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Sayers Set To Close Doors In Rock Hill

June 21, 2002
After about 50 years in business in Rock Hill, Quebecor World Sayers is set to close its doors this summer. While city officials said they will miss the long-time fixture in Rock Hill, they hope to fill the empty space with something productive for the city.

Quebecor World Sayers, a printing company founded in 1912, has for nearly 50 years, occupied a 3.5-acre property at 9600 Manchester Road, just east of Rock Hill City Hall. But, the long-time fixture in Rock Hill will close its doors August 2, which will leave a hole in Rock Hill in more ways than one.

Rock Hill Mayor Robert Salamone said he forwarded a letter to Herb Sayers Jr., president of Quebecor, expressing Rock Hill's sincere appreciation for the long-time presence of the company in the city.

"Any company involved with the city for such a long period will be missed," said Salamone. "That being said, we must now look to the future."

Salamone said the company had brought in about 1.3- to 3-percent of the city's total revenues. He said he would like to see a productive use for the property, which is owned by Quebecor. Quebecor, headquartered in Greenwich, Conn., is concentrated in the Northeast and the West. Rock Hill has been the company's only Midwest location.

In earlier discussions with Rock Hill officials, Quebecor representatives had said they wanted to expand the company's Rock Hill building and purchase the Rock Hill City Hall property.

Such an expansion would have enabled the company to retain jobs and the economic contribution the company brings to Rock Hill, Quebecor officials said. Sayers had said last fall that if the company was unable to expand, it would need to relocate.

Communications between Quebecor and Rock Hill officials thereafter broke down, due to Rock Hill's urgency to move forward with its City Hall expansion and renovation project plans.

Now that the company is closing its Rock Hill location, Salamone said he would like to consider the idea of using the Quebecor property for the city hall project. Salamone said he plans to talk with Quebecor representatives about this possibility.

"Hopefully, they will see the benefit for the city and for them," Salamone said.

Salamone said this idea is just one of many options for the property.

"I would like to see the property designated for some multipurpose or retail use," Salamone said. "I am starting to investigate different possibilities, which I will report back to the Board of Aldermen."

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