LEWISTON – Monday night was the last shift for the printing press operated by Sun Media Group, as the group has now consolidated its printing and distribution business at a plant in South Portland.
Newsroom, Advertising, Broadcasting and Customer Service employees will continue to work in the 104 Park Street building, and the Sun Journal remains committed to serving local clients and producing local journalism. .
A printing press has operated in downtown Sun Journal for 125 years, printing thousands of publications, including the Lewiston Evening Sun, the Lewiston Daily Sun and, most recently, the Sun Journal and the newspaper group’s six weekly publications circulating in Oxford and Franklin counties. The current press, a Goss Urbanite, is between 40 and 45 years old and was last updated two years ago.
The Lewiston Press also printed Bangor Daily News, The Times Record, The Courier, and a variety of commercial jobs, including the Northwoods Sporting Journal. All of this work moved to a Masthead Maine printing house in South Portland which has newer printing presses and also prints the Sun Media Group’s Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel and Forecaster newspapers.
The Lewiston press area will become a distribution depot for Sun Journal carriers with batches delivered from South Portland, and it will also serve as a drop-off point for Sun Media Group’s West Maine weeklies.
Over the past year, as part of an emerging industry trend towards consolidating news operations, the Philadelphia Inquirer, News & Observer in Raleigh, NC, San Antonio Express-News, Tampa Bay Times, Courier Journal in Louisville, Ky., Hartford Courant, The Virginian-Pilot and others have closed printing plants and moved work to other factories, according to News and Technology, a news and publishing industry website.
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