Albany Seeks Expansion Approval

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By: E&P Staff

The Albany, N.Y., Times Union has requested approval to add 66,000 square feet to its production plant in order to install a new press.

The Hearst newspaper’s managers are slated to meet with the town of Colonie’s planning board next week to discuss the proposed addition, according to a report in the paper on Wednesday.

If plans to be submitted early next year are approved, the Times Union could have a new press in operation by late 2007 or early 2008, General Manager Robert Wilson told the paper, declining to put a price on the project. Wilson said Hearst corporate approval may come in December.

Business writer Kevin Harlin reported that municipal review can take more than 12 months, with another year required for construction and installation. Space made available after the paper’s old letterpress is dismantled would be devoted to storage and other functions.

Harlin quoted Wilson saying that the Times Union is “now the largest newspaper in the country that prints only on a letterpress, and the process just doesn’t give you good color.”

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