‘KC Star’ Cuts More Jobs, Considers Plant Sales/Lease-back

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By: E&P Staff

The Kansas City Star reports today that in a third round of recent cost cutting it will eliminate the jobs of approximately 50 staffers across all departments.

The report quotes Publisher Mark Zieman saying in a memo to employees that “extraordinary steps” had been taken “to keep The Star safe during this harsh economic downturn, and to buffer this great newspaper against future financial pressures.”

Zieman said The Star’s downtown circulation complex would be put on the market, with employees there relocated to the paper’s headquarters early next year.

He also said the paper was looking into the possibility of selling, then leasing back the huge $200 million printing plant it began using a little over two years ago. The Star would retain ownership of the equipment, including its four presses, configured as 36 towers in two parallel lines.

The Star’s 24 voluntary employee buyouts early in the year were followed at mid-year by the loss of 120 jobs and in September by another 65 through buyouts and layoffs, according to the paper’s count, with other positions eliminated through attrition.

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