Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Spokesman Review to relocate printing operations to Spokane Valley

Soon the Spokesman Review will no longer be printed in Downtown Spokane, like it has been for so many years. The Spokesman's owner Cowles Co. recently announced that all printing will be shifted to a new facility in the 19000 block of E. Euclid, close to the Spokane Business & Industrial Park. The move will likely happen around the end of the year with all 70+ employees keeping their jobs.

The new Spokane Valley Spokesman Review facility will also house a newly purchased smaller, more versatile printing press. The hope is that they can expand their outside printing contracts as the new press is able to print more efficiently and at times in smaller batches.

A key part of the Spokesman's move is freeing up the prime Downtown spaces for new uses. Currently the Spokesman Review is printed a huge 168,000 square foot building on Monroe St, just steps away from some of Spokane's best shops and dining. They say the building could be easily converted into breweries, restaurants or retail. Although there are no plans set just yet as the facility will still be printing the newspaper throughout much of 2019.