad is smoke and mirrors. No more no less! I do wish that Joel could or would read this letter, however the sad thing is I do not think it would matter to him. The really sad part is how people fall for the lies! The fact remains, that Quad will not fail untill there customers are hurt in earnings "there pockets" by how Quad treats there employees.... new and old. If anyone cares, let the customers know, tell them how you feel, tell them the truth! Money is all that matters to Joel and his "Quad Family". I refuse to shop at anywhere that Quad prints for, and when asked, I tell people why. This is the only way.
2nd pressman

Sussex, WI

#13 Jan 21, 2012
smokin gun wrote:
<quoted text>so true qaud doesn;t know how to print. all they do is punch a button,they don;t know what true honest printing really is,, the ones that came to dickson said their people could not do what we do.
And you certainly don't know how to spell and obviously how a press works. You dont "punch" a button.
ITS OVER

Dickson, TN

#14 Jan 21, 2012
Boy did you all hit the nail on the hamer, They went as far as to send the management in the Dickson plant to the Rock to get them to learn the QUAD CULT. like that help. What Quad doesn't understand is once a snake always a snake. Or maybe they do.
smokin gun

La Vergne, TN

#15 Jan 21, 2012
2nd pressman wrote:
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And you certainly don't know how to spell and obviously how a press works. You dont "punch" a button.
getting upset little queens,,,didn;t have a problem spelling that now did i.. did it hurt your feeling to know that some of your own told the truth. i;m sure it did.now go touch those button. so u don;t get hurt..
Lizzie Kathy

Wantagh, NY

#16 Jan 21, 2012
Not only are employees at the plants treated like dogs, but many long term employess in administration are also treated like dogs. Its the Quad way. There is massive favoritism throughout the company. It will never change so if you don't like how you like being treated, start looking for another job.
worker b

Graniteville, SC

#17 Jan 21, 2012
Evans will be another step closer to shutting down when more layoffs come next week and more work goes to the mother ship in the cheese state.LOOK OUT CUSTOMER SERVICE THE VISITOR IS A SPY!Kelvin and Kevin are on the way out.
guest 34

United States

#20 Jan 25, 2012
smokin gun wrote:
<quoted text>so true qaud doesn;t know how to print. all they do is punch a button,they don;t know what true honest printing really is,, the ones that came to dickson said their people could not do what we do.
um I work at quad one of the newer plants...and we DO know how to print..its not just pushing buttons let me tell u..been here 10 yrs..7 yrs as press operator and your statement is so untrue..we work very hard out here on the floor to meet customer expectations..too hard at times..don't be hating cause we have the latest technology..we are running these machines at high speeds and it takes lots of team work..sorry you have or are gonna lose your job..transfer here and run a real press
oh come on_really

Kentwood, LA

#21 Feb 21, 2012
guest 34 wrote:
<quoted text> um I work at quad one of the newer plants...and we DO know how to print..its not just pushing buttons let me tell u..been here 10 yrs..7 yrs as press operator and your statement is so untrue..we work very hard out here on the floor to meet customer expectations..too hard at times..don't be hating cause we have the latest technology..we are running these machines at high speeds and it takes lots of team work..sorry you have or are gonna lose your job..transfer here and run a real press
10 years? means that you were running a press after 3 years. Not to be too mean but give me a break! The ONLY way anyone would be able to run a press after 3 years is by only knowing to push a button. There is no way humanly possible that anyone could effectively run a printing after only 3 years, sorry.
I operated a press for 24 years with over 15 years before that learning HOW to be an operator and I promise you that I've done more than punch/slam/kick/poke or press lots of buttons. There is an element of skill you learn only when the buttons don't work. You understand the basics of printing way beyond setting the density on your closed loop.
The only example we've seen in our WC legacy plant of your Quad expert printer is some little bald headed bozo that has no clue how to print. He even admits it and by the way, he's been in the business for 10 years too.
Bob

Memphis, TN

#22 Feb 21, 2012
oh come on_really wrote:
<quoted text>
10 years? means that you were running a press after 3 years. Not to be too mean but give me a break! The ONLY way anyone would be able to run a press after 3 years is by only knowing to push a button. There is no way humanly possible that anyone could effectively run a printing after only 3 years, sorry.
I operated a press for 24 years with over 15 years before that learning HOW to be an operator and I promise you that I've done more than punch/slam/kick/poke or press lots of buttons. There is an element of skill you learn only when the buttons don't work. You understand the basics of printing way beyond setting the density on your closed loop.
The only example we've seen in our WC legacy plant of your Quad expert printer is some little bald headed bozo that has no clue how to print. He even admits it and by the way, he's been in the business for 10 years too.
I was told 33 years ago by a guy that had been in the printing business for over 40 years, that it would eventually all come down to bean counters and button pushers. He said that management wanted all the "skill" removed from the business because they have to pay too much for someone that actually knows how the printing process works. He said that the bean counters would be dictating what will be done, all based on cost, not quality, and everything else will be done by someone pushing a button on a computer console.

I think he was correct..........

My prediction, now 33 years later, is that printing will continue to decline and be taken over by electronic documents. The generation growing up now do not "know" what books are for, they have been conditioned from grade school to use computers and cell phones. If they want to know something, they just whip out the cell phone and google it. No need to print anything, you can bookmark it for later or, email it, or save it to your flash drive.

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