A while back, I chatted with Lifetouch, Inc., the company that has purchased the photo division of Herff Jones, the school photo firm.
Lifetouch did not have many details to offer yet, but it seemed upbeat about the more than 100 remaining jobs in Lewiston.
I checked back in with Lifetouch and found that there are definitely less jobs in Lewiston's future.
Here's some from an article I wrote about all of this plus some perspective from the longtime businessman who runs Lewiston Auto:
The city of Lewiston will have fewer jobs by the end of the year after the acquisition of one of its larger employers.
Lifetouch Inc., which recently acquired the former Herff Jones photo facility in Lewiston, plans to transfer or eliminate many of the more than 100 jobs based there, although the total number that will leave isn't clear. The new owner, however, does plan to maintain a sales office with an undefined number of workers.
Lewiston's supporters say the community will weather this as it has much larger job losses in the past.
"No town can afford to keep losing things, but I think we'll be able to get some of that stuff back, maybe even stronger than Herff Jones was at the end," said Lyle Nienow, president of Lewiston Auto. " I don't feel like the future is so dim that Lewiston is going to dry up and blow away."
In fact, he points out even though Herff Jones slashed more than 200 jobs in 2009, Lewiston's population increased by 9 percent over the past 10 years, to 1,620, according to the 2010 U.S. Census.
"Many of those people stayed here. I think that says something," Nienow said.
Of course, it was a tough economic hit for the city.
The current concern is Lifetouch's intentions toward the more than 100 workers remaining in the former Herff Jones buildings.
The administrative departments based there are considered redundant, because those services already are handled at the new owner's headquarters in Eden Prairie.
"Over time those administration functions will transfer to Eden Prairie," said Kelvin Miller of Lifetouch."We have no specific timetable, but we would like to have most that accomplished by the end of the calendar year."
In fact, a handful of Lewiston people are already driving to work in Eden Prairie, he said.