The printing operation currently prints most of CherryRoad Media’s Kansas publications, as well as numerous other newspapers in central and western Kansas.
The transaction is expected to close Friday.
Hutchinson News is not included in the sale and will remain a Gannett property. The paper will also continue to be printed at the Hutchinson facility.
All current employees of the Hutchinson plant have been offered continuing employment.
This marks the first acquisition of a printing operation for CherryRoad Media, which entered the newspaper industry in late 2020 with the purchase of the weekly Cook County (Minnesota) News-Herald. It has since grown to publish over 80 newspapers in 17 states, including more than 60 titles purchased from Gannett.
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CEO Jeremy Gulban said the company wants to blend new technologies with traditional printed publications to help ensure the future of local newspapers.
“We are very excited to be to be acquiring the Hutchinson printing operation,” Gulban said. “For almost two years, we have worked with the talented team in Hutchinson to print our newspapers. Now, we welcome them to our organization. I wish to thank the leadership at Gannett for working with us to create a stable printing solution for newspapers in Kansas and Colorado. This is a good thing for the future availability of printed newspapers in the region.”
“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with CherryRoad Media,” Doug Horne, Gannett chief financial officer, said. “This transaction ensures we continue our mission of providing essential, trusted journalism to the community and that our experienced team at the Hutchinson facility will continue their good work, bringing local news to our audiences.”