Hallmark announces layoffs, some may come from Center

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Hallmark Cards Inc. is cutting up to 750 jobs, or 8 percent, of its U.S. work force, as the nation's largest greeting cards maker struggles with falling sales.

The bulk of the cuts are coming from manufacturing and distribution, including an operation in Center.

The Kansas City-based company told employees Tuesday that it will cut from 6 percent to 8 percent of its workers over the next six months. That translates to between 550 and 750 jobs.

Hallmark's total U.S. work force, excluding subsidiaries such as Easton, Pa.-based Crayola, is around 9,200.

The company reported last month that 2008 revenue fell 2 percent to $4.3 billion as the recession has cut into consumer spending.