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October 19, 2020

Hartford Courant to move printing to Mass.

hartford courant credit union HBJ Photo | Joe Cooper The Hartford Courant’s former headquarters at 285 Broad St.

The Hartford Courant newspaper announced today it would shut down its Hartford printing operation and "outsource" its printing to the Springfield Republican in Massachusetts. 

A total of 151 employees will be laid off at the Hartford printing plant at 285 Broad St. when the move is completed by the end of the year. 

"While this was a difficult decision, it is not a reflection in any way on the loyalty and commitment to excellence of the people whose employment will be affected," the Courant said in a statement.

The newspaper blamed the move on drops in print revenue made worse by the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The Courant is taking this step to help offset declines and to continue focusing resources on digital growth,” the statement read.

“The Courant remains committed to its mission of telling the stories of the people of Connecticut,” said Andrew Julien, the paper's publisher and editor-in-chief. “We are not in any way changing the mission of the paper.” 

The Courant, the nation’s oldest continuously published newspaper, began printing in Hartford as a weekly in 1764. 

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