Ames, Iowa, ‘Tribune’ Closing Pressroom, Mailroom

By: E&P Staff

The Tribune, Ames, Iowa, will transfer its printing to Times-Citizen Communications Inc. in Iowa Falls beginning Aug. 1.

Publisher John Goossen told Tribune staff of the change last week, a few days before readers were informed. The outsourced printing will end the paper’s 18 pressroom and mailroom jobs, but Goossen said that in addition to severance, Tribune workers had begun interviewing at Times-Citizen Communications for new jobs in Iowa Falls.

The Tribune quoted Goosse saying, “Because of the Times-Citizen’s state-of-the-art equipment, our readers and advertisers will see better quality printing in the Tribune, and we will be able to do it more efficiently.”

The Tribune‘s press is a 45-year-old Goss Urbanite. Times-Citizen Communications prints on a 3-year-old Web Press Corp. press in its 20,250-square-foot plant.

Besides the Tribune, the Times-Citizen will print the Nevada, Boone and Dallas county newspapers,as well as special sections, shoppers and commercial jobs.

Tribune copies will be driven to the paper’s downtown Ames location for distribution. The Tribune is part of Iowa Newspapers Inc., a subsidiary of the Omaha World-Herald Co.

Owned by Mark and Laura Hamilton, of Ames, and Jo Martin, of Iowa Falls (the Tribune noted that Mark’s sister is Ames’ mayor), Times-Citizen Communications employs 85 people and operates two newspapers, two shoppers, five websites, two radio stations and a press-release distribution system. It also prints the Iowa State Daily and Farm Bureau publications in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia, Texas and California.

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