Archive for Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Jostens moving Topeka production work to Tenn.

May 15, 2012


Memorabilia maker Jostens says 372 jobs will be affected when it moves all production work from its Topeka plant to Clarksville, Tenn., beginning in July.

The Minneapolis-based maker of yearbooks, class rings and similar products informed its Topeka workers of the decision Monday.

The Topeka plant mainly produces Jostens’ line of memory books. Jostens says the 372 production jobs will be phased out.

The company plans to keep 87 employees in Topeka, mainly in customer service, art, marketing and technical support.

Jostens has been steadily cutting jobs and production in Topeka over the past several years.

Monday’s announcement came one year after Jostens announced it was cutting 83 full-time and seasonal jobs in Topeka as production of diploma covers moved to a plant in Shelbyville, Tenn.


yourworstnightmare 1 year, 11 months ago

Actually, I think Obama and Brownback secretly got together on this one and forced Jostens out of Topeka.


Richard Heckler 1 year, 11 months ago

Worker's taxes siphoned off by their bosses Thursday, April 26, 2012 | by Jim Hightower

My congratulations to workers in 16 states – from Maine to Georgia, New Jersey to Colorado! Many of you will be thrilled to know that the income taxes deducted from your paychecks each month are going to a very worthy cause: your corporate boss.

Good Jobs First, a non-profit, non-partisan research center, has analyzed state programs meant to create jobs, but instead have created some $700 million a year in corporate welfare. This scam starts with the normal practice of corporations withholding from each employee's monthly check the state income taxes their workers owe.

But rather than remitting this money to pay for state services, these 16 states simply allow the corporations to keep the tax payments for themselves! Adding to the funkiness of taxation-by-corporation, the bosses don't even have to tell workers that the company is siphoning off their state taxes for its own fun and profit.

These heists are rationalized in the name of "job creation," but that's a hoax, too. They're really just bribes the states pay to get corporations to move existing jobs from one state to another, or they're hostage payments to corporations that demand the public's money – or else they'll move their jobs out of state.

Last year, Kansas used workers' withholding taxes to bribe AMC Entertainment with a $47 million payment to move its headquarters from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, to a KC suburb on the Kansas side, just 10 miles away. What a ripoff! Among the 2,700 corporations cashing in on such absurd diversions of state taxes from public need to private greed are Goldman Sachs, GE, Motorola, and Procter & Gamble.

For more information – and for ways you can help stop this despicable giveaway – get the full report, entitled "Paying Taxes to the Boss." It's available at


Gotland 1 year, 11 months ago

That would help everyone, except public union employees. After all citizens exist for one reason and that is to fund the pension and salaries of public union employees.


TopJayhawk 1 year, 11 months ago

A lot of it has to do with new technology in printing. A lot of it has to do with the CEO and corporate HQ being in Tenn.
A good friend of mine's wife is a journyman printer here in Topeka with Jostens.She makes $60,000.00 +/yr.
It is a shame.

I really think the way to attract and keep business is to do away with the business tax here. That would make the wind industry really notice Ks and it's wind. Along of course with our own loveable Windy Bozo. (kidding, peace dude) Yes I am conservative, but don't care for Brownie either. And no, I am not for tax relief for the rich. But would like to see property tax relief. This would lower house payments and keep rent down. That would help everyone.


Bud Stagg 1 year, 11 months ago

Jostens is in a market that is made up of "extras". Rings, yearbooks, etc are not neccesary items in life. The Yearbook portrait market has been in the dumps for years, yearbooks would logically follow. It was a simple business decision to save money, why do they have to save money? Because the economy sucks and they are not bringing in high enough revenue.

On Obama and Sam, a true leader could get both sides to work together. Both sides of the aisle have good ideas. We haven't had a true leader in quite awhile. I hoped Obama could truly work out the differences. I have not even seen a good effort since he took office. He rammed obamacare down our throats when he had the majority without even consulting the republican party and they have been pissed at him ever since. That is not leadership, that is party line thinking.


Gotland 1 year, 11 months ago

Too much government money in Topeka has destroyed work ethic. Don't worry, the laid off workers can find shelter in OBama's section eight housing. AKA Obamavilles.


jonas_opines 1 year, 11 months ago

Without reading comments, over/under on Brownback being blamed in 2 +/-1 comments


chucko916 1 year, 11 months ago

Lets see the highest paid plant due to being Union, yes no Union issues, since they were getting paid and getting paid well, why would the workers have issues.....simple out the jobs, with less taxes and lower wages for the SAME work....I am sure Tennessee can make Josten's products close to the same as Topeka can......for any and all of you making this political, thats crazy....boycott Jostens?!? if that makes you feel better....SIMPLE...Unions are not needed in most of today's world and have cost many companies their business's and many more employees their jobs (hope they saved all that extra money the UNION got for them)


rockchalk1977 1 year, 11 months ago

More fallout from the failed economic policies of the Obama administration. Let's end the nightmare in November. Romney 2012!


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 11 months ago

Brownback doesn't deserve any blame for the jobs lost in this plant closing. But he won't deserve any credit for any future job creation, either. He's not the least bit concerned with job creation-- his only concern is making the "job creators" ever more wealthy, at the expense of the vast majority.


guppypunkhead 1 year, 11 months ago

Yikes! This is a big blow to Topeka. :( Josten's was one of the largest and best employers.


newmedia 1 year, 11 months ago

Thanks for bringing the Mars plant to Topeka!! At least the Josten's jobs are not going overseas as far as we know...


somedude20 1 year, 11 months ago

Guess that prayer summit didn't work out too well for you and Perry because your state is sinking (thanks to your grand plans) and Perry lost so badly that even "losers" are feeling better about themselves. I guess that either, a) there ain't no god or b) god frickin hates you!

The best thing you can do, Mr Brownback is go away. Leave this state alone if you must muck something up, try West Virginia


oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 11 months ago

In due time, yearbooks will be digital. Class rings are a thing of the past, since real gems and mountings are far too expensive.

In fact, why have a yearbook if students are in virtual schools? Virtual yearbooks next?


jhawkinsf 1 year, 11 months ago

"Jostens has been steadily cutting jobs and production in Topeka over the past several years".

As in pre-Brownback? As in pre-Sebelius? As in maybe for a very long time and whomever is the governor had absolutely nothing in the world to do with this decision?


Mixolydian 1 year, 11 months ago

The Topeka Jostens plant was the only plant of Jostens that was unionized, If people want to get silly and try to politicize a business decision, it seems like the closing would be better laid at Obama's feet than Brownback. Obama is wanting to push for stronger union laws, card check etc. Why wouldn't Jostens close down Topeka in that environment?

Of course politics wasn't involved here, it was just a business decision,


gudpoynt 1 year, 11 months ago

Jostens, your Tennessee job creator.


observant 1 year, 11 months ago

Hey brownie, how's that job's program of yours working?


cowboy 1 year, 11 months ago

A sad day for Topeka and for the awesome employees of Jostens. Topeka was the mother ship for decades. this is what you get when a company is owned by a capital investment group.


JackMcKee 1 year, 11 months ago

That tax plan is really paying off Govenor.


Roland Gunslinger 1 year, 11 months ago

First Boeing, now Jostens.

Heckuva job Governor! Heckuva job!


Lawrence Morgan 1 year, 11 months ago

This is a terrible loss for Topeka. I extend my concerns to all those who will lose jobs, and I would strongly suggest that schools that employ Jostens go elsewhere for their future yearbooks, class rings, and similar products.


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