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School portrait service closing Virginia facility

February 4, 2020 GMT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Lifetouch, the company known for taking school portraits, plans to close its Chesapeake production facility by the end of the summer, a spokeswoman for the company said.

A spokeswoman for Shutterfly, the online photo developing site that owns Lifetouch, said equipment and volumes of portrait packages from school picture days stored at the Chesapeake plant will be moved to a new production hub in Texas, The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday.

The Chesapeake facility has about 130 full-time employees and nearly 40 seasonal workers, said Shutterfly spokeswoman Sondra Harding.

News of the Chesapeake closure follows the company’s announcement that it would close production plants in Tennessee, California, Minnesota and Illinois. It will still have Lifetouch facilities in Nevada, Indiana, Ohio and Winnipeg, Canada.

The work that was being done in Chesapeake will be largely move to the company’s soon to open plant in Plano, Texas, as well as three other existing manufacturing facilities in Arizona, Minnesota and South Carolina, the company said.