New Chron printer talking to other papers

Transcontinental, the Canadian company that plans to build a $200 million plant in Fremont to print the Chronicle, says it is talking to other daily newspapers about their printing their papers too. Transcon didn’t identify those other dailies in its third-quarter earnings report but MediaNews is a likely customer. Transcon said its planning for the plant is on schedule, the presses have already been ordered and construction will start this fall. The 338,000-square-foot plant, to be located on Kato Road,

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Chronicle to be printed in Fremont

G.W. Schutz of the Bay Guardian tells us (see his comments under “Chronicle urged to go paperless”) that Transcontinental, the Canadian company which has a contract to print the Chron starting in 2009, intends to build a 338,000-square-foot plant on Kato Road in Fremont. Schulz says his information is from a Chron source. Chron Publisher Frank Vega announced last November that the paper planned to outsource its printing to Transcon under a 15-year contract worth $1 billion. Transcon would take

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New presses ordered for Chronicle

Montreal-based Transcontinental Printing has ordered three presses that it will use to print the Chronicle starting on May 1, 2009. As the Press Club reported in November, the Chronicle plans to get out of the printing business when its current contract with Teamster pressmen expires and turn the work over to Transcontinental, which will build a plant in the Bay Area. Graphic Arts Monthly reports that Transcontinental is investing $200 million in its new plant here and will install three

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MediaNews might also outsource printing

The Chronicle might not be the only Bay Area daily to shut down its presses and outsource printing to an outside company. The trade publication Newspapers & Technology says it has been told by sources that MediaNews could be a likely customer of the plant Transcontinental Inc. will build to print the Chronicle. As the PPC reported Nov. 17, the Chronicle signed a contract to have Transcon, Canada’s largest printing company, print the newspaper beginning in 2009, a move that

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Chronicle to outsource printing

Chron Publisher Frank Vega (pictured) announced today that his paper is getting out of the printing business and has signed a 15-year contract with a Canadian company to print the Chronicle at a new plant in the Bay Area in 2009. Transcontinental Inc., the seventh largest printer in North America and the largest in Canada, will build and own the presses. The story didn’t say how this switch will affect the Chron’s 237 unionized printers, who have been negotiating for

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