The Columbus Dispatch is relocating its newspaper printing from the west side of the city to a facility in Indianapolis, the paper reported.
The March shuttering of the Dispatch printing facility, at 5300 Crosswind Drive, will impact 188 employees, a combination of full- and part-timers, the paper said. The closure won’t change the delivery of the paper. The paper’s news and advertising staffs will stay local, the paper said.
The move follows GateHouse Media’s $1.4 billion purchase of Gannett, which was completed in late 2019. The merged company uses the Gannett name. GateHouse had bought the Dispatch in 2015.
“No one at The Dispatch is happy to see our presses stop printing,” Alan D. Miller, executive editor and interim general manager of the Dispatch Media Group, told the paper. “The Dispatch has printed in Columbus at one location or another for more than 148 years. We also understand the financial realities of this business, and with modern technology and transportation systems, we can save money and preserve our journalism by making this move.”
The Gannett-owned Cincinnati Enquirer and Kentucky Enquirer are now being printed in Louisville, the Dispatch said. Those papers had been printed in at the Columbus facility for five years. Various smaller Gannett papers in Ohio are also printed in Indianapolis