Herff Jones Sells Photo Division To Lifetouch

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Lifetouch of Eden Prairie plans to buy the photography division of Herff Jones.

The Indianapolis-based company has a photography facility in Lewiston. Lifetouch executive Kelvin Miller says the company plans to offer jobs to Herff Jones photo division employees and keep a sales office open in Lewiston.

Herff Jones President Joe Slaughter says the decision to sell the photography division is driven by a strategic plan to focus on other business interests. The company also produces scholastic recognition, graduation-related items and education materials.

KAGE reports terms of the deal were not disclosed. The sale is expected to close in May.

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  • the facts

    Yes, most of us were offered jobs with lifetouch. However, these positions will only last a few months, as the building will be closed by Jan 1 2012. Yes, there will still be a small group with a sales office, but location has not been announced. The employees are being used to get the data converted to LT systems, then we’re done with the company. Lewiston employees better start looking for work fast. Those that have been making these huge decisions for Herff Jones Photography are not affected by the decisions. These decisions are especially difficult because Herff Jones is an employee owned company and had no say in the matter.

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