Ashland Print Plant Closing, Affecting 28 Jobs

The Ashland Daily Press will be printed in Eau Claire starting Oct. 16. The change will affect 28 jobs in Ashland. The Ashland Daily Press will be printed in Eau Claire starting Oct. 16. The change will affect 28 jobs in Ashland. | 

September 25, 2017 04:23 PM

The plant that prints the Ashland Daily Press and other regional weekly newspapers is closing, affecting 28 positions in Ashland.

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The newspaper's parent company, Adams Publishing Group, announced last week that the Ashland plant will close on Oct. 16. The Ashland Daily Press and other weekly papers will instead be printed in Eau Claire, where APG owns the Leader-Telegram.

David LaPorte, the general manager and publisher of the Ashland Daily Press, said a majority of the 28 positions affected are part-time. Affected employees have been offered the opportunity to transfer to other positions in the company.

LaPorte said other aspects of the newspaper, including news reporting, will continue in Ashland, and the newspaper will continue to publish five days per week.

Ashland Mayor Debra Lewis expressed concern for the affected workers and the future of the newspaper in a statement posted on Facebook. She said the workers will be eligible for re-training assistance or on-the-job training subsidies.

"I am also deeply concerned about the implications of this move to the future viability of the Ashland Daily Press. The Daily Press has enjoyed an illustrious history in Ashland since its founding by Mr. Chapple and remains a vital source of information and an essential community service that is depended upon by thousands of people in our region," Lewis wrote.

The newspaper's website says it has been in publication since 1872. The paper dropped its Tuesday print edition several years ago, but continues to offer an e-edition on that day.


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