Quad/Graphics is expanding its sprawling Oklahoma City printing facility and adding to its workforce.
The Wisconsin-based company is adding a 93,800-square-foot storage area to its building at 6801 S Sunnylane Road at an estimated cost of $7 million. The company also is installing a press — its 13th — for magazine and catalog work; the press is being relocated from a closed facility and will be operational this summer.
To staff the press and keep up with demand, Quad/Graphics is hiring 80 full-time and 50 part-time workers, said Claire Ho, a company spokeswoman. Positions include equipment operators, equipment maintenance professionals, electricians and customer service representatives.
Wages will be competitive and based on skill and experience, plant director Mike DeHart said.
Quad/Graphics has been consistently growing its Oklahoma City presence since opening the plant in 2003 at 218,000 square feet and 100 employees. At 1 million square feet today, the plant is the largest print-production facility west of the Mississippi River, Ho said. The Oklahoma City workforce is up to 600 and will top 700 once the openings are filled.
“This plant has been fortunate,” DeHart said. Even in the recession, when Quad/Graphics cut 550 jobs in 2009, just 27 of those were in Oklahoma City.
Construction on the addition is expected to be complete this fall. It will be able to store up to 30 million pounds of paper.
The Oklahoma City plant is one of more than a dozen the company uses for catalog production in the U.S., Ho said, with customers including J. Crew, Crate & Barrel, TOMS shoes, Mary Kay and Fossil. Magazines and retail advertising inserts also are printed at the facility.
In September, the company celebrated the addition of its 12th press and 120 new jobs.