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Quad/Graphics to add 200 jobs

December 15, 1997

Quad/Graphics to add 200 jobs

By DON AINES

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Quad/Graphics will be adding another 200 or more jobs to its Cumbo Yards Industrial Park facility with an $11 million East Coast distribution center, according to company officials.

Site work on the Quad/Graphics Parcel Direct center could begin in mid-January, according to plant manager Mike Popp. He said the 332,640-square-foot building is scheduled for completion in August 1998 and will initially employ 125 to 175 people. Its work force could rise to 230 by the end of the year, he said.

The Berkeley County Planning Commission Monday night reviewed a preliminary plan for the project, which will be scheduled for a public hearing.

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"This is an entirely separate facility from the plant," said Joel Muelbach, another Quad/Graphics representative at the meeting. He said the $11 million figure is for construction of the distribution center only and that equipment costs are still being developed.

The regional distribution center and other expansions at the Martinsburg complex are part of a two-year, $600 million capital expansion plan by Quad/Graphics, according to corporate spokeswoman Claire Ho.

"We're expanding nearly every facility and adding new equipment," Ho said from the corporate headquarters in Pewaukee, Wis.

The company has 17 production facilities in the United States and two print partnerships in Latin America. Established in 1971 by Harry V. Quadracci, the company employs 10,600 people.

Quad/Graphics prints magazines, catalogs, newspaper inserts and books, according to Ho. Production from plants in New York, Georgia and Martinsburg will be consolidated, sorted and delivered to customers from the center, which is situated on about 53 acres adjacent to the printing plant in the Cumbo Yards park outside Martinsburg.

The plant is undergoing an expansion that will eventually more than double the current 275-member work force.

An additional 60,000 square feet of warehouse space is now being built onto the 480,000-square-foot plant and is expected to be finished by February. Another 315,300 square feet of production and office space is scheduled for completion next summer, according to Popp.

The company is also adding two additional gravure presses costing $17 million each and three web offset presses costing another $29 million, along with five stitching machines, the company announced last month.

Popp said the plant should employ between 500 and 550 people by this summer. The company said last month the number of jobs at the plant should exceed 600 by the end of 1999.

That doesn't include the distribution center, which Popp said could employ 200 to 230 people by the end of 1998.

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