The decision to shut down the operation follows the closure of other Journal plants in Colorado, Iowa, Texas, Florida and Illinois, where printing was shifted to the plants of other newspapers. Salt Lake City's Newspaper Agency Corp., Albuquerque Publishing Co. and Hawaii?s Maui News also print for Dow Jones.
In addition to approximately 135,000 copies of the Journal, the Riverside plant also prints Dow Jones' Barron's weekly. In early 2007, the plant?s pressrun was cut when the Maui News began printing about 6,000 copies. And last year, printing of some 34,000 Journal copies was transferred to the Arizona Daily Star's plant in Tucson. Soon after, however, the Riverside plant began printing up to 5,000 copies of the New York Post for distribution in Southern California and Las Vegas.
A report late last week in The Press-Enterprise in Riverside suggested that the Los Angeles Times is likely to take over printing the Journal. Neither a Dow Jones spokeswoman nor a Los Angeles Times executive would comment on the report. Dow Jones owns the plant and land.
No one at the New York Post could be reached immediately to say what remote-printing arrangements it may have made. West Coast copies had been printed by the San Bernardino County Sun before the work was moved to Riverside. Dow Jones and the New York Post are both owned by News Corp.
By: Jim Rosenberg Dow Jones' Riverside, Calif., plant, which has printed The Wall Street Journal for West Coast distribution since the 1960s, will close later this month.