Lifetouch closes Olan Mills photography facilities; 383 jobs cut

photo Two offices of Chattanooga's Olan Mills Inc., which was bought Minnesota-based rival Lifetouch Inc. in November 2011, will close.

Olan Mills photography developed a close relationship with Chattanooga over the past 70 years, but that picture is fading away.

Minnesota-based Lifetouch, which bought Olan Mills in November, plans to shut down the two Olan Mills production facilities in the city and cut 383 jobs, an official said Monday.

Lifetouch, a portrait photography company like Olan Mills, is closing the longtime Olan Mills sites on Shallowford Road and Amnicola Highway.

"Work at those plants will go to other facilities across the country," said Kelvin Miller, Lifetouch's corporate vice president of communications.

Lifetouch will keep open its Preservation Drive facility in Chattanooga, where it employs up to 350 people at peak times, Miller said.