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Dallas Morning News cuts back on printing and staff at Plano facility

Dallas Morning News cuts back on printing and staff at Plano facility

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Soon to be a relic. Photo by Jon S

A. H. Belo Corporation, the parent company of The Dallas Morning News, is taking a big step back from the world of print.

According to a release, the company will no longer provide print services to small business clients. In addition, The News is cutting down on the number of local and national commercial print customers it serves, from the previous tally of more than 30 down to five.

The changes will result in 92 total roles being eliminated, including 57 existing staff. The printing operation is located at the facility on Plano Parkway in Plano.

The remaining commercial print customers are all big newspapers: The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and Denton-Record Chronicle.

The Dallas Morning News has been printing the Fort Worth Star Telegram since 2014, when it shut down its printing operation at its south plant.

Grant Moise, The Dallas Morning News' president and publisher, says in a statement that the move will save the company $2 million.

"Last year, we conducted an in-depth analysis of our commercial printing business and found that as commercial print volumes continue to decline, so has our profitability," Moise says.

"We have provided our existing clients with notice of this change and most have already transitioned to new printing partners," he says. "This strategic decision to streamline operations will allow The News to focus on its core business and increase operating income by over $2 million in 2019."