Employees at the Evansville Courier & Press were told Wednesday that printing operations will cease at the East Walnut Street facility on March 26.
All printing-related work for the Courier & Press, The Gleaner in Henderson and the weekly Advocate in Union County, Kentucky, will move to Louisville, home of The Courier-Journal.
The newspapers are all part of a Midwest region in Gannett, which owns the properties.
Finished papers will be trucked back to Evansville for distribution.
The decision does not affect the news, sales or circulation staffs.
Printing operations that share a building with advertising and the newsroom in Henderson also are not affected.
Audubon Printers recently installed an additional press for commercial work.
“Our business continues to undergo transformation, and consolidating our printing operations across the region makes strategic business sense,” said Patricia Miller, president of Gannett Indiana. “This move will allow us to reinvest to better serve the Evansville and Henderson communities.
“The Courier & Press and its predecessors have served Evansville for more than 170 years. We remain committed to the depth of newsgathering that can only be done locally, in Evansville and Henderson, and to the strong relationships we have with advertisers in this community.
“We look forward to continuing our deep commitment to public service, to delivering sophisticated marketing solutions to our business partners and helping our communities thrive and grow.”
Up to 48 production employees – 37 full-time, 11 part-time — could lose jobs, effective March 31. They are being offered severance packages as well as the opportunity to apply for positions in Louisville and other facilities operated by Gannett.
In Evansville, advertising, circulation and newsroom employees will continue to work out of their near-downtown office at 300 E. Walnut. Sales, newsroom and circulation staffing will remain the same.
“This kind of news is never easy to share,” said Courier & Press editor Tim Ethridge. “Moving forward, we’ll continue to produce both our print publications and our digital offerings with the largest and most experienced news and advertising teams in the Tri-State.”
The Louisville printing operations will provide expanded color and press capacities for the Evansville and Henderson products.
The first papers from the new plant will be delivered on March 27.