The Sun News plans to print the daily newspaper at another site in a move aimed at improving print quality while trimming costs and avoiding long-term capital investment, the publisher said Tuesday.
"It will provide better quality and allow us to keep our deadlines consistent so we can maintain our commitment to news coverage and delivery schedules," said Pamela J. Browning, president and publisher of The Sun News.
The move, which is expected to take effect in April, will directly affect 58 employees. Once details are finalized for moving the printing and production operations, some of those positions may be restored, Browning said.
A letter of intent has been signed with another firm, but the name of the company won't be released until the contract has been signed, Browning said.
The decision is one that has been made by newspapers nationwide. The McClatchy Co., which owns The Sun News, has announced similar decisions at some of its other newspapers including the Modesto (Calif.) Bee, Bradenton (Fla.) Herald and (Boise) Idaho Statesman. The Washington Times and Boston Herald also recently announced plans to print offsite.
By contracting with another firm to handle printing and production, the news companies avoid making major investment upgrades to keep presses and other production equipment up to date, Browning said.
"The long-term strategy is to avoid a big capital outlay," she said.
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