Quad Graphics to buy World Color
matchlighter

Olean, NY

#184 Feb 4, 2010
Those of you working for world color better be ready for a lot of consolidation and plant closings. Quad bought thecompany for the work not the plants. If your plant does the smae work as aquad plant ,then yours will close.Quad wants their presses and binders to run 100%. he buffalo plant maybe saved because they print paperbacks,but if quad has a plant that prints books then buffalo will be gone.By july the company known as world color will be a memory.Quad going public means they want the money to pay for this merger and new equiptment.
old timer

Cordova, TN

#185 Feb 4, 2010
if the dyersburg plant drug test they will lose half of there people look at night shift
old man

Cordova, TN

#186 Feb 4, 2010
if quad graphics buy world color i hope dean deimer ass is gone
Iknowsum

Milan, TN

#187 Feb 5, 2010
old timer wrote:
if the dyersburg plant drug test they will lose half of there people look at night shift
What a stupid thing to get on here and say about our Facility as I can see your connection is coming from Memphis. I guess this means you work in Dyersburg. This is a world color topix board, not Dyersburg topix. I don't do drugs, as well as a lot of other people out here. I do believe there are a select few from the younger generation that I have heard about out here, and I am sure most other plants probably have them too. I dont think this stupid comment is appropriate for a World Color topix, go back to dburg topix board please. Leave us a little bit of integrity.
hadenuff

Rochester, NY

#188 Feb 6, 2010
OKIE wrote:
I've worked for world color before it was quebecor world. When quad opened their new plant in okc I was there knocking on the door before they even put one up. I hated working for quebecor every minute I was there. Queb had little to no respect for the employee. Quad is a much better company all around. Pay, Benifits, management, communication, equipment, technology, I could go on and on but the list would be very long. I hope most of the WC employees hang around to see what it's like to work for a real printing company that knows how to spend a dollar.
I agree with you 100%. Maybe Quad is not utopia, but Quebecor and World Color raped the employees blind. Dumb investments by Pierre Karl and the arrogant wild west mentality by his chicken shit cronies who were afraid to tell him NO led to the bankruptcy that the hourly employees helped save. World Color was a great printer before the acquisition by Quebecor, as was Arcata Graphics. It became apparent in the early 2000 years that Pierre had no real plan on staying with the print media, and he sold it down the river years later, hurting all the employees who helped his dad build a good business. Quad will have some tough decisions to make in the future, and some wonderful people may get hurt. I just hope they clear out all the plant managers who stepped all over the floor people to save their jobs for the past year or so. What was done to the hourly employees was an absolute crime. Quebecor World ----World Color Press, has set up their plant managers with severance packages and is already getting rid of them. This was done because Quad will not have to honor their packages when the buy out is complete. Therefore once again the fat cats are getting rewarded right under your nose, but most people think they are being punished by loosing their jobs.
BILLER

Kingsport, TN

#189 Feb 6, 2010
Does Quad have billers, payroll ,and accounts payable at each plant or is it centralized?
wcemployee

Chicago, IL

#190 Feb 7, 2010
CP Rolltenderess wrote:
Rooster & Billy - it was just a reminder for everyone. Until the deal goes through Quad's still a private company and there's a reason our website doesn't list out where everything is by location. I think the same goes for WC that while they have some information out on the website it doesn't come right out and list #'s of etc.:) Sure it can be found out, but let's face it, why make it any easier for RRD or any other competitor to make an inventory of our capabilities?
(Example with that quote from Tom Q from quite a few years ago, it doesn't say how many are at each location. It's fine to say we have X amt at all plants but to say we have X at Lomira, X at Martinsburg I think starts to go past that.*shrugs* What do I know? I was just trying to make a point that sure talk about things, but watch how much detail there is.:))
***
Everyone here is worried too about what our wages are going to do and benefits too. Are we getting paid more/less/the same? I think we've always been paid fairly for our work and by what the cost of living is where we live.
When everything finally gets decided, we'll all be crying while opening rolls or at our desks, or we'll be excited as heck.(I'm hoping for the later of the two!)
I'll tell you though, I'm truly curious how the shifts are going to work and if each plant will stay as is or switch up. 12 hours (3-4 days/week) can suck if you have a family, but when you're single it's pretty darn sweet. I think it'd be good if they'd survey everyone and pick the majority vote type deal. Are you all 3-8's or does it very for you all?
Wearing the Quad blues isn't so bad. They usually get washed for you, so no ink in your washer/dryer which rocks.(Unless you work in the offices - then you're on your own.) It's nice not having to figure out what you have to wear. Get ready, throw on your blues and out the door. Production can just rent their uniforms for a good price/week. It rocks.
Like I said, I wish we could all actually start talking more details on everything and trading ideas on how to pull make ready times down, or whatever, or bitching about how much it sucks running "x" paper for jobs and how to make it run better, or whatever. I'm just excited cause I've heard all of the WC employees are great and know their stuff; it was just the upper management that had made bad decisions in the past.*shrugs*
I hope everyone remembers that to some degree. I'll admit my initial reaction to the news was a wtf are we doing? After that thought though - I am excited, and I hope most everyone is too, even if we're all nervous about jobs and what's going to really happen. Think of it this way, there is a HECK of a lot of opportunity for all employees and both companies coming out of this whole deal. Maybe you've wanted to do something new within the company, now's probably one of the best chances you'd get to make moves and all of that. And/or prove that you really are the best at what you do.:)
We work 5 8s. Mon through fri and sometimes every other weekend. That's 12 days in a row. I would love to go back to 3 12s.
jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj jjjj

