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Starting in January The Sentinel-News and several other newspapers will be printed outside of Shelby County.
Officials of Landmark Community Newspapers LLC announced Tuesday the closing of Landmark Web Press on Taylorsville Road as part of a restructuring of the company’s printing facilities in Kentucky. The other newspapers printed in Shelbyville now will be processed at plants in Shepherdsville, Elizabethtown and Cynthiana.
The closing does not affect news, advertising and circulation of The Sentinel-News, all of which will continue to be handled at 703 Taylorsville Road. Sentinel-NewsPublisher Kerry Johnson said readers and customers should notice no change whatsoever in their delivery times or deadlines. The effective date is Jan. 11.
LCNI officials cited the combination of aging, unreliable equipment, press availability at the other facilities and the opportunity to expand color in the newspaper as factors that led to the decision. It is not uncommon to have groups of daily and non-daily newspapers print at regional facilities.
They declined to say how many employees would receive severance packages. Three were offered positions in Shepherdsville, where The Sentinel-Newswill be printed. Employees learned of the closing during a meeting Tuesday evening.
“We want to give our readers and customers the best products we can, fortunately we can offer better quality, more color capacity and more volume from our other facilities” Johnson said in a release announcing the closing.
“We are sorry that some folks will not be able to move to the other facilities. They are wonderful people to work with and have worked hard for us for many years.”