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Navitor announces layoffs, to share facility with Drawing Board

September 13, 2008|By DON AINES

WAYNESBORO, PA. - Navitor East this week announced staff reductions at its Clayton Avenue facility, but the manufacturer of business cards, letterhead, envelopes and presentation folders says it will be bringing in workers from a Hagerstown plant by the end of the year.

"We made this difficult decision after careful review of our customers' needs and the operational capacity to support them," General Manager Linda Cox said in a statement dated Wednesday. "As a result of the reshaping, Navitor East is well-equipped to respond to these needs and compete in the markets we serve."

The statement did not indicate how many people were laid off, but a company employee who asked not to be named said Navitor announced Wednesday that 26 people had been released.

The Navitor statement said the company will be sharing the Waynesboro facility with its "sister company," Drawing Board, by the end of the year. Navitor was formerly known as Regecy Thermographers.

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"The move of Drawing Board from Hagerstown, MD, to the Navitor East Facility in Waynesboro allows for both companies to meet the needs of their customers, expand their operations, and to share in the cost," the statement said.

Late Friday, Kendra Braithwaite of Drawing Board issued a statement about the consolidation of operations with Navitor East by the end of 2008.

"Both companies will continue to operate as separate entities with a combined workforce of approximately 180 employees," the statement read. "We are excited ... about the opportunity to maximize our productivity and increase growth potential that making this move gives us."

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