Lifetouch Consolidating Publishing Plant to Loves Park

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LOVES PARK (WIFR) – Almost 300 jobs are on the way to Loves Park.

Lifetouch publishing, which does school yearbooks and portraits, is adding 80 full time and 200 seasonal positions for the upcoming school year. The additions come to Loves Park as the company shuts down its only other warehouse in Kansas City. The company says it will work more efficiently in one location and this is good news for the Stateline.

"I think for all of the different operational aspects of a printing plant is what we're going to be looking for. As the move from Kansas City to Loves Park takes place, it's over a rolling several weeks if not months of time so it's not an immediate kind of need, but one that will happen being stretched out over the next several months."

Although the jobs have not officially been posted to the company’s website, you can still join their job network on or go to the Loves Park location on Forest Hills Court and fill out an application.

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, 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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