After multiple rounds of layoffs and years of losses, UNC Printing Services will shut down this summer, laying off its remaining 12 employees.
Carolyn Elfland, associate vice chancellor for campus services, said the decision, which was made weeks ago but announced to employees Monday, was expected and based on a lack of demand for the product.
But some of the department’s employees said they were surprised by the decision and that losses stemmed from University mismanagement.
For the last 40 years, Printing Services has printed bulk documents for departments on campus, such as newsletters and fundraising letters. The department relies on its own sales for funding.
Elfland said the department’s services will now be outsourced, and she hopes to find a new company by August. She met with the 12 remaining employees on Monday to announce the decision.
“Personally, I was not expecting it,” said Glenn Haugh, design and prepress supervisor. Others expressed the same sentiment.
“We had no foreknowledge of what was going to happen,” said Jim White, a print and document services technician.
Elfland cited “market forces” as the reason for the change. She said business has been declining for years as more departments publish online and buy their own efficient printers.
“Nationally, printing is declining; the volume of work has dropped,” she said.