The Citizen (Auburn, New York) will outsource production of its printed publications starting April 9, the paper reported.

Lee Enterprises owns the paper.

The Daily Messenger in Canandaigua, a GateHouse paper, will print The Citizen.

The paper has operated its own press and packaging facility, but a “combination of maintenance issues and staffing shortages brought about the decision to shift production to an outside company,” the paper said.

The move will mean the loss of three part-time positions and one full-time position in The Citizen production department. Those workers are getting severance packages.

"We are deeply indebted to our co-workers who had many years’ service, but due to reliability and staffing concerns, this was our only option," said Thomas Salvo, the Citizen's interim publisher.

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