Quad/Graphics is investing $23 million in infrastructure and manufacturing in Canada, and consolidating some operations there. The company will close its St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu printing facility in Quebec, and shift its Edmonton, Alberta, facility to serving only retail insert and directory clients.
"We are committed to Canada and are structuring our operations to deliver the best quality on the most efficient and flexible manufacturing platform coast to coast and nearest to our customers' end users," said Joel Quadracci, Quad/Graphics chairman, president and CEO. "This strategic investment will improve our platform and is a big step toward strengthening our position in Canada."
The investment will allow the company to upgrade equipment and make infrastructure improvements. It will also use the funds towards worker training and education. Quad/Graphics will also beef up its cross-marketing services and integrate print with a number of digital media channels, including the iPad.
The St. Jean facility, which employs 270 people, will close by the end of the year. Other facilities will complete the plant's work. Quad/Graphics also expects to lay off 30 workers in Edmonton as it transfers some work to its a, site.