Shutdown of printing plant puts local magazines in limbo

Posted at 9:55 AM, May 07, 2020

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Some local magazines are on the hunt for a new printing press after a Lakeside print shop announced this week it would close.

Cadmus Specialty Publications, located at 2901 Byrdhill Road, is one of the latest casualties of the coronavirus pandemic. The facility will permanently close this month, and 184 employees will be laid off, according to a WARN notice filed Monday by Cenveo Worldwide Ltd., the facility’s owner.

The plant shutdown was first reported by Virginia Business Magazine, one of the magazines that’s printed at the facility. Among other customers are Virginia Living Magazine and Richmond Family Magazine, all of which need to find new facilities to produce their publications.

Like other industries, publishing has been hit hard by the economic disruptions of the pandemic. Many advertisers have put their ad budgets on the chopping block, which in turn has cut into the revenues of publications. Some local news outlets have cut back on print publication as a result.

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