R.R. Donnelley to Close Des Moines Printing Plant

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company

    CHICAGO, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
 (NYSE:   DNY) has decided to close its Des Moines, Iowa, printing plant, which
 employs approximately 775 people.  Production will be transitioned gradually
 to other plants in the company's nationally integrated network of long-run
 printing plants serving magazine, catalog and retail customers.  The Des
 Moines plant is expected to shut down completely by July 1, 2002.
     R.R. Donnelley's Des Moines plant, one of the smaller plants in the
 company's network, produces a variety of magazines under long-term contracts,
 as well as catalogs and newspaper advertising inserts.  R.R. Donnelley
 acquired the plant in 1990.
     Following extensive review, R.R. Donnelley's decision is based on three
 key internal factors:  the plant's size and scale; the age and quality of the
 printing equipment; and the plant's accessibility to major population centers.
     "Our highest priority right now is to our employees, our customers and the
 local community," commented Robert S. Pyzdrowski, president of commercial
 print operations for R.R. Donnelley.
     Stressing that the decision was not about the ability to do business in
 the State of Iowa, Pyzdrowski continued, "Governor Vilsack, the Greater Des
 Moines Partnership and Iowa Department of Economic Development were especially
 understanding partners to us as we considered the decision."
     He added, "While the business decision makes sense, it's more difficult to
 make it when you consider how it affects people's lives.  We are committed to
 assisting our employees during the transition."
     While no decisions have been made yet about where production will
 transfer, the company will reinforce its partnership with customers through
 its recently announced strategy of creating the most cost-effective,
 integrated and flexible printing "platform of the future."  To help customers
 improve the effectiveness of their communications, over the next two years,
 the company will invest $300 million to improve the efficiency of its printing
 network by retiring several older presses and replacing them with 10 new
 presses and related binding equipment.
     "For our customers that means improved speed to market, operating
 flexibility and reduced waste," Pyzdrowski said.  "We remain committed to
 providing our catalog, magazine and retail print customers with exceptional
 customer service and quality, along with the broadest range of services from
 content management through distribution."
     R.R. Donnelley ( www.rrdonnelley.com ) is revolutionizing communications
 effectiveness by providing comprehensive and integrated communications
 services.  These include premedia, digital photography, content management,
 printing, Internet consulting and logistics.  The company's full range of
 solutions help publishers and merchandisers, as well as telecommunications,
 financial and healthcare companies, deliver effective and targeted
 communications in the right format to the right audience at the right time.
 Its 34,000 employees serve customers in North America, South America, Europe
 and the Asia/Pacific Basin.
 
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SOURCE R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
    CHICAGO, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company
 (NYSE:   DNY) has decided to close its Des Moines, Iowa, printing plant, which
 employs approximately 775 people.  Production will be transitioned gradually
 to other plants in the company's nationally integrated network of long-run
 printing plants serving magazine, catalog and retail customers.  The Des
 Moines plant is expected to shut down completely by July 1, 2002.
     R.R. Donnelley's Des Moines plant, one of the smaller plants in the
 company's network, produces a variety of magazines under long-term contracts,
 as well as catalogs and newspaper advertising inserts.  R.R. Donnelley
 acquired the plant in 1990.
     Following extensive review, R.R. Donnelley's decision is based on three
 key internal factors:  the plant's size and scale; the age and quality of the
 printing equipment; and the plant's accessibility to major population centers.
     "Our highest priority right now is to our employees, our customers and the
 local community," commented Robert S. Pyzdrowski, president of commercial
 print operations for R.R. Donnelley.
     Stressing that the decision was not about the ability to do business in
 the State of Iowa, Pyzdrowski continued, "Governor Vilsack, the Greater Des
 Moines Partnership and Iowa Department of Economic Development were especially
 understanding partners to us as we considered the decision."
     He added, "While the business decision makes sense, it's more difficult to
 make it when you consider how it affects people's lives.  We are committed to
 assisting our employees during the transition."
     While no decisions have been made yet about where production will
 transfer, the company will reinforce its partnership with customers through
 its recently announced strategy of creating the most cost-effective,
 integrated and flexible printing "platform of the future."  To help customers
 improve the effectiveness of their communications, over the next two years,
 the company will invest $300 million to improve the efficiency of its printing
 network by retiring several older presses and replacing them with 10 new
 presses and related binding equipment.
     "For our customers that means improved speed to market, operating
 flexibility and reduced waste," Pyzdrowski said.  "We remain committed to
 providing our catalog, magazine and retail print customers with exceptional
 customer service and quality, along with the broadest range of services from
 content management through distribution."
     R.R. Donnelley ( www.rrdonnelley.com ) is revolutionizing communications
 effectiveness by providing comprehensive and integrated communications
 services.  These include premedia, digital photography, content management,
 printing, Internet consulting and logistics.  The company's full range of
 solutions help publishers and merchandisers, as well as telecommunications,
 financial and healthcare companies, deliver effective and targeted
 communications in the right format to the right audience at the right time.
 Its 34,000 employees serve customers in North America, South America, Europe
 and the Asia/Pacific Basin.
 
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