‘Bible business has really gone soft’: Philly printer to lay off 174, shut plant by Christmas (inquirer.com)

A Philadelphia enterprise that printed more than a billion Bibles since its founding during the Civil War says its Northeast Philadelphia plant will be closed by Christmas.

LSC Communications of Chicago plans to shut the printing plant at 11311 Roosevelt Blvd. and lay off 174 workers. The company is consolidating Bible production at another plant it owns near Crawfordsville, Ind., and moving some of the Philadelphia presses there, according to people who work at the plant.

“They say the Bible business has really gone soft, and their warehouses are full,” said Wayne Cox, business representative for Graphic Communications Conference-Teamsters local union 4-C, based in Clifton Heights, which represents 150 of the workers, along with printers at other companies in central Pennsylvania. LSC didn’t reply to an inquiry seeking comment.

The one-story Roosevelt Boulevard plant was built by National Publishing in 1997 to replace its landmark loft printing factory at 24th and Locust Streets facing the Schuylkill in Center City, which is now an apartment building.
more at source: https://www.inquirer.com/business/phillydeals/national-publishing-bible-gideon-shutdown-factory-northeast-philly-teamsters-20191101.html

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