Blade raises possibility of outsourcing production


The Blade’s Superior Street building. Toledo Free Press file photo.

Citing the expense of replacing aging printing presses and production equipment, The Toledo Blade has proposed moving to an outside vendor for newspaper production when its current labor contract ends May 31.

During a May 7 meeting with the Joint Council of Newspaper Unions, Blade management explained that its printing presses and related production equipment are “at the end of their useful lives and approaching obsolescence” and that replacing the operating equipment would cost millions of dollars, according to an email sent to Blade employees by Bill Nolan, director of human resources and labor relations.

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