by SEAN KIMMONS and BRAD ROLLINS
For the first time since at least 1872, the county doesn’t have a newspaper printed in the county seat.
The San Marcos Daily Record, which publishes five editions a week, this month shuttered its printing press operation and outsourced the work to Cox Enterprises’ Austin American-Statesman. Founded in 1912, the Record began printing in-house in 1917 and continued for 92 years until April 3.
“We made a business decision that we could print more effectively if we outsourced,” Daily Record Publisher Stan Woody said.
An undetermined number of employees were laid off as part of the move, including the paper’s four pressmen and nearly all of its circulation department. Woody did not respond to an inquiry on how many employees were let go.
Besides its broadsheet newspaper, the Record previously did print jobs for nine commercial clients.
“We’re just going to be a vendor to them,” said Michael Vivio, the Austin American-Statesman publisher, who said that his presses currently print 25 other publications. “We hope to provide the best quality possible for the readers of the San Marcos paper.”
San Marcos has a colorful history of competing newspapers and at least one has been printed continuously in the city since at least 1872, when the San Marcos Free Press began operations.
The Record began printing daily, more or less, in 1971. In the early 2000s, the Record was bought out by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of the Retirement Systems of Alabama, which owns 90 daily and 200 non-daily newspapers in 22 states, according to the company’s website.
The Daily Record’s press will be dismantled and used for parts in CNHI presses.Email | Print