MennoMedia has announced that it will close its office and distribution center in Kitchener, Ontario, in early 2017. It has maintained an office in the MCC Ontario center at 50 Kent Avenue since fall 2013; before that time the office was located for numerous years in Waterloo.
“This was a difficult decision. We have a loyal Canadian customer base, especially in Mennonite Church Canada congregations,” said Russ Eanes, executive director of MennoMedia and its book imprint, Herald Press. “However, as both the church world and the publishing world have changed, we have to change.”
The closing affects one full-time employee. Eanes added, “We are actively working to develop one or more partnerships with third parties that can continue to provide top-level service to our Canadian customers,” said Eanes.
The staff and board of MennoMedia, in looking at costs, found that “it will be more cost-effective, with our limited resources, to work through a third-party distributor in Canada for Herald Press,” noted Eanes. He pointed out that a significant portion of Canadian congregations are already being serviced through a call and distribution center in the United States. “That will continue seamlessly in the coming months,” he said.
MennoMedia staff are working to secure new distribution partnerships in Canada, and hope to announce new partnerships before Christmas.
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