Trib Total Media lays off 153 staffers

Trib Total Media consolidated Pennsylvania papers, the Tribune-Review in Greensburg, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and the Valley News Dispatch into one paper. As a result, TTM’s Greensburg printing operation will be closed and there will be a reduced home delivery footprint in Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties. Some 153 people will be laid off as a result of the merger.

 The restructure was announced in late August as the company offered buyouts to 425 employees. Of those eligible for buyouts, 68 accepted the offer.

The news comes on the heels of Trib Total Media selling eight of its 77 Western Pennsylvania publications to West Penn LLC.

If The Valley Independent in Monessen and The Daily news in McKeesport aren’t sold within the next two months, an additional 91 layoffs will be required and the operations will close in January, said the company.

“For the past several months our Board of Directors has been engaged in a strategic review of our company in order to best position us for the future and to meet the changing needs of our readers, subscribers, advertisers, partners and employees,” said Jennifer Bertetto, president and CEO of Trib Total Media. “The digital landscape has dramatically altered how consumers get their news and it is critical that we evolve as a company to deliver the news where, when, and how our readers would like to receive it.”

Loudoun Times-Mirror acquires weekly newspapers

The Loudoun Times-Mirror (Virginia), a weekly newspaper based in Leesburg, acquired the assets of the weekly newspapers Leesburg Today and Ashburn Today and, as reported on the website. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Leesburg Today was founded in 1988 by publisher Brett Phillips and a group of local investors. In 2006, Dallas-based American Community Newspapers purchased the company, then sold it in 2012 to Texas-based HPR-Hemlock LLC, which operates locally as Northern Virginia Media Services

Dirks, Van Essen & Murray represented HPR in the sale.

“We’ve received a warm welcome from the people of Leesburg and Loudoun County and our employees from the time of our purchase in 2012, and we have appreciated the kindness,” said Bruce Potter, chief operating officer of Northern Virginia Media Services. “Our goal has been to provide a quality newspaper to local residents and also to provide good jobs to talented people. Selling Leesburg Today to the Times-Mirror seemed to us to be the best for the future of the news business and for the community.”

Northern Virginia Media Services owns and will continue to operate its other properties in the region, which include six other weekly newspapers: the Arlington Sun Gazette; the Sun Gazette serving the Great Falls, McLean, Oakton, Tysons and Vienna areas of Fairfax County; Prince William Today; the Stafford County Sun; the Belvoir Eagle; and the Quantico Sentry. The company also publishes the monthly newspaper Middleburg Life; Washington FAMILY Magazine; and a regional news web site,

Mittera Group’s Purchase of Pioneer Graphics

Mittera Group, a multiplatform communications company based here, has announced that it will acquire the business of Pioneer Graphics, a longtime Waterloo commercial printer. This is the company’s ninth acquisition since 2007.

The Pioneer Graphics business will be combined with Mittera Group’s Colorfx facility in Waverly. Colorfx, which also operates facilities in Urbandale and Boyden, is Iowa’s largest commercial printer.

Pioneer Communications will continue to operate its publishing business in Des Moines under the direction of Polly Clark, publisher.

Jon Troen, Mittera Group president, and Jim Slife, Pioneer Graphics CEO, do not anticipate any significant job losses due to the consolidation, and the majority of employees will transition into the Colorfx-Waverly facility.

“Pioneer has an excellent reputation for quality printing and services delivered by an outstanding team of employees,” Troen said. “We will continue to offer Pioneer Graphics customers the exceptional service they have come to expect from their team, as well as additional creative and printing services available through the Mittera Group network of companies.”

Pioneer Graphics is well known for producing a variety of commercial printing projects, as well as The Iowan and many other magazines, books and programs.

Slife, who will remain with the business going forward, stated his decision to sell is in the best interest of its employees and customers. “It is important to us that our printing business remain in the Cedar Valley, and that our employees have future growth opportunities. It’s also important that the combined companies will have expanded capabilities and be able to provide additional services to our customers,” he said.

Troen said Pioneer Graphics customers should expect to work with the same employees who handled their printing needs prior to the consolidation with all services staying on schedule.