MetroGroup to close Rutland plant

The bulk mailing facility MetroGroup, on Seward Road in Rutland Town,will close its plant in December. MetroGroup is Rutland County's eighth-largest employer. This close will be leaving 204 workers to find new jobs. MetroGroup has been in operation since the early 1960s when it opened under a different name and different ownership as a support facility for Readers Digest. During its 45-year history, the plant has changed ownership a number of times, most recently in 2004 when it was bought by Marketing Services Inc., based in Lincoln, Neb. The 175,000-square-foot plant in Rutland would shut down between Dec. 10 and Dec. 24. On Oct. 24, the company will hold a job fair at the Seward Road site, where a number of regional employers will be on hand to talk about job openings in their companies. Tom Donahue, executive director of the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce, said his organization and REDC would work with MetroGroup and other regional employers.Links on the front page of the Chamber's Web site can connect workers to a number of job search engines. MetroGroup's announcement comes three months after OMYA announced it was relocating its headquarters to Cincinnati, Ohio, removing 50 high-paying jobs from the region.

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