Sussex, WI

#191 Mar 8, 2010
BILLER wrote:
Does Quad have billers, payroll ,and accounts payable at each plant or is it centralized?
There are administrative positions in each plant, but many are centralized.
Billy

Elk Grove Village, IL

#192 Mar 8, 2010
jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj wrote:
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There are administrative positions in each plant, but many are centralized.
__________

Now THAT's the sort of definitive answer "BILLER" was looking for!
Gravurist

Chicago, IL

#193 Mar 8, 2010
http://deadtreeedition.blogspot.com/search...

Interesting article on Quad, including a link to the Quad SEC Form 4 filing on the Quad/ World Color deal
Billy

Elk Grove Village, IL

#194 Mar 9, 2010
POSTED ON THE INTRANET (NOTE HOW MOUNT MORRIS IS MISSPELLED)
__________

Worldcolor North American Organizational Announcement

I am pleased to announce the following appointments to our North American leadership team reporting to the undersigned. This management structure will ensure we are working together as one Worldcolor focused on customer service, operational efficiency, reducing costs and increasing sales to benefit all our stakeholders.

Sales and Marketing

Mike Bloomfield, Executive Vice President, Sales, is in charge of the sales team focused on Retail Inserts, Catalogs and Direct Mail.

Gary Brusseau, Executive Vice President, Sales, leads the sales team focused on the book segment.

Philippe Cloutier, President, Worldcolor Canada, leads the Canadian sales team

Todd Omvig, Executive Vice President, Sales is in charge of the Directory sales team

Maura Packham, Vice President Marketing, is in charge of marketing and sales support

Mike Riley, Executive Vice President, Sales, leads the long-run magazine sales team

Ed Sheehan, Executive Vice President, Sales, is in charge of the team focused on the short-run magazine and targeted publications segments

Sean Twomey, Executive Vice President, Market Development, Marketing, will also assume responsibilities for pricing and estimating

Manufacturing

Gary Durand, Executive Vice President, Operations, is responsible for;TPC plants; St Cloud, Cincinnati, Midland Canada; St Romuald, St Jean, Joncas, Montreal, Aurora. Book; Dubuque, Versailles, Martinsburg, Fairfield, Eusey, Taunton Book

Eric Steinbach, Executive Vice President, Operations, is responsible for; Directory; Waukee, Loveland, Hazelton Stillwater, Merced, Buffalo

Dean Wimer, Executive Vice President, Operations, is responsible for; U.S. Retail plants; Atglen, Nevada, Riverside, Pittsburg, Taunton Retail, Winchester, Nashville, Richmond, Dickson U.S. Catalog plants; Augusta, Mr. Morris, Franklin, Corinth, Jonesboro U.S. Direct plants; Atlanta, Effingham, Enfield as well as Clarksville and Dyersburg Canada; Dartmouth, Lasalle, Concord, Edmonton, Vancouver

Finance and Human Resources

Gregg Gavin, Vice President Human Resources (Interim)

John Ross Executive Vice President Finance & Administration

This is a strong and seasoned team with a minimum of 10 years experience in our industry. I know they can count on your support as we move forward.

Brian Freschi
President North American Operations
Worldcolor
vandyke

Ottawa, Canada

#195 Mar 9, 2010
Billy wrote:
POSTED ON THE INTRANET (NOTE HOW MOUNT MORRIS IS MISSPELLED)
__________
Worldcolor North American Organizational Announcement
I am pleased to announce the following appointments to our North American leadership team reporting to the undersigned. This management structure will ensure we are working together as one Worldcolor focused on customer service, operational efficiency, reducing costs and increasing sales to benefit all our stakeholders.

