Sarasota Herald-Tribune shifting printing, closing plant

Employee report
| Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Herald-Tribune and its parent company Gannett plan to shut down the local newspaper’s printing facility on May 2, the company said on Thursday.

The deal is the result of further consolidation in the newspaper industry looking for more efficient ways to develop their product without affecting customers.

The production of the 95-year-old Herald-Tribune and three other publications printed at their facility on the corner of University Parkway and US 301 – Bradenton Herald, Fort Myers News-Press, and Naples Daily News – will be relocated to Gannett Florida’s treasure at Coastal Plant the east coast of the state.

A total of 95 people are affected by the move, 42 full-time employees and 53 part-time employees. They are helped to find other opportunities within the company and they are also supported in finding other jobs in the community.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision for the company and we deeply appreciate the important contributions our employees have made through many years of service to the Herald-Tribune,” said Matthew Sauer, general manager and executive editor of the media company. ‚ÄúThese fine women and men held their posts during the COVID pandemic and helped prepare our newspaper for our valued customers.

“This production step will not affect delivery or the great journalism of the Herald-Tribune, which continues to be delivered both through our print product and 24/7 on,” said Sauer.

The final edition of the Herald-Tribune is expected to be printed at the plant in early May, when the move to the Treasure Coast plant is scheduled to be completed.

Print consolidations have been carried out across the industry and in many newspapers by Gannett, which also owns the USA TODAY Network, which has more than 260 newsrooms.

Closing the print shop will bring savings while the company continues to focus on local journalism, Gannett representatives said. The company, the largest newspaper chain in the country after a $ 1.1 billion merger with New Media Investment Group in 2019, has tried to cut costs as it adapts to the digital age and seeks to pay off debt.