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Billy

Elk Grove Village, IL

#319 Aug 9, 2010
Integration Update
Posted August 6, 2010
Five plants set to close by year’s end

Chairman, President & CEO Joel Quadracci announced on Thursday that, as part of our integration plans, we will be closing five plants by year’s end and moving the work to more efficient plants in our network. The following is the full text of his email.

It’s been a little over a month since we completed our acquisition of Worldcolor and I know many of you are anxious to learn more about how we’ll be integrating operations. Today I am writing to share some of the difficult decisions we’ve made regarding the consolidation of our U.S. manufacturing platform.

We are announcing the closure of plants in Reno, Nevada; Clarksville, Tennessee; Corinth, Mississippi; and Cincinnati (Lebanon), Ohio. We are also accelerating the closure of the Dyersburg, Tennessee, plant.

As a company that values communication, I want to tell you what’s happening and why. The plant closures are necessary to address overlaps in business, remove excess capacity, and position Quad/Graphics for long-term stability and success in our industry.

Operations will be phased out in each impacted plant over a period of time. The Reno plant is expected to be the first to close this fall. Dyersburg, which Worldcolor announced for closure in the first quarter of 2011, is now targeted to close this fall as well. We expect Clarksville, Corinth and Cincinnati to conclude production by the end of this year.

For those of you who are directly impacted by today's announcement, please know you are not at fault and that you will be treated with the respect you deserve. Our decisions had nothing to do with your performance.

We are consolidating work in plants with the most efficient and competitive platforms. In most cases, the plants designated to receive work have newer, more advanced technology, automation and capabilities. These moves are crucial to ensuring we have the best, most competitive platform in a tough industry.

If your plant is closing, I strongly encourage you to review and apply for open positions at another Quad/Graphics facility.We’re always in need of talented, experienced people, so I hope you will consider the opportunities available within the company.

Of course we understand that some of you may not be interested in or able to transfer, so we’re also prepared to offer you job outplacement assistance in addition to other end-of-employment benefits.

As you can imagine, transitioning work to and from multiple facilities is going to require extreme coordination and continuous communication. We have prepared a very detailed work transition plan, and we will need all hands on deck to make it work with minimal disruption to our clients.

Remember, performance is the only thing that counts when it comes to serving our clients, so now more than ever let’s make sure we exceed our clients’ performance expectations.

We’ve created an Employee Q&A designed to answer your most basic questions about today’s announcement. I’m also including a link to today’s press release so you know how we’re sharing this news with the marketplace.

Today’s decisions were not easy especially because they will impact approximately 2,200 employees’ lives. However, these decisions are absolutely necessary as we work to create the most efficient printing company in the industry.

There will be more tough decisions in the future, and I will communicate our progress on the integration process as practical.

Joel
Red Headed Step_Child

Modesto, CA

#320 Aug 9, 2010
Billy wrote:
Integration Update
Posted August 6, 2010
Five plants set to close by year’s end
Chairman, President & CEO Joel Quadracci announced on Thursday that, as part of our integration plans, we will be closing five plants by year’s end and moving the work to more efficient plants in our network. The following is the full text of his email.
It’s been a little over a month since we completed our acquisition of Worldcolor and I know many of you are anxious to learn more about how we’ll be integrating operations. Today I am writing to share some of the difficult decisions we’ve made regarding the consolidation of our U.S. manufacturing platform.
We are announcing the closure of plants in Reno, Nevada; Clarksville, Tennessee; Corinth, Mississippi; and Cincinnati (Lebanon), Ohio. We are also accelerating the closure of the Dyersburg, Tennessee, plant.
As a company that values communication, I want to tell you what’s happening and why. The plant closures are necessary to address overlaps in business, remove excess capacity, and position Quad/Graphics for long-term stability and success in our industry.
Operations will be phased out in each impacted plant over a period of time. The Reno plant is expected to be the first to close this fall. Dyersburg, which Worldcolor announced for closure in the first quarter of 2011, is now targeted to close this fall as well. We expect Clarksville, Corinth and Cincinnati to conclude production by the end of this year.
For those of you who are directly impacted by today's announcement, please know you are not at fault and that you will be treated with the respect you deserve. Our decisions had nothing to do with your performance.
We are consolidating work in plants with the most efficient and competitive platforms. In most cases, the plants designated to receive work have newer, more advanced technology, automation and capabilities. These moves are crucial to ensuring we have the best, most competitive platform in a tough industry.
If your plant is closing, I strongly encourage you to review and apply for open positions at another Quad/Graphics facility.We’re always in need of talented, experienced people, so I hope you will consider the opportunities available within the company.
Of course we understand that some of you may not be interested in or able to transfer, so we’re also prepared to offer you job outplacement assistance in addition to other end-of-employment benefits.
As you can imagine, transitioning work to and from multiple facilities is going to require extreme coordination and continuous communication. We have prepared a very detailed work transition plan, and we will need all hands on deck to make it work with minimal disruption to our clients.
Remember, performance is the only thing that counts when it comes to serving our clients, so now more than ever let’s make sure we exceed our clients’ performance expectations.
We’ve created an Employee Q&A designed to answer your most basic questions about today’s announcement. I’m also including a link to today’s press release so you know how we’re sharing this news with the marketplace.
Today’s decisions were not easy especially because they will impact approximately 2,200 employees’ lives. However, these decisions are absolutely necessary as we work to create the most efficient printing company in the industry.
There will be more tough decisions in the future, and I will communicate our progress on the integration process as practical.
Joel
Well there you are ..what took you so long to weigh in?
Billy

