By: Joe Strupp
The New York Times will add its 23rd printing location with a new agreement to have The Salt Lake Tribune in Utah print the paper’s national edition, according to a release. Company officials said the Salt Lake City site is the first of three printing locations that will be added during the next 12 months.
?This new agreement with The Salt Lake Tribune underscores our commitment to provide The Times?s high-quality journalism to more readers in more markets throughout North America,? Scott Heekin-Canedy, president and general manager of The New York Times, said in a statement.
The Times has made no secret of the fact that its non-New York area circulation has helped ease a recent circulation drop in the past year. Spokeswoman Catherine Mathis said that newspaper sales outside of the New York designated market comprise 53% of the paper’s total circulation.
The Times saw a slight circulation dip during the last FAS-FAX report from the Audit Bureau of Circulations, which measured circulation for the six months ending March 31, 2006. In that report, the paper revealed an average daily circulation of 1,120,420, down from 1,142,464 during the same period a year earlier.
Mathis would not estimate the paper’s circulation figures for the next FAS-FAX report, which will measure the six-month period ending Sept. 30 and is set to be released in October. She also declined to say how many more readers the additional Salt Lake circulation would bring.
Brent Low, publisher of The Salt Lake Tribune, welcomed the Times business.
?Using the latest technology, we recently completed the construction and installation of a world class printing and packaging facility in Salt Lake City,? Low said in a statement. ?Combining this with our people, who are among the best in the industry, we are confident that we can provide The New York Times and its readers with a quality experience. We look forward to working with companies such as The New York Times and anticipate a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”
The Times is currently printed at 22 locations in North America. Those are: Chicago, Ill.; Gardenia, Calif.; Deerfield Beach, Fla.; Austin, Tex.; Seattle, Wash.; Canton, Ohio; Concord, Calif.; Atlanta, Ga.; Springfield, Va.; Billerica, Mass.; Lakeland, Fla.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Denver, Colo.; Princeton, Minn.; Gastonia, N.C.; Dayton, Ohio; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Columbia, Mo.; Toronto, Ontario; and Houston, Tex.
The New York edition is printed in Queens, N.Y. and Edison, N.J.