Ripon Printers laid off about 10 percent of its workforce Monday.
The 28 layoffs — reducing the commercial printing firm’s staffing to about 240 — are permanent.
Production workers as well as office staff were affected by the cuts.
“We are saddened that we have had to say good-bye to some very capable, talented, experienced friends and co-workers,” company President Andy Lyke said.
In a memo to employees, Lyke explained that the company’s sales have been down over the past three years due to the recession and retrenchment within the printing industry.
“The economy is still shaky, and even when it improves, there is no guarantee that the printing market necessarily will improve,” he said.
Lyke said the while the 48-year-old printer had been staffed to accommodate $45 million sales, the cuts were necessary to meet annual sales volume of about $35 million.
“Our goal is to not only survive, but become profitable once more,” Lyke said.
Read the full story in the Sept. 16, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.