Citing local economic conditions and the age of its printing press, The Daily World announced today that the newspaper is outsourcing its printing functions to the Chronicle Printing Division in Centralia.
“Effective Aug. 1, The Daily World, South Beach Bulletin, East County News, North Coast News, Vidette and all special sections and tabs will be printed and inserted at the Chronicle Printing Division located in Centralia,” Daily World Publisher Bill Crawford said today.
The announcement was made to the newspaper’s employees on Tuesday.
The change will mean the layoff of seven employees in the printing and distribution part of the operation.
“I regret losing honest, hard-working folks who I have come to know,” said Crawford. “We will greatly miss the professional and hard-working attitude these employees have demonstrated. They will be provided with severance packages to assist them in their transferring to new employment.”
The newspaper’s press is more than 40 years old and near the end of its useful life, Crawford said.
The Chronicle installed the first portion of its printing facility in 1998 and added on in 2004, said Jeff Andersen, general manager of Chronicle Printing, a division of Lafromboise Communications Inc.
“While we at Chronicle Printing are not happy to see any employees at The Daily World lose their jobs, we are grateful for their show of confidence in our ability to produce their daily newspaper and weekly products,” said Andersen.
The Chronicle printing plant uses a DGM single-width “community style” press. Because of advanced systems on the press, Daily World readers should notice more vivid color, sharper images and clearer and cleaner text, Andersen said.
The press will also offer the possibility for color ads and images on more pages, compared to the limitations of color placement on The Daily World’s press.
The Chronicle Printing Division prints all of the Lafromboise Communications, Inc. publications and the following:
• The Chronicle, a three-day-a-week newspaper located in Centralia.
• The Battle Ground Reflector, a weekly newspaper located in Battle Ground.
• The Nisqually Valley News, a weekly newspaper located in Yelm.
• Southwest Washington Family is published monthly and is located in Centralia.
Crawford states, “We believe forming this relationship with The Chronicle will assist us in streamlining our operation and continue to guarantee high quality products into the future for our advertisers and our readers. ”
One aspect of the change will be the adjustment of editorial deadlines for the printed newspaper, moving things up about an hour for reporters, photographers and page designers. “Newspeople are greedy about their deadlines. We would much rather have that extra hour, but we will adjust and use every minute,” said Doug Barker, the editor. “And we will make even better use of our website, Facebook and Twitter for stories that develop after our morning print deadline and throughout the day.”