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RR Donnelley Flaxby phone directory printers set to close

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Image caption The plant, in Flaxby, has printed telephone directories including the Yellow Pages

A factory that prints telephone directories is set to close, with the loss of 200 jobs.

Printing business RR Donnelley, in Flaxby, North Yorkshire, has produced books including the Yellow Pages for the United Kingdom and abroad.

The firm said production at the site could cease by the end of the year. Union officers are due to meet with management at the plant next week.

The company, started in Chicago, US, has sites across the UK and Ireland.

It said the proposals had been announced "with regret", with a consultation process now starting.

'Bitter blow'

A spokesman said: "We understand that this announcement places our employees and their families in a period of uncertainty and we will attempt to support and provide reasonable assistance through the process."

Chris Daly, Unite regional officer, said: "This is a bitter blow for the workforce and their families as well as the local economy.

"These are well-paid jobs that are under threat and won't be easily replicated in rural North Yorkshire.

"One of the avenues we will be discussing is redeployment to another of its sites in the UK."

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