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Quebecor World to cut production

October 18, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Quebecor World will cut its production each week, at least temporarily, because of a slowdown in the printing business, a spokesman said Friday, but the company doesn't know if it will lay off any employees.

Production at Quebecor World's facility off W.Va. 9 east of Martinsburg will be reduced to eight-hour shifts, five days a week, probably within the next six weeks, spokesman Tony Ross said.

The plant's 280 employees have been operating on 12-hour shifts, six days a week, Ross said.

"That may involve some sort of temporary workforce reductions," Ross said.

Based in Montreal, Canada, Quebecor World Inc. hopes the reduction will be temporary, Ross said.

The plant's 280 workers recently were told about the reduction, he said.

Berkeley County Development Authority Executive Director Stephen L. Christian said he's confident the employer is doing everything it can to acquire more printing contracts and touted the plant's work at 871 Baker Road as "one of the best in the business."

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According to Quebecor World's web site, the Martinsburg plant specializes in the production of quick turnaround one- and two-color books, and its targeted markets include trade, computer, professional and book club books.

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