MIDDLEWAY, W.Va. - Imation Corp. wants to sell its metal printing plate manufacturing plant in Middleway and will close the plant at the end of the year if a buyer cannot be found, company officials announced Monday.
The company is offering voluntary separation packages to up to 72 of the plant's 182 employees, officials said.
The plant operated under the 3M name for 35 years, but in July 1996 began operations as Imation, specializing in computer-related equipment for the printing industry and other fields, company officials said.
The company plans to outsource manufacturing of its metal printing plates to focus more on color proofing, color management and computer software for the graphic arts market, company officials said in a prepared statement.
"While our plans are to discontinue manufacturing metal printing plates, we intend to take every step we can to sell the Middleway facility as an ongoing operation to a qualified buyer," said Larry Doris, plant manager of Imation's Middleway facility.