UMR Communications, which published the United Methodist Reporter and provided printing and communication services to churches and nonprofits, ceased publication in early June, citing financial losses. The closure, announced in mid-May, cost the jobs of 26 remaining employees, including some with more than 40 years of service. Alan Heath, CEO since August 2011, said the ministry had struggled financially for several years. But the late 2012 loss of a major contract — for printing, as well as for warehousing and shipping curriculum materials — reduced revenue by about 40 percent. Alternatives were explored, but Heath said "there was no solution that didn't involve red ink."
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