In another sign of changing times, The Bryan Times will soon mark the end of an era. It was announced on Tuesday, that the press room and mail room at The Bryan Times will soon be shutting down, and all printing operations will be transferred to Fort Wayne, Ind.
According to the paper itself, the coming changes involve not only the Bryan Times, but all other publications put out by the The Bryan Publishing Company. They include The Bryan Times, the Northwest Signal in Napoleon, The Countyline, Northwest Realty and The Leader Enterprise. The change will take effect on February 2nd.
According to the Bryan Times, their press is old… having been first installed back in 1968, and although it has been updated since then, it is not capable of many of the options required by a daily newspaper in the 21st century.
The change will not come without loss. Loss of jobs that is. The paper said Tuesday, that a total of seven full-time jobs, and 11 part-time jobs will be eliminated. The change, while officially being termed a move toward more demand for color printing, is also a cost cutting move according to the paper.
Times Publisher Christopher Cullis was quoted in the Times, as saying he hopes the people who are let go and will be seeking jobs, will be able to find jobs.
According to Cullis, after the move, The Times will sell its press and inserting machine, and will make an effort to lease the approximately 10,000 square feet currently occupied by the press and mail room operations.