KC print company goes out of business, employees left without paychecks

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City printing company, Barton Nelson has left employees without insurance and access to their retirement accounts. On June 13, employees said the company held a pizza party and informed their employees they were going out of business.

“I have no income coming in right now, no insurance, nothing,” said Felicia Calhoun, who worked for Barton Nelson Printing for 35 years.

A message on the answering machine at the company says, “Thank you for calling Barton Nelson. We are currently maintaining a minimum level of operation while we restructure our finances under court order.”

“June 13, Friday the 13th, not a very good day for us,” said George Cherry, a cutter who worked for the company for 29 years. He said when management told the employees what was happening, they explained it this way, “The banks and everything took all our money, and we have no way to pay you guys.”

One of the owners, Greg Nelson, said the company defaulted on a loan to Enterprise Bank, which was secured by accounts receivables, inventory and the building at 13700 Wyandotte in Kansas City, Mo. While trying to work through the default, Nelson said the bank pulled the plug.

Johnny Johnson has been running the printing press at Barton Nelson for 23 years. Regarding the issues with Enterprise Bank, he says, “We were told it was a work in progress, we’ve got a plan it just kept leading us on.”

Employees told FOX 4 the court appointed receiver, Jim McLaughlin, who is now managing the business, was inside, so we went in to ask him when the employees can expect to be paid. McLaughlin said he has no comment and kicked us off of the property.

“It’s not fair to all these people who work here and gave our lives to this company without getting any pay,” Calhoun said.

Jerry Mueller with Enterprise Bank would not comment on the relationship between the bank and Barton Nelson, but says the bank has nothing to do with paying the employees. He says Enterprise Bank filed a lawsuit against the company, the court appointed a receiver and that receiver is now in charge.

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