Elk Grove Village, IL

#321 Aug 9, 2010
Red Headed Step_Child wrote:
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Well there you are ..what took you so long to weigh in?
__________

I simply posted what our chief had written. Not everyone can access INSIDE QUAD.
Former WC employee

South Elgin, IL

#322 Aug 9, 2010
Has anyone heard of any Premedia plant closings?
free

AOL

#323 Aug 9, 2010
dotgainer wrote:
<quoted text>and in the end the strong will pay more taxes as unemployment rises to support the weak, paving the way for higher crime rates and we'll all die eventually regardless.
I sure hope you're not layed off and the "strong" doesn't care how you feed your kids or pay your morgage! Because you'd be the "weak" one!

Since: Jan 09

Evans, GA

#324 Aug 9, 2010
Billy wrote:
<quoted text>
__________
I simply posted what our chief had written. Not everyone can access INSIDE QUAD.
So sorry for the employees and their families at the plants that recently announced to close. God bless and good luck. Now to the rest of the old World Color and Queb. plants, you only dodged the most recent bullet. Big powwow in old Wis. this week, dept. mgrs., hr, and gm's(giant morons in the case of any queb gm). If any of your gm's or hr mgrs. are employed for more than 30 days after this meeting, you will most definitly be closed in the next 24 months. Quad will only start implementing their business plan in the plants they will keep open after the first of the year. Quad's business plan has been and always will be, that the employees that have been with them the longest will be in charge at each Quad plant. They may not be they most highest paying game in town, but you can bet, they wil take care of their own first. So, if you continue to see the same old back stabbing s.o.b.'s in your plant for much longer, you best start looking for another career. Bets on this not happening will definitely be accepted!
Confused

Clarksville, TN

#325 Aug 9, 2010
wizard of q wrote:
<quoted text>So sorry for the employees and their families at the plants that recently announced to close. God bless and good luck. Now to the rest of the old World Color and Queb. plants, you only dodged the most recent bullet. Big powwow in old Wis. this week, dept. mgrs., hr, and gm's(giant morons in the case of any queb gm). If any of your gm's or hr mgrs. are employed for more than 30 days after this meeting, you will most definitly be closed in the next 24 months. Quad will only start implementing their business plan in the plants they will keep open after the first of the year. Quad's business plan has been and always will be, that the employees that have been with them the longest will be in charge at each Quad plant. They may not be they most highest paying game in town, but you can bet, they wil take care of their own first. So, if you continue to see the same old back stabbing s.o.b.'s in your plant for much longer, you best start looking for another career. Bets on this not happening will definitely be accepted!
Sorry just a little confused about your post.
Your saying if our GM or HR heads continue to be employed then the plant will close?
Doesn't make sense, if they were going to keep the plant open then they would need these employees in place. Am I not correct. OR ...are you saying these employees will be replaced with Quad's own employees that have transferred from an original Quad plant?

