18 January 2013
Vertis Communications shutters plant
FORT ERIE, ON—Vertis Communications' only Canadian plant has shut down, affecting about 100 employees. Workers were told about the closure, effective immediately, at a meeting on Wednesday.

Vertis, a provider of print advertising and direct marketing programs, announced in October a deal with Quad/Graphics that would see the Wisconsin commercial printer acquire most of the company's assets.

"There were a few locations that weren't included in the transaction," said Quad/Graphics director of corporate communications Claire Ho. "Stevensville was one of those," she said.


Vertis Communications in Fort Erie's Stevensville community

"It's a business decision driven by what's going on in the economy and in the industry," Ho said. "Printers everywhere continue to be challenged by the weak economy, which has resulted in significant overcapacity."

According to a release from the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP), Vertis will not be issuing severance pay.

"A company does not have the right to shut down without notice or compensation for the employees that have worked for them, many for most of their lives," said Dan Wickson, president of CEP local 425G, in a release. "As a matter of policy, Vertis doesn't comment on its agreements with its employees," said a Vertis rep.

The union is in discussions with legal counsel. The U.S. facilities also left out of the Quad/Graphics transaction are slated to close in the next 60 to 90 days, Ho said. Those facilities are in Dallas, TX, Medina, OH, and North Brunswick, NJ.
— Jef Catapang
Comments:
6. Jim C says:
25 January 2013 at 10:46 PM
As a former Stevensville employee of 22 years who was given less than 24 hours notice of the closure, I'm as pissed as everybody else at the plant is. We were illegally shut down. We were illegally fired! We're now protesting outside the plant fighting for our severance pay which is legally due to us under Canadian law. By not filing for bankruptcy in Canada and going under the pretences that U.S. bankruptcy laws take precedence over Canadian bankruptcy laws, Vertis has broken every Canadian labour law when they fired all the Stevensville employees. We'll protest at the plant every day and all day as long as somebody is in the plant. We'll slow Quad Graphics plan on getting their paper to another plant. When the trucks are backed up to the QEW and days behind schedule, Quad Grapics will soon realize they "f"d up!!!
5. Xemployee says:
25 January 2013 at 4:19 PM
It is interesting that Quad bought the equipment and retained the Canadian clients yet they say Stevensville was not part of the deal. When you buy the business and dump the employees without severances it should be a criminal act.
4. Printer says:
24 January 2013 at 11:36 AM
So Vertis is saying that Quad bought the presses and bindery gear separately form the building? Something smells really fishy.
3. Printcan Web Editor says:
23 January 2013 at 4:45 PM
Printer: According to Shannon Stucky, Vertis media contact, the machines are now owned by Quad/Graphics.
2. Printer says:
23 January 2013 at 4:30 PM
If it wasn't part of the sale then who owns it? Who is removing the equipment?
1. Kacba says:
22 January 2013 at 4:18 PM
Vertis filed bankruptcy in the USA…but failed to file bankruptcy in Canada…Ssooo since not filed in Canada the Stevensville plant may legally still been open for business…Soo when employees were terminated and Jan/16/2013, they should be entitled to termination pay and s-e-v-e-r-a-n-c-e payyyyy…Soooo why don't "u" Vertis just pay up what you may owe to the employees at Stevensville plant in Canada, never mind the bonuses for the corporate managers.
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