Tech Valley Printing shuts down

Tech Valley Printing shut down its city operation Friday, days after the commercial printer laid off
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Tech Valley Printing shut down its city operation Friday, days after the commercial printer laid off 50 employees.

While union officials who represent workers at the Ninth Avenue printing plant had hoped Tech Valley would remain open with a skeleton crew, their members learned Friday the 26-year-old company had shut down.

“They had shut their doors completely on Friday and everyone was gone,” said Kari Bienias, the secretary treasurer of the New York Typographical Union, an affiliate of the Communications Workers of America Local 14156.

The mass layoff Tech Valley reported Thursday to the state Department of Labor affected three typographical union workers, leaving four members on the payroll.

The Graphic Communications International Union Local 259 also had over two dozen members at Tech Valley. Local 259 President James Quick said he has received no confirmation about Tech Valley’s closure, but he too has heard the plant has shut down.

During the hottest years of the housing boom, Tech Valley rapidly grew by acquiring rival printers in Johnstown, Schenectady and Clifton Park. Between 2002 and 2006, its work force more than tripled to 130.

The printer was founded in 1982 in Cohoes, where it operated as General Business Supply. It relocated to Watervliet in 2002.

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