New Mexico’s two largest newspaper companies have announced a partnership that allows the two companies to print their publications from a single location.
Beginning on Oct. 12, the Albuquerque Journal and The Santa Fe New Mexican will print their newspapers at The New Mexican’s production facility.
Robin Martin, president of The New Mexican, and William P. Lang, president of the Journal, said printing both newspapers at a single facility is much more efficient, according to a joint news release from the two companies.
“We have been discussing this possibility for many years and are proud of this arrangement because it strengthens both family newspapers’ ability to continue to report and print the important news of New Mexico,” Lang said.
As part of the consolidation, Lang said up to 70 employees in the Journal’s printing operation will be laid off. Layoff packages will include a severance with health care benefits. The New Mexican is expected to offer some positions to Journal workers who qualify.
“We have been in this plant for 38 years and it has served us well, but as an aging plant it has become more and more expensive to operate,” Lang said.
This change will not affect the size or content of either newspaper, and subscribers and advertisers should not be impacted. The two newsrooms will remain separate and independent, and both Lang and Martin will remain in their current roles.
The Journal’s sister newspapers – the Rio Rancho Observer, El Defensor Chieftain and Valencia County News-Bulletin – also will be printed at the Santa Fe plant.
Consolidation of newspaper printing facilities is nothing new, particularly among large chains that include multiple publications. However, the New Mexico partnership is unique in that two family-run news organizations are forming a partnership, according to the release.
Martin said her father, Robert McKinney, formed a friendship with Lang’s father, C.T. Lang.
“That was rare in the days when most newspapers were family-owned and neighboring publications were often fierce rivals,” Martin said. “I am sure our two fathers would be happy that their children are working together to keep their publications family-owned and dedicated to their communities.”