Since: May 10

Sussex, WI

#326 Aug 9, 2010
So, if you continue to see the same old back stabbing s.o.b.'s in your plant for much longer, you best start looking for another career. Bets on this not happening will definitely be accepted!
Yeah Wiz... not sure I'm buying it. That would take a tremendous undertaking to transfer tons of Old Quad gold tags and their families out of state and around the Americas. Not saying it might happenen here and there but doubt it'll happen on the scale you hypothesis. Plus, who's to say old QW managers NEED replacement? I doubt every manager in the company is a bad apple.. I'm sure there are a ton of dedicated hardworking New Quad managers just looking to "be the change" in their plants. Are all BP employees corrupt and bad decision makers? I think not. Quad will more the likely decide which plants will stay open based on logistics, costs and redundancy. So, sorry.. I feel your statement is nothing shy of fear mongering. And if you are truly a Quad employee, you might want to consider the impact of your statements. You have good people out here reading that are in fear of losing their jobs. But as I've said before, that's just my opinion.. take it or leave it..
wizkidtwo

Edmonton, Canada

#327 Aug 9, 2010
QuadTech Field Service wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah Wiz... not sure I'm buying it. That would take a tremendous undertaking to transfer tons of Old Quad gold tags and their families out of state and around the Americas. Not saying it might happenen here and there but doubt it'll happen on the scale you hypothesis. Plus, who's to say old QW managers NEED replacement? I doubt every manager in the company is a bad apple.. I'm sure there are a ton of dedicated hardworking New Quad managers just looking to "be the change" in their plants. Are all BP employees corrupt and bad decision makers? I think not. Quad will more the likely decide which plants will stay open based on logistics, costs and redundancy. So, sorry.. I feel your statement is nothing shy of fear mongering. And if you are truly a Quad employee, you might want to consider the impact of your statements. You have good people out here reading that are in fear of losing their jobs. But as I've said before, that's just my opinion.. take it or leave it..
The knife has been sharpend .Watch your back guys no friends.All the management are scum .
Revolutionist

Modesto, CA

#328 Aug 10, 2010
Thats means new policies with be in effect to net you..and they will remain in effect until one of the pets of management gets caught up in the net. Then that policy will be reviewed and subject to change as usual.
baler room

Clarksville, TN

#329 Aug 10, 2010
To All clarksville world color teams watch out for everyone the rats will be in all plants and shifts to try to catch you doing something wrong and walk your butts out cover each other and if you happen to be the one they walk out give them one for the team
To QUAD Bankruptcy loomin

Clarksville, TN

#330 Jan 17, 2011
federal fraud charges maybe pending, because they are trying to keep your 401k, just try to get it and see how that goes. They maybe using it to keep the company afloat. Try to get any money you can from it because they have ways of keeping it. Remember nothing will change before next year THAT WAS A BOLD FACE LIE.
murray

AOL

#331 Jan 17, 2011
tom goldie wrote:
i need teeth
Are you Tom Goley or goldie?
wasted days and nites

Ashland City, TN

#332 Jan 17, 2011
just think like father like son anyone got a 3 foot puddle for joel
Another screwed employee

Clarksville, TN

#333 Jan 17, 2011
Any posting by QuadTech Field Service is really Quad HR trying to do PR and the smell is strong.
Bite the dust Quad SUX

Clarksville, TN

#334 Jan 17, 2011
DONT drink anymore Kool-Aid , it was all a LIE.

Since: Nov 09

Elk Grove Village, IL

#336 Jan 18, 2011
To All Quad/Graphics Employees

Today I am writing to inform you that we will be closing the Joncas Postexperts facility in St. Laurent, Quebec, by the end of April 2011. We will start stepping down operations there immediately, and consolidating operations with other existing facilities across the Canadian network.

While Joncas has a long and celebrated history, it is no longer as competitive as it once was. The equipment is outdated and we do not have all the capabilities our clients require or the manufacturing efficiencies we desire.

Approximately 100 employees' jobs will be impacted by this decision. If you are among the employees who are directly impacted, please know that you are not at fault and that you will be treated with the respect you deserve.

Further, we are committed to helping you explore opportunities at other Quad/Graphics facilities or to find a new job.

Despite today’s news about Joncas, I want to remind you that we are investing in our Canadian platform and people. We are building on the strong foundation in place, putting money into building and equipment repairs, and investing in capabilities that will strengthen our position long-term in Canada.

Equally important to investing in the platform is developing our people, so we're going to roll out a variety of training programs and initiatives related to safety, Lean manufacturing and technical training, all of which roll up under the umbrella of Continuous Improvement.

I know many of you are anxious to see these programs begin, and I appreciate your patience as we work to get them in place.

Be well,
Joel

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