Edwards Brothers Malloy, one of the largest independent book and journal printers in the U.S., officially closed its doors for operation in Lillington, NC on June 15th. The company announced their plans to close all US locations and to consolidate its operations with their plant in Michigan, via email and on their website in early June.
Within 17 hours of this announcement, the Triangle South Workforce Development Board’s (TSWDB) Business Services team put together a Rapid Response event for the 100 workers affected by the closing. TSWDB staff worked with the NC Department of Commerce, the local NCWorks Career Centers, Central Carolina Community College, NC Foreclosure Prevention Outreach, Sanford Job Seekers, and the NC Division of Employment Services to provide information and access to supportive services for those affected by the plant closure. Local businesses in search of employees also attended the Rapid Response and included, Boon Edam, Food Lion, and the staffing agency, Kelly Services.
Based in Ann Arbor Michigan, Edwards Brothers has been in the printing business for 125 years. The fourth largest book printer in the U.S., Edwards Brothers merged with Malloy Inc. in 2012 changing the company name to Edwards Brothers Malloy. Prior to closing, the company operated both offset and digital printing services and ran a distribution business for independent publishers in eleven locations throughout the U.S.