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Hearst announces 145 layoffs after Rodale take-over

Layoffs are expected to begin in March

EMMAUS, Pa. - Hearst Magazines plan to layoff nearly 150 employees at the Emmaus-based publisher it agreed to purchase last year.

On Tuesday, Hearst announced to employees the pending 145 layoffs at Rodale Press. Hearst's vice president of finance notified borough officials and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry on the layoffs in a letter dated Thursday.

The company will lay off staff at the South 10th Street main campus, the Rodale photo studio at 554 North St. and the test kitchen at 1134 Pennsylvania Ave., all in Emmaus. Hearst also plans on closing the Rodale Iron Run Distribution Center at 6461 Snowdrift Road in Upper Macungie Township.

Layoffs are expected to begin March 10. One employee has already left the company and was given pay and benefits in lieu of the notice. Hearst indicated that the layoffs will be permanent.

While disappointed by the news, the Emmaus borough manager reports there might be interest in purchasing the Rodale corporate headquarters by a company he called a "major employer." He could not elaborate further.

Hearst and Rodale entered talks last year about a potential deal, and Hearst agreed in October to purchase the publisher of health and wellness books and magazines. Rodale publications include Men's Health, Women's Health, Runner's World and Prevention.

The deal officially finalized earlier this week.

Tune into 69News starting at 4 p.m. for more on the major changes coming at Rodale.

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