15 January 2016
Transcontinental to print Toronto Star after newspaper closes plant
TORONTO—Transcontinental Inc., has announced that it will print the Toronto Star for the next five years, in an agreement that will take effect in July 2016. The Star will be printed at Transcontinental’s Vaughan facility.

"This is a very positive development for TC Transcontinental Printing," Brian Reid, president of TC Transcontinental Printing and TC Transcontinental Packaging, said. "This agreement further demonstrates the ongoing interest in our ability to help publishers across Canada become more efficient. This contract will also enable TC Transcontinental Printing to further optimize its capacity utilization at Transcontinental Vaughan."

This deal stems from the closure of The Star’s own Vaughan-based printing plant. Torstar, the newspaper’s publisher, will look into selling the plant and its 43 acres of land. Almost half is subject to a hydro easement and a 675,000 sq. ft. printing facility.

The decision will result in the loss of 220 full-time jobs and 65 part-time jobs. Torstar is in discussion with unions representing the affected employees to develop a transition plan. Costs associated with the decision is in the range of approximately $22 million—annualized operating savings are expected to be in the range of approximately $10 million, once printing has been transitioned to Transcontinental.

“This is an important step for the Toronto Star, but unfortunately it also means we will be saying goodbye to our long-time Vaughan printing plant employees,” John Cruickshank, publisher of the Toronto Star and president of Star Media Group, said. “This move will allow us to focus our efforts increasingly on creating great content and engaging audiences across many platforms while at the same time reducing costs and improving the production quality of the newspaper. Transcontinental Printing has newer, more modern presses and this decision will result in our very loyal print readers and subscribers receiving a high-quality print product with enhanced reproduction.”

PrintCAN visited The Star’s press centre in 2012, when the Toronto Club of Printing hosted a tour. At the time it ran six Manroland web presses capable of printing 55,000 newspaper copies per hour and employed 400 staff rotating in two shifts of up to 10 hours each.

Transcontinental currently prints the Globe and Mail, the Montreal Gazette and the Vancouver Sun, as well as the San Francisco Chronicle in the U.S. under contract.

Comments:
5. Started In A Trade Shop says:
25 January 2016 at 5:58 PM
Print has definitely changed over the years but it is not dead. Let's remember that print in packaging is very much alive. How would you know if the cereal your buying is Raisin Bran or Frosted Flakes. Without print Cosmetic products and hair colour products would come in a plain white package with a hand written question mark on it . You couldn't even drink a sentimental toast to honour the death of print if you didn't know which wine you are drinking because there are no more printed labels to go on the bottles.
4. Ace Of Bass says:
22 January 2016 at 12:45 PM
This hardly means print is dead. Competition is alive. The people who make news learned that they can produce it elsewhere for less. Smart move for the owner - bad luck for the guy running the press in that plant. Nothing is forever - embrace this reality. Print in the future will like very different than it does now. Does this mean print is dead? I can tell you who is definitely dead - Gutenberg.
3. Started In A Trade Shop says:
22 January 2016 at 12:06 PM
Not many are left, unless the print shop is located in a Municipal, Provincial or Federal facility and operates internally under the blanket of Public Service Employees Union.
2. Print Geezer says:
20 January 2016 at 2:01 PM
How about now? Is Print Dead now? Whattabout next year? Is Print Dead next year? Fagetaboutit! Print is sooo over. Terrible news about the news.
1. Pre-press Guy says:
20 January 2016 at 11:31 AM
What union shops are left?
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