Kelmscott Communications, Aurora, Ill.; Rider Dickerson, Bellwood, Ill.; and The Buhl Press, Berkeley, Ill., wrapped up year-long negotiations with a merger Tuesday, creating Fuse, a $40+ million entity. The combined company will offer printing (including sheetfed, web and digital), creative and marketing services, analytics, mailing and fulfillment, plastics printing, wide-format digital, vehicle wraps and outdoor printing, among other services. Scott Voris, president of Kelmscott Communications, will also serve as president of the newly-created firm. Charlie Barkley will remain president of Buhl Press, and Bill Barta will continue to head Rider Dickerson, with both men serving on the board of Fuse. According to Voris, the leadership of the three companies shared a vision of growth for Fuse. “Ultimately, the formation of Fuse created a platform that will be able to grow and attract additional folks to Fuse and, ultimately, offer more services to clients going forward,” Voris told Printing Impressions. “We’re creating a splash in the market.”
This month, Ohio has received WARN notifications from several companies, including Sodexo and Zenith Education Group. On November 15, 2017, the State received two more WARN notices from two other companies. CGI Federal Inc. filed a WARN notice with the Ohio Office of Workforce Development. The company confirmed that the workforce needs at its Cleveland, Ohio facility had changed.
As a result, the company will soon be carrying out layoffs at its 1001 Lakeside Avenue facility. The layoffs are expected to begin on January 8, 2017 and they will be permanent. In total, 64 workers will be impacted by the move. None of the workers are represented by a union and the workers do not have bumping rights. 33 of the workers are customer service representatives, while 11 are senior consultants.
CGI Federal’s full WARN notification can be found here. On the same day, Ohio’s Office of Workforce Development received another WARN notice from Quad/Graphics. Quad/Graphics, which is based out of Sussex, Wisconsin, is a printing company. The company was founded in July of 1971. According to the company’s WARN notice, it will soon be shutting down its Columbus facility and laying off all employees at the facility.
The closure and layoffs are expected to be permanent. The employment separations are expected to commence on or around December 8, 2017. In total, Quad/Graphics believes that 116 workers will be impacted by the upcoming closure. The WARN notice can be accessed here.