Vertis to close Sylacauga plant, 260 jobs lost

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A Maryland-based company plans to close its only plant in Alabama, eliminating 260 jobs at a site that produces direct-mail advertisements and other printed marketing materials.

Vertis Communications of Baltimore operates 100 such plants nationwide, with the work done at Sylacauga to be moved elsewhere.

The Sylacauga plant became part of Vertis in October, when the company bought Tennessee-based American Color Graphics. CEO Mike DuBose said Tuesday in a statement that the company now has overlapping locations as a result of the merger and is trying to become more efficient.

The company plans to offer "extended financial assistance" to eliminated workers.

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