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Herff Jones to close division with 110 local workers

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Herff Jones Inc. plans to close its Education Division, ending employment for 130 employees, the company disclosed in a notice to the state posted Monday by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

Indianapolis-based Herff Jones said the move would result in the permanent closure of a facility at 4719 W. 62nd St., where 110 production, support and administrative employees work. The other 20 employees work in Park Ridge, Ill.

The company said employees would be let go during two separate two-week periods, one beginning Sept. 9 and the other Nov. 14.

The company cited “current and projected business needs” as a reason for the closure.

A company official did not return a phone message left Monday seeking comment on the closure.

The Herff Jones Education Division, also known as Herff Jones/Nystrom, makes maps, globes, atlases, social studies products  and reading materials for classrooms.

The Nystrom name comes from the A.J. Nystrom Co., an atlas and globe maker that was founded in 1903. Herff Jones acquired Nystrom in 1973 and sold it soon afterward. It acquired it again in separate pieces in 1989 and 1995.

Herff Jones is one of the 20 largest companies in Indiana, according to IBJ research, with $737 million in revenue in 2013. The company has about 4,000 employees, with about 450 in Indiana.  





 
 

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  • Long Overdue
    Even when I was in school, a decade ago, no one used maps, atlases or globes. As a parent, I hope tight school budgets go to things other than outdated teaching aids. I mourn for the lost jobs, but come on.
  • Really
    @lee, really you think the exec should be penalized for closing the IN facility...wow please read before commenting. Left to right top to bottom, they closed the facility because the IN facility manufactured social studies equipment, maps, globes, and reading materials which are no longer needed as schools systems move to more electronic means.
  • with so few employees in Indiana, would not call them an Indiana companye
    Perhaps the executives should be fired in Indiana or a financial penalty for cutting in Indiana and not elsewhere.

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