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Nationwide Quad/Graphics cutbacks to have little impact in Saratoga

Nationwide Quad/Graphics cutbacks to have little impact in Saratoga

Only a few Saratoga Springs jobs will be lost when Quad/Graphics lays off 140 people nationwide this

Only a few Saratoga Springs jobs will be lost when Quad/Graphics lays off 140 people nationwide this week, a company spokeswoman said.

Spokeswoman Claire Ho said most of the layoffs will occur at the printing company’s five Wisconsin plants, although she didn’t have a breakdown of job losses by plant.

“The impact to the Saratoga plant is negligible,” Ho said.

Quad/Graphics employs about 800 people in the W.J. Grande Industrial Park on Geyser Road. In January, 30 local people lost their jobs as part of a 550-employee cut nationwide. This round of layoffs is not as severe, Ho said, and concentrates on the pre-press division and the QuadTech division.

The pre-press division was largely unaffected by the January cuts but has since experienced a reduction in page volume, she said.

“These reductions aren’t because we’re losing business.”

Rather, existing clients are printing smaller publications because they don’t have as much advertising revenue.

Retailers that print mail-order catalogs with Quad/Graphics also are cutting back because consumers aren’t spending as much money.

The other affected division, QuadTech, is based in Sussex, Wis., and designs and makes computer controls for press equipment.

There are no QuadTech employees in Saratoga Springs, Ho said.

Ho said company officials are meeting this week with affected employees, who will be offered a severance package and help finding another job.

Reach Gazette reporter Tatiana Zarnowski at 587-1780 or tzarnowski@dailygazette.net.

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