Hallmark to close 2 Kansas manufacturing plants due to COVID-19

Posted at 4:02 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 17:02:22-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Hallmark Cards will temporarily close two manufacturing facilities in Kansas, as well as one in Texas, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Kansas City, Missouri-based company said Friday it will close its plants in Lawrence, which makes greeting cards, and Leavenworth, which makes gift wrap, beginning Monday, March 23. It will also close a plant in Center, Texas, which makes store fixtures and displays.

Hallmark’s distribution center in Liberty and a production plant in Metamora, Illinois, will remain open with reduced staff. Those facilities also will “continue to implement enhanced cleaning protocols and social distancing strategies,” according to a news release from the company.

Employees will receive additional PTO equivalent to two weeks of pay, Hallmark said.

Earlier this week, Hallmark temporarily closed its Crown Center headquarters for 48 hours after an employee was “potentially exposed” to the coronavirus in a social setting.