Chronicle trims printing contract

The Chronicle plans to cut back on its printing and has renegotiated its deal with the company that prints the newspaper. In July 2009, the Chronicle shut down its presses and outsourced printing to Transcontinental, a Canadian company, which built a highly automated plant in Fremont under a 15-year, $1 billion contract. Transcontinental will continue to publish the Chronicle, but will only do about two-thirds of the printing that the contract originally demanded, saving the Hearst-owned paper an estimated $30

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Commercial printers move close to Merc

A is the Chron’s printer, Transcon. B is the Merc. C is the future plant of Southwest Offset. When the Chronicle decided to shut down its presses and outsource the work of printing the paper every night to an outside company, it hired a Canadian printer, Transcontinental. Transcon decided to build its $200 million, 350,000-square-foot plant to print the San Francisco paper at 47540 Kato Road in Fremont (“A” on the map). The plant is 41 miles from the Chronicle’s

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Printing 3-D ad was no big deal

There’s apparently nothing different a printer has to do when it comes to printing a 3-D ad. At least that’s what the printer of the Chronicle reports after running a 3-D ad for Verizon on Friday. “There was no problem. We just printed the files as supplied,” Kathy Hunter, general manager at Transcontinental Northern California, told News & Tech. The only extra work required was inserting the glasses required to view the ad, Hunter said. News & Tech says the

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New presses to print Chron starting tonight

Tonight is the big night for the Chronicle — the first edition to be printed by a contractor in a state-of-the-art pressroom in Fremont. Here’s a link to the story. We hear that the contractor, Transcontinental, has been running test editions all week — and not just a few papers to prove that the presses work, but an entire press run of 354,752 papers. The Chronicle has a 15-year contract with Transcon to print the paper. The value of the

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New Chronicle printer has a Plan B

Transcontinental, the Canadian company that’s building a $200 million plant in Fremont to print the Chronicle, is prepared in case Hearst shuts down the paper. Transcon issued a press release yesterday that states, “The contract signed with Hearst Corporation provides for indemnification should the San Francisco Chronicle cease publication or be sold.” In 2006, when the Chronicle signed that contract, it was said to be a 15-year deal worth $1 billion.

What’s next for the Chronicle?

With Hearst’s decision to put its Seattle Post-Intelligencer up for sale (a first step toward shutting it down), all eyes are turning to the money-losing San Francisco Chronicle. As former Chron city editor Alan Mutter put it: Given that Hearst Corp. has plowed more than $1 billion into the San Francisco Chronicle without seeing a dime of profit, it’s a fair bet that something is bound to change at my hometown newspaper. The only questions are: What? And when? Jim

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Plans to outsource Chron printing on track

Despite the recession and a downturn in the newspaper industry, the company that plans to take over the printing of the Chronicle is moving forward with opening a new $200 million plant in Fremont. Montreal-based Transcontinental on Friday reported a loss of $94 million for the quarter ended Oct. 31, compared to a profit of $38 million in the same period a year earlier. One reason it gave for the loss was the shutdown of some of its junk-mail operations

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New Chron printer moves ahead with plant

The Canadian company that will take over the printing of the Chronicle next year is moving ahead with construction of its new plant in Fremont, and the union currently representing the paper’s printers wants to get its foot in the door at the new plant. “It depends how much pressure we can put, to have them hire our folks and get them to unionize,” Chuck Davis, business agent for Teamsters Local 853, told Brad Kava, writing for the SF Weekly.

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Hearst bets $60 million on print’s future

Will the printed word die anytime soon? Hearst Corp. is betting it won’t. The owner of the Chronicle (as well as lots of money-making magazines and TV stations) is plunking down $60 million to buy a new press for its Albany, N.Y., Times Union newspaper. Why does that matter to anyone in the Bay Area? The Chronicle, which lost about $1 million a week from 2000 to 2006, has signed a contract with Canadian printer Transcontinental to take over its

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