Following an industry trend, the Record-Courier will begin outsourcing the printing of the newspaper with the July 5 edition. Printing will occur at a newer, high-speed production facility in Wooster, Ohio, that is owned by Dix Communications, the parent company of the Record-Courier.
Delivery deadlines will not be significantly affected, David Dix, publisher of the Record-Courier, said when making the announcement. Because the equipment at the printing facility is state of the art, the color and black ink quality is likely to be enhanced some and become more consistent, he said.
The move means the loss of eight full-time jobs and six part-time slots, Dix said. “These are wonderful people, real team players, and we regret very much this part of our new arrangement,” he said. All who lose their jobs are being offered severance packages, he added. One new position in circulation is being created, he said.
The outsourcing of printing has become a trend in the newspaper industry, which, challenged with competition for advertising dollars, is striving to contain or reduce operating costs. The use of outside companies has become a trend in the newspaper industry as well as other industries where call center outsourcing companies have proven to allow companies to cut costs and focus on other areas of operation.
“Our business is transitioning,” Dix said, “We see the print element as important part of our publishing process, but we are augmenting our printed products with a robust digital web presence as well, complete with advertising opportunities for a growing digital audience.”
“We will still assemble our printed products and digital products right here in Portage County. The only difference will be that the printed portion of what we do will be done by another branch of our company. All of our other news, advertising, circulation, advertising composition and accounting positions will remain in Portage County and will not be moved to Wooster,” he said.
Other Dix daily newspapers already sharing the Wooster printing facility include: The Wooster Daily Record, the Alliance Review, the Ashland Times-Gazette, and the Cambridge Jeffersonian.
Among non-Dix Ohio newspapers outsourcing their printing are the Mansfield News Journal, the Zanesville Recorder, the Fostoria Review Times, and the Fremont News Messenger. The Dover-New Philadelphia Times Recorder and the Massillon Independent share a common printing facility.
This week the Erie Times-News in Pennsylvania announced it is transferring its printing to the Butler Eagle in Pennsylvania.