(Published December 16, 2019) Production changes at The Examiner

Starting this Tuesday, printing of The Examiner (Independence, Missouri)

will take place in Columbia, Missouri, at the paper’s sister publication, the Columbia Daily Tribune, The Examiner reported.

Gannett owns the papers.

The look of the paper will stay the same, the paper said. The change will make the paper’s newsroom deadlines earlier. Another change is that the scheduled home delivery time Tuesday through Friday will be 8 a.m., and the Saturday deadline will be 9 a.m. Most readers now are getting their paper earlier than that, and the paper expects most deliveries still will be made before 7 a.m., the paper said.


(Published September 9, 2019) Two GateHouse papers in Arkansas set to close

Two GateHouse papers in Arkansas are set to cease publication, with their final editions on Sept. 6, the papers announced. The Stuttgart Daily Leader and the Helena-West Helena World are both looking for parties interested in owning the papers, the papers said.

“Our hope is still that the closure is avoided, and that the Daily Leader continues to serve this community under new ownership,” said Matt Guthrie, GateHouse regional vice president. Guthrie expressed similar hopes for the Helena-West Helena paper.

GateHouse is also making changes at the Pine Bluff Commercial, according to the paper. The paper plans to close its printing press this month.

“Changes are being made with our printing press, and printing will be outsourced, but we will continue to print and deliver papers five days a week,” Jennifer Allen, group publisher for GateHouse, said in a brief Commercial story. The story didn’t say where the printing would go.

Some seven people will lose jobs with the shuttering of the two papers, and around seven will see effects with the closing of the printing press, said Allen, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The Pine Bluff press also printed the two other papers.

In August, GateHouse announced its $1.4 billion acquisition of Gannett, which has papers in in Mountain Home and Fort Smith, the Democrat-Gazette points out.

In other GateHouse news, the company will pay up to $425,000 to settle a lawsuit with its carriers, who claim they were misclassified as independent contractors, MassLive reported.

GateHouse won’t need to change its practices as part of the settlement.

(Published July 15, 2019) La Crosse paper to move printing to Madison

Starting Aug. 11, the River Valley Media Group, publisher of the La Crosse Tribune (Wisconsin), will move its printing to a Lee Enterprises-owned plant in Madison, the paper said.

Lee owns the paper.

The La Crosse press the paper is using now is old and has become hard to keep up due and find replacement parts for, the paper said.

Madison is around two hours from La Crosse.

River Valley Media Group publications include the La Crosse Tribune, Winona Daily News, Onalaska-Holmen Courier Life News, Tomah Journal & Monitor Herald, West Salem Coulee News, Foxxy Shoppers, Jackson County Chronicle, Vernon County Broadcaster, Westby Times and Houston County News.

Published July 15, 2019) Quad closing Michigan facility

Quad/Graphics announced that it is closing a facility in Midland, Michigan. Some 300 people will lose jobs in the closure, according to WNEM TV5.

The facility will be shuttered around Sept, 10, the station reported.

“The decision is part of the company’s ongoing strategy to streamline operations and create efficiencies across its U.S. manufacturing platform and help print remain an economically feasible alternative to digital channels,” read a Quad statement, the stationsaid. “The decision in no way reflects the quality and performance of employees in the plant, all of whom have worked hard to make the plant succeed. Given the continued migration of advertising dollars to digital channels, Quad and the printing industry must continue to take steps to align declining volume with capacity.”

Sussex-Wisconsin based Quad has 48 other plants in the country, and the work from the Midland plant will go to other locations, the station says.

Quad says it intends to aid workers find other employment. The company has scheduled a career fair the week of July 22, the station said.

The plant in Midland produces special interest publications.

Quad says it will put the facility on the market for sale, the station reported.

(Published June 24, 2019) Reading Eagle sale to close; more than 80 jobs to go

MediaNews Group’s purchase of the Reading Eagle Co. (Pennsylvania) will likely be complete by the end of June, Reading Eagle staff was informed, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

MediaNews Group, which does business as Digital First Media, is purchasing Reading Eagle for $5 million after the Reading Eagle filed for Chapter 11 protection in March. MediaNews Group was the only qualified bidder, the paper reports.

MediaNews Group has extended job offers to 125 staff members, and 111 have said yes to the offers, according to the paper.

In mid-June, Reading Eagle Co. had 195 staff members, officials said, the paper reported. In March, the company had 236 full-time and 20 part-time workers, according to the paper.

A Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification, or WARN, notice sent to the Pennsylvania state Department of Labor and Industry said 81 employees would lose their jobs, but the figure is now 84, the company said, according to the paper.

Reading Eagle Company has the Reading Eagle, the South Schuylkill News, Pretzel City Productions and its printing subsidiary REP, and WEEU 830 AM.

Pennsylvania-based Twilight Broadcasting is buying WEEU's federal broadcasting license and will lease its broadcasting facility and towers, according to Twilight General Manager Todd Adkins, the Eagle reported

(Published May 20, 2019) Forum Communications buying Rochester Post Bulletin

ForumCommunications is buying the Rochester Post Bulletin (Minnesota) from Small Newspaper Group. 

The sale doesn’t include the downtown office and plant facility. A closing of the transaction is expected in the second quarter of this year. No terms of the transaction were announced.

Merger-and-acquisition firm Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April represented Small Newspaper Group in the transaction.

The Rochester Post Bulletin is the biggest daily in southeastern Minnesota, serving 60 communities in nine counties. The Post Bulletin is published five days in the afternoon and Sunday mornings.

Forum Communications, based in Fargo, North Dakota, owns 36 newspapers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin, including the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. The family-owned company also has television and radio holdings, a commercial printing division, Internet businesses and websites at each of its operations.

