Iowa’s capitol city is losing a large employer. R-R Donnelley Printing is closing its Des Moines facility, with a gradual phase-out of all 775 jobs in the next 15 months. Des Moines City Manager Eric Anderson says company officials blame the July 1st, 2002, closure on conditions in the printing industry and within Donnelley itself. Anderson says there is a capacity overload in the industry. The plant does all sorts of printing, from books and magazines to catalogs and phone directories. Anderson says the city will work with the state and the Des Moines Area Community College — or D-MAC — to retrain the workers and keep them in the area. Officials at Chicago-based Donnelley say all work from Des Moines will be transferred to some of the company’s 55 other facilities around the world. The company has 34-thousand employees globally.
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