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HALLMARK TO IDLEPLANTS

March 19, 1992

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The Lawrence Hallmark plant could add some employees during the next year if workers from the greeting card company's Osage City facility are reassigned here.

However, Steve Doyal, a Hallmark spokesman, said the Lawrence plant isn't in line for any sizable expansion as the result of an announcement Wednesday that the company will close the Osage City plant.

Hallmark's Osage City plant, which employs 170 people, is one of two manufacturing plants that will be shut down by spring 1993. The other is in Robersonville, N.C.

The 210,000-square-foot Osage City plant produces napkins, paper plates, cups and table covers. The company said those functions and the plant's specialized equipment would be moved to its Leavenworth facility.

THE LAWRENCE plant which produces seasonal greeting cards, ribbons and bows, stickers, puzzles and invitations conceivably could pick up some employees displaced by the closing of the Osage City operation, who will be offered jobs at other facilities, Doyal said.

However, he said Hallmark officials expect most of the displaced employees to transfer to Leavenworth with the majority of the remaining workers to be reassigned to Hallmark's Topeka plant, which is within commuting distance of Osage City.

Since Hallmark officials don't yet know how many Osage City workers will accept reassignments, Doyal declined to speculate on how many employees might ultimately end up in Lawrence. He did say additional employees would be the extent of the Lawrence plant's gain from the Osage City plant's closing.

"We won't be tranferring any equipment or major activities to Lawrence," he said.

THE LAWRENCE plant, which employs about 1,025 people, is the city's largest manufacturing employer.

A statement released by Hallmark said the decision to close the two plants was a move to reorganize the company's manufacturing operations and not a signal of financial problems.

"The consolidations will help us make better use of excess space that has resulted from improvements in our work methods, such as aligning business areas with specific plants and packaging products as the point of production," J.D. Goodwin, vice president-manufacturing, said in the statement.

The North Carolina plant, Robersonville Products Co., employs 130 people and manufactures display fixtures and other wood-related items. Its operations and equipment will be transferred to two other Hallmark facilities, Metamora Woodworking Co. in Metamora, Ill., and Center Plywood Co. in Center, Tex.

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