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LSC Communications to close in Lynchburg, leaving more than 300 without a job

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Published: Jan. 22, 2019 at 7:52 PM EST
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More than 300 people in Lynchburg found out today that they will be without a job in six months.

LSC Communications, formerly known as R.R. Donnelley, will permanently close their Lynchburg facility.

According to a local human resources representative, employees were told about the plant's closure at the start of their shifts Tuesday.

The Vice President of Human Resources for LSC Communications told representatives from the City of Lynchburg that they expect to close the plant by June 30, 2019.

Mayor Treney Tweedy addressed the closure at Tuesday night's city council meeting. She said she is disappointed.

"I want the citizens of Lynchburg affected by this closure to know that we stand with you and will work diligently with the company and its employees through this transition," Mayor Tweedy said.

LSC was purchased by Quad Graphics in the fall of 2018. Tweedy said the city's economic development staff has been in close contact with the company and this was not the outcome they were hoping for.

"We always try to do anything we can to keep local employers here," said Tweedy. "But the markets change, the demand shifts and companies will adjust accordingly."

In May of 2017, the same company reported a "mass layoff-closure" at their printing facility in Roanoke County. 140 people were affected by that closure.

The City of Lynchburg says that the Commonwealth of Virginia will now deploy its Rapid Response Program, working alongside the Virginia Employment Commission, the local Workforce Center and the city's economic development office.

Representatives will begin meeting with the company and its employees within the next few weeks to discuss other opportunities and job training.

Rapid Response helps employees and businesses who are undergoing transitions to help workers get back to work as soon as possible, according to the city.

"We have gone through these types of closures and lay-offs before and so there is a system that has helped other people and everyone will be helped also through this one as well," said Tweedy. "We are supportive. We stand by the families and we will make sure that all of the resources are put to great use."