Hallmark shuts Toronto site, 195 laid off

June 5, 2008 at 8:44 AM
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TORONTO, June 5 (UPI) -- Hallmark Cards Canada is closing its Toronto facility and laying off 195 employees along with 140 others at two U.S. facilities, the company said.

Workers on both shifts were summoned Wednesday morning for a meeting and management broke the news with a video, the Toronto Star reported.

"I don't think there's a card for that," an ex-employee who didn't want to be identified told the Star.

The video featuring David Hall, president of Hallmark Cards' North American operations, said the downsizing was due to an overcapacity in manufacturing, and included 80 workers at Hallmark's DaySpring Christian greeting cards subsidiary in Siloam Springs, Ark., and 60 at its Sunrise Greetings arm in Bloomington, Ind.

Most of the work and equipment will be transferred to Hallmark's manufacturing plants in Topeka and Lawrence, Kan., the company said.

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