‘Concord Monitor’ to build new printing press in Penacook

Monitor staff
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Newspapers of New England, the parent company of the Concord Monitor, announced Tuesday that it is installing a new press in Penacook that will print the Monitor as well as the Valley News, the Monitor’s sister publication in West Lebanon.

The new offset press will be part of a joint production and distribution facility at the former Rivco manufacturing site on Merrimack Street in Penacook. It is expected to open in about six months.

In addition to the Monitor and Valley News, the new 42,000-square-foot facility will continue to print the Newspapers of New England-owned Monadnock Ledger-Transcript of Peterborough, as well serving the company’s growing commercial printing business.

All Valley News press and distribution staff have been offered jobs at the new facility. The long-term investment and expansion of the New Hampshire press operations will give the Valley News, Concord Monitor and Monadnock Ledger-Transcript more color capacity, and the best color reproduction available in the newspaper market. The press, which is being installed by Siebold Co. of Coral Springs, Fla., uses single-wide Urbanite units that are being fitted with advanced image, inking, registration and newsprint handling capabilities. The single-wide press, which can print two different newspapers at once, makes it possible to print any width publication, something not possible with the company’s current presses.

A statement issued by the company Tuesday said, “We are a family media company with a 130-year commitment to fair-minded, community news. While many readers look for a rapid, regularly updated digital news presentation, many others still want a print version. Advertisers want to reach all members of our community, both digital readers and print. These changes are intended to balance the diversity of needs with our rising costs, and are also intended to help us be more efficient, produce new revenue, and save money on back-end functions. Our mission is to invest in our primary duty – providing trustworthy news to the communities we serve. We’re here to help businesses, families and communities thrive.”

The company also announced plans to move its advertising design operation to a third party. The move will affect two Monitor employees, and the company will work to find new roles for them. The move will give advertisers and advertising sales staff access to the latest technology, from advanced print and digital graphics to enhanced analytics and faster turnaround times.