McClatchy’s Macon-Columbus Print Pact Ending

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By: E&P Staff

The McClatchy Co.’s Columbus Ledger-Enquirer will end printing of its sister paper in Georgia, the Macon Telegraph, effective Oct. 25, causing the loss of 20 production and packaging jobs.

The Telegraph, which had been printed in Columbus since early 2009, will move to the presses of Gannett Offset in Atlanta.

Regretting the loss of jobs, Ledger-Enquirer Publisher Valerie Canepa is quoted saying, “we’ve printed two daily papers at a plant built for one. It was a tight fit, and deadlines were a constant challenge for both papers. Macon’s departure will allow the Ledger-Enquirer to resume our previous deadlines and get newspapers on the street much earlier.”

Besides the two dailies, Canepa said her plant has been printing more than 20 commercial products and had a full press schedule that made printing special ad or editorial sections for either paper very difficult. Gannett Offset, she added, “will allow Macon to grow as the economy recovers.”

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