Tornado-trashed Ontario Printer Rebuilds

By: E&P Staff Destroyed by a tornado that struck Durham, Ontario, on Aug. 20, Torstar subsidiary Metroland Media Group's Thuro-Web is being rebuilt and is expected to reopen in six to eight weeks.

Metroland presses in Toronto and Barrie are printing the Mount Forest (Ontario) Confederate and 27 other weekly newspapers in Metroland's Southwestern Ontario Division. Thuro-Web also prints Metroland's large-print telephone books, tourist guides, advertising circulars and other specialty products.

The Durham plant employs three dozen or more people during peak periods. Seven "were inside when the tornado tore the roof off the building and blew out several walls" writes Editor Lynne Turner in today's Confederate. None was injured, most having taken shelter under the heavy equipment. She quotes Southwestern Ontario Division General Manager Doug Rowe saying, "All of the staff who wished have been placed [at other Metroland plants], but we will have them back here working as soon as the construction is done."

The tornado damaged an older press but left a multimillion-dollar press being installed unharmed. Turner reported that the plant is being rebuilt around tarp-covered equipment on the existing concrete pad.


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