4over, a leading North American trade-only printer headquartered in Glendale, California, has announced the permanent closure of its 36,000-square-foot Canadian production facility located in Mississauga, Ontario. The company specializes in large-format printing, packaging and packaging prototypes, marketing materials, direct-mail printing and delivery services, promotional products and much more – and had continued to roll out new products on a regular basis for several years. Home to over 50 employees, the Mississauga plant housed Komori offset presses, bindery equipment and more, and did over $10 million in sales. Temporary layoffs began in March of this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but management said earlier this week that the closure was indeed permanent. The wholesale print leader said it intends to continue to serve Canadian clients from its plants in New Jersey and Ohio.
Corporately, 4over has sales of about $270 million (USD) and employs about 1,500 people at 9 plants across the U.S. The company also revealed that it intends to “consolidate” these 9 production plants down to 7. However, on its website, it currently lists only 7 plants located across the United States – in California, Ohio, New Jersey, Texas, Florida, Illinois and Arizona – and indicates that they’re open, but that because of COVID-19, delivery deadlines could be extended by one or two days.
4over Canada had actually reinvented itself in the past few years with a new client-centered approach that included better access to staff, a more welcoming reception area, and additional roll-outs of value-added print products. The proactive steps did pay off, growing 4over’s business significantly from 2017 to 2019 via such products as packaging prototypes, and adding foil printing and premium stocks and finishes – among other improvements. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.