Boston Globe buys new $20.3M print plant
The Boston Globe completed the purchase of a new printing facility in Taunton, Mass. for $20.3 million. The 328,000square-foot facility will print The Globe, The New York Times, the Boston Herald and other newspapers produced by The Globe.
“Now that the sale process for the Taunton facility is complete, our team is focusing on the next phase: finalizing the buildout plan for this facility,” Chief Operating Officer Sean Keohan told News & Tech.
That includes making final determinations about production technology and the internal layout and design for The Globe’s printing operations, he said.
Presses at the new facility should be up and running by 2017, and will be able to print higherquality products while using more color, according to The Globe.
The new facility is located at 300 Constitution Dr. in the Miles Standish Industrial Park. The production facility will comprise some 282,000 square feet of the new location, and will house printing, inserting and distribution operations. Related office space will occupy the remaining 46,000 square feet.
“The new plant will increase the capacity and speed of production while providing more efficiency and flexibility — enabling The Globe to deliver a broader array of high-quality print materials at a very low cost,” Keohan said.
The Globe’s existing print facility on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester, which it has occupied since 1958, will be put up for sale. A separate new location is being selected for newsroom, sales and related operations, and those functions are expected to be relocated within 24-36 months.
“This modernization of core infrastructure represents a sizable investment but positions The Globe strongly for the future, ” Keohan said. “It is an exciting time.” Look for more on the new facility in an upcoming July/Augustissue of 2015 N&T.
The new facility located at 300 Constitution Dr., in Taunton, Mass., is expected to be in live production by 2017.