Earlier this week Gannett announced that the Democrat and Chronicle’s long-time printing facility located in a Rochester suburb would close.
The implications of that decision will have far-reaching impacts, according to leaders of local newspapers.
The Greece facility, which was relocated there from the D&C’s downtown location in 1997, has served as a printing hub for many newspapers in the region.
For Gannett affiliated papers, including the D&C and Canandaigua Messenger, it means printing will take place out-of-state. For papers like the Finger Lakes Times and Times of Wayne County it means finding another location entirely to print.
Reps for both told television stations in Rochester that the organizations would find a way forward – while maintaining current costs.
For Gannett jobs in the Rochester-area it means approximately 200 fewer positions thanks to closure of the Greece printing facility. The company told media outlets in Rochester that the decision came as the business turned ‘increasingly digital’ and ‘subscription-focused’. “We are making strategic decisions to ensure the future of local journalism and continue outstanding service to the community,” the spokesperson added in a statement to RochesterFirst.com.
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