Century-old Waterville business closing

Posted April 10, 2012, at 8:54 a.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A century-old Waterville printing business is shutting down, another victim of the economy and the evolving marketplace.

Co-owner Jim Mitchell says Atkins Printing Service will close later this month after 102 years in business, putting nine people out of work.

Jim Mitchell and his brother Peter bought the family business four years ago, they were optimistic but did not see the financial meltdown coming.

Atkins does computer design, digital and offset printing, full bindery services including trim, folding, letterpress and saddle stitch and mailing.

The 22,000-square-foot business produced highly specialized printing for companies including L.L. Bean.

Mayor Karen Heck tells the Morning Sentinel (http://bit.ly/HtYk6s) she is sad to learn Atkins is closing. Atkins printed all her campaign literature when she ran for mayor last year.

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