Newspaper Publisher Shutting Down Print Shop
PORTLAND, Ore.—The publisher of The Oregonian has decided to shut down its printing facility and contract the work to a local print provider, the newspaper itself reported, ending a century-long operation. The move could leave as many as 200 workers without jobs, according to Willamette Week.
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.
The Oregonian is owned by Advance Publications, the New York media giant controlled by the Newhouse family. Advance Central Services Oregon is a subsidiary of Advance Publications.