LEIPSIC — Ennis is closing its plant in Leipsic within the next few months. Employees were notified Oct. 2.
During a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon, Steven Osterloh, Ennis vice president of marketing, said the Leipsic plant will be consolidated into other Ennis facilities. The current operations at the plant will wind down the next 30 to 60 days, he said.
Ennis manufactures and sells an extensive line of stock and custom business forms, checks, commercial printing, promotional products, envelopes, tags, labels, pressure seal, presentation products, plastic cards and multimedia packaging, according to the company’s website.
“Ennis has been in the village for decades and for all of that time they have been a community member more so than just an industry,” said Justin Barnhart, village administrator.
Most of the customers serviced out of the Leipsic location will continue to be serviced by facilities in Toledo and Coshocton.
“Keeping the location open was no longer financially viable,” Osterloh said.
There are currently 17 employees at the Leipsic facility. He said Ennis owns the building and plans to sell it.
“We will be working with the Village of Leipsic to determine the best process and how we can work together to transition the building,” Osterloh said.
Employees were offered an opportunity to relocate to one of Ennis’ locations throughout the country.
“At this early stage we do not know how many employees will take advantage of this opportunity,” Osterloh said.
Barnhart said the first goal will be to work with employees seeking new jobs.
Employees were working in the business Tuesday.
“This will be a hardship on families. The most important thing for the Village of Leipsic is to make sure all of the employees have access to employment in the future if they want it,” Barnhart said.
Barnhart said the building is in good shape and will be marketed heavily so jobs are available in the village. It is zoned light industrial with three loading docks that are built for semi trucks.
Ennis was founded in Ennis, Texas, in 1909. The Ennis network currently runs 55 facilities across 21 states. According to the business’ annual report, the Leipsic plant has 83,216 square feet of space for manufacturing.
Barnhart said the business has always supported the community, with printing at cost or for free for community groups. Barnhart added the business has been a livelihood for many families in Leipsic.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.