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Cranston Print Works Closes Webster Facility

Cranston - the textile printing, finishing and engraving division of Cranston Print Works Co., Cranston, R.I. - has announced it will close its Webster, Mass.-based manufacturing facility in favor of outsourcing production. The mill currently produces 75 percent of the company's goods, but plans are to outsource 100 percent of production by June 1 this year. The company also will phase out its light packaging operation at its Cranston, R.I.-based facility, with most of those functions being absorbed by the Webster location.

The closure will affect approximately 75 employees. Fifty people will remain employed at the Webster location in administration, customer service, sales, marketing, supply chain/global sourcing, put-up/packaging and distribution. The company will maintain its design, sales and executive offices in New York City.

 "Our traditional over-the-counter fabric market continues to be highly competitive and over supplied," said Andrew F. Sylvia, president, Cranston. "The marketplace has become more customized and less volume driven, causing excess capacity and increased costs. Moreover, as we have successfully launched new product categories to expand our business, many of these products cannot be produced in Webster. All of these factors coupled with the dire economic environment made it necessary to change our business model.

 "This was a very difficult and emotional decision," Sylvia continued. "Most employees are veterans of this company, with many over 30 years of service. The Webster plant is a premier cotton print plant known throughout the world for its quality and cutting edge technology. This reputation was built through the dedication and commitment of all the many employees who worked here over the years and gave their best everyday. I have never been associated with a finer group of people."

Sylvia said the company will continue to offer quality products and services because of its knowledge and proficiency in global sourcing developed over the past 10 years. "Our manufacturing expertise in printing and finishing will remain in our global sourcing capabilities," he said. "We will continue to provide innovation and creativity through our V.I.P., Quilting Treasures and Cranston Home brands."

January 27, 2009

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