Bos­ton Globe buys new $20.3M print plant

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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.

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The new fa­cil­ity lo­cated at 300 Con­sti­tu­tion Dr., in Taun­ton, Mass., is ex­pected to be in live pro­duc­tion by 2017.

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