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Day-Timer to Close its Lower Macungie Plant

Day-Timer plans to close its East Texas facility affecting 300 local employees.

Day-Timer, one of the most recognizable names among Lehigh Valley businesses, will close its East Texas plant in Lower Macungie, affecting the jobs of about 300 people.

The news was announced Wednesday by Day-Timer’s parent company, ACCO Brands Corp. of Lincolnshire, Ill.

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Severance will be made available to all eligible full-time employees, along with outplacement and other employee assistance programs, ACCO Brands said in a news release.

In addition, some employees will be eligible for relocation to other ACCO Brands facilities. Day-Timer employees were notified of the plant closing on Wednesday, the company said.

Day-Timer operations will be relocated to other ACCO Brands facilities in Sidney, N.Y.; Kettering, Ohio, and Lincolnshire.

”This was a difficult decision for us,” said Thomas W. Tedford, executive vice president of ACCO Brands and president, U.S. Office and Consumer Products.

“Our East Texas employees have been loyal and productive contributors to our success for many years. Nevertheless, our recent merger with the Mead Consumer & Office Products business has created a significant overlap in our Dated Goods business, and the best option for our company in the long term is to co-locate these businesses in a much larger facility in Sidney, N.Y.”

Ron Beitler June 07, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Before Daytimers it was "Dorney Printing" (still catch myself calling it this sometimes) it's been in the area for as long as I can remember. Sad to see this, but not shocked. Heard rumors for awhile now. When they built the new huge new parking lot across the street a decade or so ago that includes a tunnel under lower mac rd., it used to be filled to the brim on weekdays. I remember this well. Last couple of years though I'd say only about 20%... if even that of this giant parking lot was ever filled with employees. You could see the business was declining. Sadly, it would seem it's just a product people don't use anymore.. Not long ago just a few years most businesspeople had a trusty daytimer. Now it's smartphones and tablets. Happy to see the company is taking care of it's employees with placement services. This now presents an interesting opportunity. Will be following closely what happens with this huge parcel that includes offices, manufacturing and a giant warehouse and huge parking area across the street. Just a reminder that for every "ocean spray" that local officials peacock about, there is another town that is losing out. This is why we need true JOB CREATION not just job poaching with localities luring businesses from other areas with tax incentives.
Donna June 07, 2012 at 06:00 PM
So very sad to see the once vibrant Dorney Empire crumble. Worked there for many years in the early '90's; great hard-working employees in East Texas, I wish them all well.
Willet Thomas June 07, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Years ago I couldn't do business without my Day-Timers. Depended on it every day to schedule appointments, etc. sorry to see them go. It's the sign of the times I think. Now I can't live without my iPod Touch. The world's changing fast.
Lanya June 08, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Almost took a job there a few years back...glad now that I didn't.

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