CHICAGO TRIBUNE EXPANDS ITS FREEDOM CENTER

By: Staff Reports

Printing, Distribution Facility Gets $100 Million Upgrade





The Chicago Tribune yesterday announced that a major expansion plan is underway for Freedom Center, the Tribune’s printing and distribution facility,



The newspaper will invest more than $100 million in the two-phase project. The first phase will add another 120,000 square feet to the Freedom Center’s existing 700,000 square feet in order to increase capacity for product customization, packaging, storage, and transportation logistics.


The project’s second phase will build a new 115,000 square foot structure opposite Freedom Center, north of Chicago Ave. This building will be used for packaging the Tribune’s Sunday copies, replacing the smaller, leased facility on Chicago’s West side.


The project was started earlier this year and is scheduled for completion in 2002. This would be the first physical expansion of Freedom Center, which defined the state of the art in newspaper production when it opened in 1982.





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