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Over 130 Blade job cuts expected to begin August 1

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins says he has received notice from the Toledo Blade that the newspaper plans to shut down its downtown Toledo production facility and lay off more than 100 employees.

Collins says he received a letter from Block Communications notifying him of the closure Friday.

In the letter, Block Communications says it plans for layoffs to begin on August 1. The company plans to lay off about 131 workers, but says the timing of those layoffs could change. It also says the production facility on Superior Street will shut down permanently.

The Blade says bumping rights will not be available for those laid off.

Stephen Spolar with Block Communications says the layoffs will be in the production units of the paper's business, such as printing and inserting. Spolar declined to comment further, saying the company is still in negotiations with unions.

Teamsters Local 20 President Bill Lichtenwald says his union is still involved in confidential negotiations with The Blade, and declined to comment further.

Some Toledo residents are surprised by the paper shut down.

"People are reading them, caring about what's in them so to me hearing about cuts to a newspaper is very unfortunate," said Brian Prescott.

They say it is a primary source of information.

"The job loss itself is terrible especially job loss in the information industry where you're trying to get news out to people and raise awareness i think that compounds a lot of different issues," said Prescott.

Other residents say they could foresee the outcome.

"Newspapers across the county are folding up shop so it's really not a surprise that it happens here," said Jeremy Birmingham.

These residents are worried about what this could mean for the downtown Toledo area as a whole.

"I think any time a city is laying off people rather than hiring people it's obviously not a positve for the entire area," said Birmingham.

The cuts are expected to happen around the end of the summer.

Read the letter sent to Mayor Collins here.

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