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Another printing plant to close, laying off 59

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The company that owns an Evansville printing plant says it will be shutting it down in June and eliminating nearly 60 jobs.

Chesapeake Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare Packaging notified state officials on Wednesday about the closing decision for the plant where it makes a variety of printing and packaging products.

The New York-based company simply cites business reasons for the closing decision, saying it regrets that the action is necessary.

The company says the jobs of 59 employees are to be eliminated after operations at the plant are wrapped up by late June.

The printing industry has been in flux in recent years. In 2011, R.R. Donnelly & Sons annouced that it would close a South Bend printing facility, eliminating about 100 jobs. Citing changes in the audio and video media markets, Multi Packaging Solutions Inc. announced in 2013 that it would close its printing facility in Terre Haute, terminating about 150 employees.

On the flip side, Standard Register Co. pledged in 2013 to locate a new national print and distribution center in Jeffersonville, creating up to 360 jobs by 2016. Among the advantages of the Jeffersonville site was its proximity to the United Parcel Service’s Worldport air hub at Louisville International Airport, the company said.

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