Star-Telegram announces agreement to have papers printed at Morning News plant

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The Star-Telegram announced an agreement Wednesday to have its paper printed at The Dallas Morning News’ production facility in Plano, which also prints regional editions of USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Publisher Gary Wortel said the long-term agreement includes printing the Star-Telegram as well as the company’s community niche publications. Packaging and trucking functions will be handled from that printing plant as well.

“This agreement allows us to effectively consolidate production needs and realize long-term cost savings without impacting our readers,” Wortel said. “ The Morning News has ample capacity to meet our needs and has earned a first-class reputation as a quality printer for its customers. We will continue to focus our efforts and resources on core strategies to produce quality journalism and to offer customized print and digital solutions to our advertisers.”

Joint printing agreements are becoming more common in the newspaper industry, especially in metro markets that have two large newspapers. Earlier this year, newspapers in Boston and Chicago announced similar printing partnerships.

The Star-Telegram and The Morning News have a history of partnerships, including a joint distribution agreement and a Texas newspaper alliance for sharing some newspaper content. According to Wortel, one added convenience for Sunday subscribers is that they will begin receiving their advertising circulars in a sealed plastic bag.

More than 75 full-time and 200 part-time employees in the Star-Telegram production operation will lose their job when the transition occurs in early 2014. Employees affected by the transition will be eligible for severance pay and benefits.

The Star-Telegram’s printing facility, in Edgecliff Village near the intersection of I-35 and I-20 south of Fort Worth, will be put up for sale.

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