The Dallas Morning News is reducing its commercial printing services and will keep just its largest customers to focus more on its newspaper business, the paper reported.
Ninety-two jobs will be cut at the company’s Plano printing plant, according to the company. Fifty-seven of the jobs are filled at the moment. Severance packages are available for workers, who were told of the changes last week, the paper says. The plant had around 350 workers before the changes.
The Plano plant will no longer print for some 25 commercial customers and weekly papers, including the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly, the paper reported. The plant will still print The Dallas Morning News, regional editions of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Denton Record-Chronicle.
"Last year, we conducted an in-depth analysis of our commercial printing business and found that as commercial print volumes continue to decline, so has our profitability,” said Grant Moise, president and publisher of The Dallas Morning News. “We have provided our existing clients with notice of this change and most have already transitioned to new printing partners. This strategic decision to streamline operations will allow The News to focus on its core business and increase operating income by over $2 million in 2019."
A. H. Belo is the parent company of The Dallas Morning News.