Asheville: Print moves to Greenville; 60 jobs lost

Asheville Citizen-Times Publisher Randy Hammer says there had been talk of combining production at the North Carolina paper with its sister Gannett paper, The Greenville News, 63 miles south, in South Carolina. “The economic downturn we’re seeing across the nation has pushed us to make this move sooner rather than later,” Hammer said, according to a story on the paper’s website.

Although 60 jobs will be eliminated in Asheville, some of the employees laid off could transfer to new jobs being added at Greenville to handle the extra work, the paper says. But any press job cuts will be on top of those eliminated at Asheville in the 10% workforce reduction now underway; those additional layoffs will be announced early next month, Hammer’s memo says.

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