‘Washington Post’ College Park Plant to Close Sooner Than Planned

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By: Jim Rosenberg

The Washington Post Co. announced internally that in order to cut costs it will shutter its 10-year-old College Park, Md., printing plant sooner than originally anticipated.

?It was, in fact, announced,? said the assistant to the plant?s manager.

?There was no formal announcement,? the company?s public relations manager said after checking. ?What you know is what we know,? he said, adding that no date for closing the plant has been determined.

Early this year the company said it would close the plant in mid-2010 and relocate two of the four presses there to its Springfield, Va., plant. Since then, the company has seen continuing operating losses from its newspapers and may not relocate the two College Park presses.

Diamondback Online, the University of Maryland daily’s Web site, reports today that the plant is “the city’s largest taxpayer and an employer of some 250 people.” But the $272,000 in city taxes the Post Co. pays is within the $300,000 margin of error written into the city’s budget, and “very few of the plant’s employees are College Park residents,” the report adds.

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