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Horvitz to expand printing facility

BELLEVUE _ Horvitz Newspapers Inc., owner of the Valley

Record, the Eastside Journal, the South County Journal and several other papers

in King County, announced recently that it would be expanding its

newspaper production facility at the South County Journal in Kent.

The move means that the Bellevue-based Horvitz

Newspapers will be able to print all of its King County newspapers in one

location. The company is planning a 42,000-square-foot addition to its Kent

building and renovating 22,000 square feet of existing office and

warehouse space. Currently, newspapers are printed at plants in both Kent

and Bellevue.

Horvitz Newspapers will also be buying a state-of-the-art

printing press, which will increase efficiency and provide advertisers and

readers with improved color reproduction, along with and ability to print

more full-color pages in each edition. The new press would also expand

the company's capability to provide commercial printing services to

customers.

"The Eastside and south King County deserve outstanding

community newspapers, and these expansion plans represent our latest

commitment to provide our readers and advertisers with the highest quality and best

customer service possible," said Peter Horvitz, president of Horvitz

Newspaper and publisher of the Eastside Journal.

"We've worked very hard over many years to improve our

newspapers and make them more successful businesses, and this planned

consolidation is another step in the right direction."

In all, the cost of the building expansion and the printing press is

expected to be more than $18 million. The project will be completed in

three phases over three years. The first phase includes the installation of the

press and expanding the newspaper packaging center, which could be

operational by March 2002.

The consolidation of production facilities may result in the closing

of the Eastside Journal's printing and packaging plant, located on a

1.6-acre site next to the paper's main office in Bellevue. The future of the

building and property has not been determined.

Many of the production employees at the Eastside Journal would

have the opportunity to be relocated to the South County Journal. An overall

reduction in production staff is expected when the new facility is fully

operational. Meetings about the project are under way with the Graphic

Communications Union, representing pressroom employees at the Eastside

Journal and the South County Journal, and with the Pacific Northwest

Newspaper Guild, which represents some production and circulation workers at

the Eastside Journal.

Horvitz Newspapers is a family-owned company based in

Bellevue that owns four daily newspapers: the Eastside Journal, the South

County Journal, the Peninsula Daily News in Port Angeles and the Daily Times

in Maryville, Tenn. It also owns several weekly papers in King County,

including the Valley Record, the Mercer Island Reporter, the Northshore

Citizen, the Renton Reporter, the Kent Reporter and the Auburn Reporter.

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