GLASGOW — One of the largest employers in Barren County will be closing its doors, possibly as soon as July.

The printing company LSC Communications, Inc. announced Tuesday morning it will close its Glasgow location along with two other plants in a move to "strengthen the Company's manufacturing platform by significantly reducing costs and improving utilization across" the company's production facilities.

Along with the Glasgow plant, which is located at 120 Donnelley Drive as it was known as R.R. Donnelley until 2016, LSC announced via a news release on its website that it will close facilities in Strasburg, Virginia and Mattoon, Illinois.

The plants are expected to be closed by July.

“LSC continues to take actions to capitalize on our greatest value drivers while optimizing our platform to efficiently and effectively deliver the best products and services for our clients,” said Thomas J. Quinlan III, LSC’s chairman, chief executive officer and president, in the news release.

“The actions we announced today 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."

R.R. Donnelley dates back to 1864 when it started as a small printing company in Chicago.

Barren County Judge-Executive Micheal Hale said the news of the closure is "devastating" to the community.

"As for Barren County in the past three years, I don't know that we've actually had the right group that has been knocking on the doors of industries and saying 'Hey, we want to know what your needs and wants are'," Hale said, though he added he didn't know if better communication between LSC and local leaders would have stopped the shutdown.

But Hale, who spent some time Tuesday morning at the facility, said his attention now is on the employees who will be losing their jobs. A response team will be established similar to the one that was formed after Dana Corp. announced its closure to help workers figure out their next steps, Hale said.

"We're going to give them the resources of the county, and not only the county but the region," Hale said. "We have other jobs in this community that need to be filled and that's part of the resources we'll put in front of them."

As of press time Tuesday, the number of employees who will be affected hadn't been confirmed. Multiple email and phone messages to LSC inquiring about the number of layoffs in Glasgow weren't directly addressed.

"It is always difficult to make business decisions that impact our employees and the communities in which we operate, and it has been our privilege to be a part of the Glasgow, KY community," said Stefanie Cortes, director of marketing and communications for LSC, in an email response to the Daily Times.

"We thank everyone who contributed to our work here, and we are committed to supporting employees who are impacted by these closures with severance packages, transition assistance and other potential relocation opportunities within LSC. As always, our top priority is the safety of our employees."

Typically companies post a WARN notice detailing layoffs on the Kentucky Career Center website, but no such information had been provided as of deadline. An employee with the Kentucky Career Center said they had yet to receive a WARN notice from LSC as of Tuesday afternoon.

Hale said the number of employees at LSC could be between 500 and 600, though he emphasized he didn't have the exact numbers and he didn't know how many workers were temporary hires.

Maureen Carpenter just took over as the executive director of the Barren County Economic Development Authority on Jan. 1, and she's already facing a major challenge.

"Obviously, we're very saddened to hear the news of the closure and our hearts go out to the families affected," she said. "They're our No. 1 priority. We want to make sure employees receive the services they need to find other employment as soon as possible."

Carpenter said BCEA had already started working with workforce development partners to form a response team to help those workers who will be losing their jobs.

As for marketing the LSC building to a new company, Carpenter said she was waiting Tuesday to hear from the business's corporate office to garner more information about the timeline of their departure.

Carpenter said there had been discussion in the past among area economic development groups about LSC's future in Glasgow, but added the shutdown of the Barren County plant was part of other cutbacks the company announced Tuesday that affect other states.

"I think we did everything we could to retain them here," she said.

When asked what message he wanted the employees of LSC to hear, Hale said they will not be left behind.

"They just need to know that we're not going to forget about them," he said. "They're community folks and we want to help them and I'm always available to help as much as I can."

As news of the pending closure spread, Green Mechanical Construction Inc. posted a message on its Facebook page with information about job openings at the Glasgow business.

Green Mechanical Construction encouraged people with experience in industrial maintenance, machine work or related skills to apply by visiting the website www.gmci.com.

The Kentucky Career Center will also be holding a Career Connection event from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 at its Glasgow office at 445 N. Green St. For more information, call 270-651-2121.

••• ORIGINAL STORY ••• 

LSC Communications, Inc. announced Tuesday morning it will close its Glasgow location along with two other plants in a move to "strengthen the Company's manufacturing platform by significantly reducing costs and improving utilization across" the company's production facilities. 

Along with the Glasgow plant, which is located at 120 Donnelly Drive as it was known as R.R. Donnelley until 2016, LSC announced via a news release on its website that it will close facilities in Strasburg, Virginia and Mattoon, Illinois. 

The plants are expected to be closed by July. 

“LSC continues to take actions to capitalize on our greatest value drivers while optimizing our platform to efficiently and effectively deliver the best products and services for our clients,” said Thomas J. Quinlan III, LSC’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, in the news release.

“The actions we announced today 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." 

The action coincides with LSC's moves to strengthen the "operational and financial position" of the company since it terminated its merger agreement with Quad/Graphics last July, the news release said. 

LSC will have closed eight facilities including the most recent announcement resulting in a reduction of its workforce by 2,500 employees. The news release doesn't state how many employees will be affected by the Glasgow closure. The Daily Times has left messages with LSC seeking additional information. 

"It is always difficult to make business decisions that impact our employees and the communities in which we operate, and we are committed to supporting employees impacted by these closings with severance packages and transition assistance as well as potential relocation opportunities," Quinlan said. 

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