By: E&P Staff
After printing in Hackensack, N.J., for more than a century, The Record reported today that parent company North Jersey Media Group Inc., which also publishes the Herald News, and 43 weeklies, will consolidate printing operations at its remote plant in Rockaway.
Editorial, advertising, circulation, and other corporate operations will remain in the group’s Hackensack headquarters.
Printing on the Bergen County pressroom’s 24-year-old TKS presses will end later this year when a new Wifag evolution 371 press (E&P Online, July 2, 2004) joins Mitsubishi doublewide and MAN Roland singlewide presses already used at the newer Morris County plant. Among many publications printed at that Rockaway facility are USA Today, Financial Times, and The Jersey Journal. The Rockaway plant also has modern mailroom equipment and said it will install more, according to a report by Martha McKay.
The story quotes North Jersey Media President Jon Markey calling the consolidation “the right thing for us to do,” and that although the old presses could run another 20 years, “it would cost us money.”
The move will result in full-time production jobs rising from 249 to 268, a voluntary termination program (with possible layoffs among part-timers), and fewer temporary employees.