TWIN FALLS — Beginning in March, Idaho’s largest newspaper will be printed in Twin Falls.
Times-News Publisher Travis Quast announced Friday that the Twin Falls newspaper would print the Idaho Statesman, beginning with its March 5 edition. The Times-News secured a three-year contract with the Statesman, which currently prints in Nampa through the Idaho Press-Tribune.
The shift means significant capital investment at the Times-News, more efficient processes and additional jobs and revenue in Twin Falls.
“In today’s climate, there’s kind of this regionalization of printing,” Quast said. “I think the opportunity to pick up printing the Idaho Statesman allows us to expand our operations. The expansion is good for our community because it’s more jobs and provides us additional equipment and resources to better our product as well.”
He estimates the Times-News will hire eight full-time employees and eight part-time employees in the press and packaging departments.
The Twin Falls press prints about 20,000 copies per day of the Times-News and the Elko Daily Free Press.
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The Idaho Statesman will add another 30,000 copies daily and 40,000 copies on Sunday, essentially doubling production. The Times-News also prints smaller publications such as the Wells Progress, the North Side Journal and the Buhl Herald.
The press in Twin Falls has the capacity to print 32 pages at one time, with 20 pages in color, at a speed of 36,000 copies per hour, Quast said.
“We’re really anticipating we’ll be printing from about 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. most days,” he said.
The press is about 50 years old but still in “tip-top shape.”
Print customers in Twin Falls should not see any effects to their delivery times. An upgraded inserter and other equipment, meanwhile, will increase the newspaper’s production efficiency.