A $50 million dollar Gannett newspaper printing operation in Broome County that opened in 2006 will close this spring.

The Gannett Central New York Production Facility in Johnson City. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

The owner of the Press & Sun-Bulletin informed workers at the Central New York Production Facility in Johnson City of the plan Thursday.

According to pressconnects.com, the move will affect about 98 employees involved in printing and packaging operations at the plant on Gannett Drive, just south of CFJ Boulevard.

Starting in mid-June, the Binghamton newspaper, along with Gannett's Elmira and Ithaca dailies, are to be printed at the Rochester facility that now produces the Democrat and Chronicle.

Gannett is expected to continue distribution operations at the Johnson City site. Local Gannett managers could not be reached Friday to provide more details on what will happen to the building.

Village mayor Greg Deemie said he "just found out" about the plan to shut down printing operations Friday morning. He expressed disappointment but said he wasn't particularly surprised given the consolidation moves that are occurring in most industries.

The printing plant started churning out newspapers and other periodicals in June 2006. The project benefits from New York state's brownfield cleanup program.

From the Binghamton Now archives, a video tour of the printing facility during an open house held shortly after the site opened.

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