South Deerfield’s Channing Bete Company to close in June

Franklin County

Founded in 1954, the publishing company is well known for its easy to read, printed brochures, but as technology advances, the demand for printed publications is declining.

“They’ve been a wonderful part of the Pioneer Valley for over 60 years,” said Rod Sitterly of Sitterly Movers.

South Deerfield’s Channing Bete Company will soon close its doors after 65 years, leaving 105 employees looking for new work.

The publishing company did not wish to go on camera, but in a statement to 22News, company president Mike Bete said: 

We care deeply about our wonderful employee team… We are going to do everything possible to help our employees transition and find new work.

Sitterly told 22News he knows the Bete family very well and had helped them move from Greenfield to South Deerfield in 1978.

“They’re just really, really nice people, very concerned about their employees and I’m sure it’s been a wonderful place to work, and it’s really sad they’re closing,” said Sitterly.

And come June 30th, it’s closing will be felt by the community.

Wolfies Restaurant, located on South Main Street in South Deerfield, serves as a hot lunch spot for local businesses and workers. Wolfies Manager Katie Kurtyka told 22News, with Channing Bete closing they might not see as many people coming in.

Channing Bete will maintain a small staff as the company closes but will release most of its employees before the end of June.

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