Damaged ‘Richmond Times-Dispatch’ Press on the Way Out

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By: E&P Staff

For the last two months, East Coast Resources Group has been dismantling the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch press that was heavily damaged in a three-alarm fire three years ago at the Media General flagship’s plant in Hanover County.

East Coast resources has been stripping recyclable materials from the press, and Media General’s north region operations vice president, Sam Hightower, told the paper in a Sept. 25 report that what remains of the press should be gone in November.

The plant has been left with two operating Mitsubishi doublewide offset presses to print the Times-Dispatch, Mechanicsville Local, The Goochland Gazette, Midlothian Exchange, The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, The News & Messenger in Northern Virginia, and other publications.

The company said it will not replace the damaged press, removal of which, Hightower explained, has taken a back seat to work on the two functioning presses to protect them against long-term rust and corrosion from the fire’s soot.

The Times-Dispatch reported that six months after the fire, Media General reached a $48 million insurance settlement covering damage, business interruption and some cleanup costs.

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