The Olympian now 171 employees, according to the report. A source at The Olympian tells me it looks like advertising and the newsroom will stay in Olympia for now, but it wouldn't be a surprise if eventually most advertising was handled out of Tacoma. No employees at The Olympian are thrilled about commuting to Tacoma -- the commute from Olympia to Tacoma can be an hour each way. Also some employees have purchased homes south of Olympia, meaning their commute could be well over an hour.
The McClatchy Co. announced Friday that The Olympian will be printed at The News Tribune in Tacoma starting in early November.
The change was announced by Olympian President and Publisher John Winn Miller in an e-mail sent to staff members.
Eight jobs will be affected, Miller said. Three employees could be transferred to Tacoma, and the company hopes to avoid layoffs by seeking volunteers for severance packages.
"The move has both operational and financial advantages," Miller said.
"By printing in Tacoma, it would be possible to deliver The Olympian earlier in most areas and the newspaper could avoid future capital expenses. The News Tribune has more than enough press capacity to print both newspapers."
McClatchy's flagship paper, The Sacramento Bee, prints The Modesto Bee, and McClatchy papers in Bellingham and Boise also will be printed at different locations starting next year.
The Olympian will continue to print USA Today.
McClatchy has been seeking greater efficiency the past year because of an industrywide downturn in print advertising.
Eight positions is just the tip of the iceberg... when those 8 pressmen are gone, so will prepress and the majority of distribution (other that what's necessary to get the USA Today out).
Olympian/News Tribune update -- McClatchy's plans to regionalize are moving forward... more layoffs coming later this year?
Prediction: McClatchy will regionalize newspapers