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The Blade plans to close production facilities

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Layoffs are on the horizon for employees at The Toledo Blade. In a letter to the mayor, Block Communications, which owns the newspaper, says they've developed plans to close its production facility on North Superior.

In the letter, the company says it anticipates the shutdown will be permanent, meaning the loss of about 131 jobs.

There was some confusion when the letter first came out. Stephen Spolar, Block Communications Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations, wrote that the entire facility would be closed for good.

But The Blade published an article Friday clarifying that the entire production facility will be closed, but the building will remain open. The newsroom and advertising department will still be up and running.

The Blade also says the company recently proposed outsourcing production of the publication when the current labor agreements expire.

Employment separations are expected to begin August 1.

Click here to read the letter from Block Communications to Toledo Mayor Collins regarding the closure.

Story via The Blade:

The Blade plans to close the production section of its building in downtown Toledo later this year, according to Stephen B. Spolar, vice president of human resources and labor relations for Block Communications Inc., which owns The Blade.

The newspaper also plans to close its mailing facility on Water Street. The closures would mean the permanent loss of 131 jobs, Mr. Spolar said.

In a letter sent to Mayor D. Michael Collins, Lucas County officials, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in a letter this week, Mr. Spolar indicated that the entire Blade building at 541 N. Superior St. was to be closed.

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