Lifetouch to end yearbook publishing; 75 jobs lost

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Lifetouch Inc. says it plans to end its yearbook publishing operation in Kansas City, effective Dec. 1.

Company spokesman Kelvin Miller says the plant shutdown will cost 75 full-time employees their jobs and eliminate about 300 seasonal jobs. The company, based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, will consolidate its yearbook publishing at a plant in Loves Park, Illinois.

The Kansas City Star reports the changes were prompted by trends toward digital and self-publishing.

Miller says about 25 jobs in sales and marketing will continue in Kansas City for the foreseeable future.

Lifetouch is best known for publications for kindergarten through junior high and for publishing church directories. It also provides student pictures at schools, sports activities and dances and operates portrait studios in stores such as Target and J.C. Penney.

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