Around 300 people in Midland will soon be out of a job after Quad/Graphics announced it is closing the facility. The company announced today it will “cease manufacturing operations” at its facility in Midland on or about Sept. 10. In a statement to TV5, the company said: The decision is part of the company’s ongoing strategy to streamline operations and create efficiencies across its U.S. manufacturing platform and help print remain an economically feasible alternative to digital channels. The decision in no way reflects the quality and performance of employees in the plant, all of whom have worked hard to make the plant succeed. Given the continued migration of advertising dollars to digital channels, Quad and the printing industry must continue to take steps to align declining volume with capacity. The Midland plant specializes in producing special interest publications. The company said the plant will be consolidated into other Quad locations, with 49 plants (including Midland) in the United States. Click Read More below for additional information.
As part of its ongoing strategy to establish industry partnerships that deliver value-added solutions for its customers, Goss International today announced the acquisition of Graphic Automation Controls, Inc. (GAC) in an asset transaction.
“Goss is focused on growing our aftermarket and service business for our installed base,” says Stan Blakney, Chief Operating Officer of Goss. “This is the first of many expansions of those capabilities we see in the near term.”
GAC focuses on full PLC integration and control systems upgrades for printing and packaging presses. GAC also provides on-site service support, fill in plant maintenance and press audit services. Additionally, GAC specializes in obsolete and hard-to-find electrical parts for the printing and packaging industries.
The acquisition will provide benefits for both Goss and GAC customers by unifying its aftermarket services network. It also serves to enhance Goss’ drive and controls upgrade capabilities while strengthening its ability to provide service and parts to OEM equipment other than Goss.
“Goss’ goal is to become the premier printing solutions and support partner to our customers,” says Blakney.
Dave Soden, Vice President of Operations and Product Development for GAC believes the acquisition serves to strengthen the services each company provides individually. “We are excited to be a part of Goss,” said Soden. “This partnership will enhance our capacity to provide excellent aftermarket parts, services and enhancements.”
Blakney adds, “Goss is focused on driving a customer first culture, an approach that GAC has fully embraced over the years. The addition of GAC to our portfolio ensures we stay competitive and continue to provide the best possible service for our customers.”