Media General Consolidates Virginia Dailies’ Printing

By: E&P Staff

The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va., today moved its printing and packaging to the Richmond Times-Dispatch plant in Hanover County, causing the elimination of 25 positions.

Full-time employees will be offered severance packages and will be eligible for possible rehiring at vacant company positions.

Both are Media General newspapers. Located about an hour northwest of the group’s larger flagship daily, the 28,697-circulation Daily Progress reports that delivery times will not be affected, and that its editorial, advertising and business offices remain in Charlottesville.

Daily Progress reporter McGregor McCance quotes Publisher Lawrence McConnell saying the move will give advertisers “more options for use of color” owing to Richmond’s newer, bigger presses. All other advertising options now offered, such as Post-It Notes and printed delivery bags, will be continued, he added.

“This is a difficult business decision we made after weighing the extensive capital investment required to continue the printing operations here,” said McConnell. Investment to repair, refurbish and rewire those 25-year-old presses would come to millions of dollars, the paper reported.

At the same time, The News Virginian, Media General’s 6,968-circulation daily published in Waynesboro but printed in Charlottesville since 2004 will be printed at The News & Advance, Media General’s 39,489-circulation daily in Lynchburg.

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