Owner: Booth Newspapers, which is owned by Advance Publications
Effective: Mid-February 2010
Advertising production will be outsourced to a Pennsylvania company. An outbound call center for the The Grand Rapids Press, Muskegon Chronicle and Kalamazoo Gazette will be consolidated in Kalamazoo, and copy editing, design and printing for the three papers will be consolidated in Grand Rapids. A Gazette employee reports more than 70 people will be laid off at the packing department alone; layoffs are expected to affect other departments too.
Sources: The Grand Rapids Press and WWMT
Update: A source confirms that more than 100 employees will be laid off, but a more precise number still is not available. (01.09.10)
Source: Paper Cuts tip