Oregonian to shutter printing plant
The (Portland) Oregonian said it will shutter its downtown printing plant and that the Advance Publications Inc. paper has inked a printing deal with Portland-based Signature Graphics.
Signature Graphics will print the paper, as well as the Oregon Media Group’s weekly papers and specialty publications.
“This makes smart business sense,” said Steve Moss, president of Oregonian Media Group. “It allows us to focus our investments on our digital future while relying on a strong local company to print our newspapers.”
The Willamette Week reported that between 100 and 200 people could lose their jobs as a result of the plant’s closure.
“Today’s announcement will result in operational efficiencies and it will result in only minor changes in our workflow — most of which readers won’t even notice,” said Kevin Denny, vice president and general manager of Advance Central Services Oregon. “Sadly, it does mean we will be saying goodbye to our longtime pressroom employees.”
The work will fall upon Signature Graphics, which reached terms with Advance Central Services Oregon—the company that prints and distributes the paper. Signature Graphics will also print the Oregonian Media Group’s weekly newspapers and specialty publications. Though The Oregonian article did not mention how employees would be impacted by the action, Willamette Week quoted sources as estimating the impacted head count to be upwards of 200.
Advance Central Services Oregon has hired a broker to help the company sell its existing pressroom facility, which is larger than a city block. Advance moved the newsroom staff in March 2014 and sold the paper’s downtown offices. The Oregonian converted from a compact to a broadsheet the following month.
News-Journal lays off a dozen more staffers
More layoffs were handed down last week at The Daytona Beach (Fla.) News-Journal.
Twelve positions were eliminated on Monday, according to one of the former employees. Among them, four copy editors, one graphic artist, one assistant night metro editor, four journeyman press operators, two retail sales managers and the employee said.
GateHouse Media acquired The News-Journal through its November 2014 purchase of Halifax Media. Since then, there have also been a number of layoffs at other former Halifax titles, including the Ocala Star-Banner, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and The Lakeland Ledger.
The News-Journal’s former parent, Halifax, was created in 2010 with the purchase of that paper from the Davidson family. In January 2012, Halifax acquired The New York Times Co.’s Regional Media Group in a $150 million deal that gave it ownership of 16 additional papers in Florida, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Louisiana. GateHouse parent New Media Investment Group paid $280 million for the Halifax papers