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R.R. Donnelley to close Gresham plant, lay off 113 employees

Printing services company cites changing market conditions

Citing "changing market conditions," print services company RR Donnelley is closing its East Multnomah County facility at 17401 N.E. Halsey St.

The permanent closure will affect 113 employees involved in directory and print fulfillment work, according to a letter to employees from the company's Human Resources department at its Chicago headquarters. The letter was forwarded to the state of Oregon's Office of Workforce Development in Salem.

"We are committed to making the transition as smooth as possible for our employees, our customers and for the community," the letter read.

Company officials anticipate employees will be "permanently separated" from employment with the company during a 14-day period beginning August 1.

Affected positions include press, bindery and hoist operators; materials handlers; maintenance mechanics, technical specialists, an accountant and other roles.

In 2006, the city of Gresham offered the company, which has had a Gresham-area presence for decades, one of its first incentive-based property tax breaks for its then-fledgling enterprise zone program.

The company was founded in 1864 as as R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company. Its Pennsylvania-based cartographic production facility grew to be one of the largest custom mapmaking companies in the country, and the company integrated routing technology with its digital map databases and launched a separate company, Geosystems, which eventually led to MapQuest, according to company history.