Mar 4, 2021 - Business

The Tampa Bay Times to shut down its printing press after 60 years

Photo: Brian James

After 60 years, the Tampa Bay Times presses in St. Petersburg will go cold and print their last papers on Saturday night.

Why it matters: About 150 people will lose their jobs.

  • Whoever buys the building will decide whether to demolish or repurpose it.

Don’t worry: The Times will still have a physical newspaper — just printed out of a Gannett press in Lakeland.

What they're saying: Amy Hollyfield, the Times' senior deputy news editor, told Axios that in her 24 years at the paper she's seen the plant as a place of refuge.

  • During Hurricane Irma in 2017, reporters brought their laptops to the plant and slept there, working around the clock through the storm.
"It's a fabric of the community and it's a piece of us. ... For those of us who have worked here for a while and walked those floors and smelled that ink, and been feeling the pride of the workers who were dedicated to our company because they worked for our company — it's just going to be different."

Worthy of your time ... Check out two features from the Times' Claire McNeil: One about the plant’s last days and another focused on its longtime workers.

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