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Express and Star to cease printing in Wolverhampton

The country’s largest selling evening newspaper is to cease printing at its current city centre location after 122 years.

The Express and Star has announced it is to move its printing operation from Wolverhampton, where it has been based since 1889, to Telford.

It is understood that the move, which will take place next month, will result in 11 job losses in the press room along with three electrician positions.

Parent company the Midland News Association has stressed that the remainder of the Express and Star’s operations, including the editorial and advertising departments, will remain in the city.

In a statement, the company said the E&S will move to newly refurbished, full-colour printing presses at Ketley in Telford where sister title the Shropshire Star is printed.

The statement acknowledged that the move would lead to “a number of redundancies” but did not put a figure on this.

MNA managing director Alan Harris said: “This has been a very difficult decision to make but the continued challenging economic climate has made it crucial for us to take measures to secure the long term success of the business.”

He added that the move to printing at Telford would mean greatly improved efficiency within the company, as well as enhanced colour availability within the Express and Star.

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  • September 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm
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    That’ll be fewer editions for the old SS, then

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  • September 20, 2011 at 1:52 pm
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    I suppose there’s no point in asking for the first pay rise in several years then . . .

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  • September 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm
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    . . . although if some of the directors’ company cars weren’t so important it might give the impression that ‘we’re all in it together’. Some chance . . .

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  • September 23, 2011 at 10:58 am
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    It’s got as much chance of success as printing a Bristol paper in Plymouth.

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  • September 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm
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    I started in Wolvo then moved to West Brom, Now there will be No printing at either place. End of an era!!

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  • October 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm
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    what have the graham’s done to our paper..when will they learn that they have to print a paper that people other than the local OAP’S will want to read..when i started they printed 75’000 +”city finals” a day and the week i left it was down to 35.000..”west brom will never close” it did,”wolverhampton will never close” it has…alan and dougie wake up and smell the coffee before you destroy what bit you have left..hear the people who are brave (or stupid) enuff to stand up to you dont just get rid of them…

    r.i.p express and star it was a blast

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