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Long Prairie printing plant closure

Key findings


  • The loss of 236 jobs at the printing plant will affect an estimated 311 jobs in Todd County. This is also predicted to cause a decline in economic output of an estimated $43.2 million.
  • Workers at Main Street businesses will see their jobs affected as workers have less disposable income.


  • The tight labor market may mean laid-off workers will be able to find new employment. As this happens, ripple effects should dissipate.

About this study

In January 2018, LSC Communications filed a notice announcing the closure of its printing plant in Long Prairie, Minnesota. The closure will lay off 236 employees who work as press operators, technicians, mechanics, maintenance workers and managers. Extension prepared this economic emergency report to inform the community as they move forward.

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Author: Brigid Tuck, Extension, senior economic impact analyst

Reviewed in 2018

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