Billy Towler, who has worked for Virginia newspapers for more than 20 years, has been appointed production manager for BH Media Group’s Hanover printing plant.
Towler has a rich background in newspaper production management, from prepress and press operations to packaging and delivery functions.
He joined BH Media Group as production director at the Roanoke Times in November 2014. In Roanoke, Towler was responsible for pressroom, packaging and facilities for the daily paper. He also oversaw the successful transition of the printing of the daily Martinsville Bulletin and the tri-weekly Franklin News-Post to Roanoke after BH Media purchased those newspapers this summer.
Towler began his career as an electronics technician at the Daily Press in Newport News. He rose through the operational ranks over his 19-year career there to the position of advertising operations manager. Towler managed the prepress department, pressroom and mailroom. He also played a vital role in the planning and transition of the Daily Press printing to BHMG’s Hanover plant in 2012.
As production manager in Hanover, Towler will be responsible for the printing of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Richmond Suburban newspapers, the Daily Press, the Virginia Gazette and Investor’s Business Daily.
“We are very fortunate, and happy, to have Billy assume a leadership role at our Hanover plant,” said Sam Hightower, VP Operations North Region for BHMG. “I’ve worked with Billy during the Newport News transition and know what a professional he is and look forward to working closely with him again.”
Towler, 48, is married and has two children. The Newport News native graduated from Strayer University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.
About the Richmond Times-Dispatch
The Richmond Times-Dispatch is Central Virginia’s leading source of news, advertising, commentary and community conversations. The RTD is part of the BH Media’s Richmond Group, which also includes The Mechanicsville Local, the Hanover Local, The Goochland Gazette, Powhatan Today, Chesterfield RTD, Henrico RTD, Cumberland Today and The King William Local. Online, access the RTD on Richmond.com. The Richmond Times-Dispatch and BH Media Group are owned by Berkshire Hathaway Co.