Senator offers an ear to iconic Shepherdsville business

Rand Paul visits iconic Shepherdsville business

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The company began 150 years ago but recently Publishers Printing announced it will be moving nearly all of its 1,300 employees to Lebanon Junction and away from their iconic home in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.

The move equates to about a 15 minute drive.

Senator Rand Paul met with company officials saying he wanted to find ways of getting the federal government out of the way allowing the company to grow.

He also visited with employees and toured the Shepherdsville plant which we're told is seeing an increase in its food package printing line. Publishers Printing still prints magazines despite the digital revolution that has impacted the industry as a whole.

“Publishers Printing has been around here a long time”, said Senator Paul, “employs 1,300 people and I think it's a great Kentucky success story.”

But considering the upcoming move and concern by some in the community that other changes may be coming, we asked Senator Paul whether he was concerned for the employees.

“Well, part of our being here is to find that out”, Senator Paul answered. “You know, to ask them, to ask questions about what is it that's making it more difficult to do business, what is it we can do to allow your business prosper, and that's part of being here is learning that.”

Vice President of Sales, Dick Ryan, said corporate income tax and Postal Service reforms were hot topics.

“We're quite interested in Postal reform in whatever shape or form that would take”, said Ryan. “Any type of reform that makes it easier for us to do more business with the Post Office we'd be happy about.”

Most of Publishers Printing’s magazines are shipped through the US Post Office. Ryan also stressed with us the strategy behind moving most of his work force to Lebanon Junction.

“It's really part of a much broader growth strategy we have for the company”, he said. “Our plant in Lebanon Junction, where we will be moving nearly all of our customer’s work, is nearly 2 1/2 times the size of this plant. We own all of the real estate in Lebanon Junction so we can continue to expand through the investment of new equipment and hopefully expand our workforce as well.”

Mr. Ryan said he expects most of the employees to choose to move to the Lebanon Junction facility and that they don’t “forecast any significant impact” on number of employees.     


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