The paper moved its print from downtown Rochester to Red Wing, KTTC reported May 30, 2019.

(Published May 13, 2019) Daytona Beach News-Journal printing press to close

A subsidiary of Gatehouse Media has filed a letter with Florida's Department of Economic Opportunity announcing plans to shut down its press at The Daytona Beach News-Journal, according to WJCT, public broadcasting of Jacksonville.

CA Florida Holdings filed the notice, WJCT reported

The letter says as many as 79 News-Journal employees will be affected in the shuttering.

“The reason for this restructuring is print consolidation due to industry challenges,” the letter said.

The job cuts may happen or start in June or July, the letter said.

(Published May 13, 2019)San Antonio Express-News building for sale

The San Antonio Express-News building has been put up for sale, the paper reported.

Publisher Susan Pape said that the company may sell the building, at 301 Avenue E., site of the paper for almost nine decades.

No asking price is set for the eight-story, art deco-style property, an attached printing plant and other space, the Hearst-owned paper says.  The property has around 172,000 square feet on 2.1 acres

“The purpose of this is to explore the development opportunities for this property,” Pape said. “It is in no way related to a change in our structure, our commitment to the community or the products that we are going to produce.”

The structure’s top four floors are empty. Some 300 people work in the building, the paper said.

(Published April 1, 2019) Arizona Republic to print Tucson paper

The Arizona Republic will take over the printing of Tucson’s Arizona Daily Star in an agreement with Republic owner Gannett, The Republic reported. The printing will happen at a Republicplant located in Phoenix beginning May 21. The papers will travel by truck down to Tucson.

Around 60 jobs in Tucson will be lost in the change, The Republic reported.

“The decision to move our printing and packaging work to Phoenix was not arrived at lightly,” John D’Orlando, the Star’s publisher, told the paper. “But having a press that has been in regular need of repair and upgrade was a constant strain on our resources.”

Some of the workers who lose jobs might go to The Republic or other operations that Lee Enterprises or Gannett own, the Star said. Lee owns the Star, and Lee and Gannett have a joint operating agreement on the Star.

(Published April 8, 2019) Western Communications selling papers

Western Communications is selling its newspapers, The Union Democrat (Sonora, California) reports. The company, based in Bend, Oregon, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year.

Western Communications also owns the Del Norte Triplicate (Crescent City, California), the Bend Bulletin, Redmond Spokesman, Baker City Herald, The Observer and the Curry Coastal Pilot (all in Oregon).

The headquarters facility in Bend is for sale, along with all property Western Communications owns, The Union Democrat reported. 

Merger and acquisition firm Dirks, Van Essen, Murray and April has been brought on to market the facilities.

The Chandler family, which owns Western Communications, wants to keep The Bend Bulletin and weekly The Redmond Spokesman, and are looking for investors, John Costa, president of Western Communications, said, the Union Democrat reported.

Western Communications sold The Union Democrat’s former printing plant in March for around $1 million. 

Since the January bankruptcy filing, the company has laid off 33 people and cut the work week for 13 more, the paper said.

(Published March 25, 2019) Tallahassee Democrat moving printing

The Tallahassee Democrat is shutting its production facilities and will move its printing and packaging to the Panama City News Herald, the Democrat reported. The shutdown is happening in May.

Some 46 workers at the Gannett-owned plant will be affected by the change. Some could be looked at for open positions at the Panama paper, the Democrat says.

The first Tallahassee Democrat will come from the Panama City press May 20, the paper reported. The News Herald runs a 2005 Goss press. The Democrat’s press is a 1968 model, the paper said.

“While Gannett has made a logical business decision, it is still painful because of the production employees in Tallahassee who have been best in class,” said Democrat Publisher Skip Foster.

(Published March 4, 2019)Dallas Morning News reducing printing services

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.

A. H. Belo is the parent company of The Dallas Morning News.

Published Feb. 25, 2019) Tribune Media’s North Branch site for sale

Tribune Media is looking to sell a large piece of land on the Chicago River, Crain’s Chicago Business reported.

The 30 acres on the North Branch of the river, where the Chicago Tribune's Freedom Center printing plant is located, had been presented to Amazon when the retail giant was looking in 2017 for a spot to build a second headquarters.

Tribune Media had gotten zoning approval in 2018 for a 8.5 million-square-foot project called River District at the North Branch site, Crain’s reported. Tribune Media could opt to keep the site and perhaps work with developers on it, Crain’s says.

A flyer on the site referenced an opportunity to draw from the Freedom Center as Tribune Publishing has a lease going until 2023 for the 828,000-square-foot printing plant, Crain’s said. There Tribune Publishing prints the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and other publications. The lease includes two options to extend the lease for 10 years each, Tribune Publishing executives have said, according to Crain’s.

Texas-based broadcast company Nexstar is currently buying Tribune Media.

 (Published Feb. 11, 2019)Southern Tier Hemp buys former Gannett printing plant

Southern Tier Hemp announced Feb. 5 that it’s buying a former Gannett printing plant in Johnson City, New York. The 100,000-square-foot facility will become the headquarters for Southern Tier Hemp as the company develops, manufactures and sells hemp cannabidiol (CBD) products worldwide, according to the company.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Southern Tier Hemp's headquarters will be the largest hemp processing facility in New York State, according to the company.

The company will hire more than 100 workers at its new location during the next three years, according to a release on the facility. Its processing facility will produce a range of CBD products including superfoods, body care creams, supplements and lotions. The company was awarded a $650,000 grant from New York State for hemp development, which will be used towards the construction of the processing center, the company says.

The facility formerly printed the Press & Sun-Bulletin, the Elmira Star-Gazette and The Ithaca Journal.