Sales and Marketing
Mike Bloomfield, Executive Vice President, Sales, is in charge of the sales team focused on Retail Inserts, Catalogs and Direct Mail.
Gary Brusseau, Executive Vice President, Sales, leads the sales team focused on the book segment.
Philippe Cloutier, President, Worldcolor Canada, leads the Canadian sales team
Todd Omvig, Executive Vice President, Sales is in charge of the Directory sales team
Maura Packham, Vice President Marketing, is in charge of marketing and sales support
Mike Riley, Executive Vice President, Sales, leads the long-run magazine sales team
Ed Sheehan, Executive Vice President, Sales, is in charge of the team focused on the short-run magazine and targeted publications segments
Sean Twomey, Executive Vice President, Market Development, Marketing, will also assume responsibilities for pricing and estimating
Manufacturing
Gary Durand, Executive Vice President, Operations, is responsible for;TPC plants; St Cloud, Cincinnati, Midland Canada; St Romuald, St Jean, Joncas, Montreal, Aurora. Book; Dubuque, Versailles, Martinsburg, Fairfield, Eusey, Taunton Book
Eric Steinbach, Executive Vice President, Operations, is responsible for; Directory; Waukee, Loveland, Hazelton Stillwater, Merced, Buffalo
Dean Wimer, Executive Vice President, Operations, is responsible for; U.S. Retail plants; Atglen, Nevada, Riverside, Pittsburg, Taunton Retail, Winchester, Nashville, Richmond, Dickson U.S. Catalog plants; Augusta, Mr. Morris, Franklin, Corinth, Jonesboro U.S. Direct plants; Atlanta, Effingham, Enfield as well as Clarksville and Dyersburg Canada; Dartmouth, Lasalle, Concord, Edmonton, Vancouver
Finance and Human Resources
Gregg Gavin, Vice President Human Resources (Interim)
John Ross Executive Vice President Finance & Administration
This is a strong and seasoned team with a minimum of 10 years experience in our industry. I know they can count on your support as we move forward.
Brian Freschi
President North American Operations
Worldcolor
I didn't notice David Blair's name, what happened to him?
Billy

Elk Grove Village, IL

#196 Mar 9, 2010
vandyke wrote:
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I didn't notice David Blair's name, what happened to him?
__________

Blair, David

Senior Vice President, Operations, Technology and Continuous Improvement

Manufacturing, Technologies and Environment

__________

Still listed in the phone directory, so I'll assume he's still with us.
Brad Nathan

Chicago, IL

#197 Mar 12, 2010
What about Logistics?
Billy

Elk Grove Village, IL

#198 Mar 15, 2010
They're still listed in the phone directory, too.
Qemp

Waukesha, WI

#200 Mar 16, 2010
BILLER wrote:
Does Quad have billers, payroll ,and accounts payable at each plant or is it centralized?
Since Billers work closely with the Customers and the CSRs that print at specific plants, they are spread out pretty evenly across the network. Accounting and other Finance positions are primarily centrally located due to the efficient IS infrastructure that supports these roles.
So ya know

Bowling Green, KY

#201 Mar 17, 2010
I would like to throw a question out there to see what you guys think. Most Quad employees commenting on here are very supportive of their company saying it is a good place to work and they have good benefits. When the sale is complete, if I am not mistaken, Quad will then go 'public'. What kind of changes will be expected to the benefits you currently enjoy? One would think that some benefits you have (namely profit sharing) will be sacraficed for the sake of profitability for the beloved shareholders. Any thoughts?
cautiously optimistic

Menomonee Falls, WI

#202 Mar 18, 2010
We have no clue what to expect. We have to trust that what they are doing is a good thing for everyone involved. Kind of scary for us, too. There are no details for anyone until the sale is complete.
captain obvious

Milwaukee, WI

#203 Mar 18, 2010
There are lots of details in the S-4, but at 250 or so pages, it is a LOT to read and digest.

The Quadracci family and Quad's support staff (financial, legal, and so on) have put together a very intriguing deal. Considering that the family will still control the majority of the voting stock, and Quad as a whole will own 60% of the combined company, I don't expect much to change from the standpoint of executive leadership and the direction they're headed.
Billy

Elk Grove Village, IL

#204 Mar 18, 2010
cautiously optimistic wrote:
We have no clue what to expect. We have to trust that what they are doing is a good thing for everyone involved. Kind of scary for us, too. There are no details for anyone until the sale is complete.
_____

If I were a Quad/Graphics employée, right now I'd be cautiously PESSImistic. I cannot for a second imagine that H. V. Quadracci would EVER have done such a deal.

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