Printing operation to return to High Point
The hum of a newspaper press will be heard again in High Point.
The High Point Enterprise, which acquired the Thomasville Times in 1958, will bring home printing operations, this time with a new printing press housed in a facility on Woodbine Street, off of Market Center Drive in High Point.
The site also will house the editorial staff of the Times, the Archdale-Trinity News and the Enterprise.
Publisher Rick Bean announced to the staff Friday the purchase of a brand-new 20-unit press and the new home for local operations.
Previously owned by Adams Wood Turning, the new location allows space for the press, inserting equipment, warehousing and office space for journalists, advertising representatives, circulation and accounting staff.
In addition to bringing home production for The Enterprise, Times and NEWS, daily newspapers from four other North Carolina communities will be produced in High Point.
The present Enterprise building, at 210 Church Ave. in downtown High Point, remains for sale.
Staff will move into the Woodbine building sometime in late spring and begin printing there in mid summer.
With the downsizing and consolidation that has been the norm for most businesses in the past five years, including newspapers, this is welcome news.
“This investment represents our confidence in the future of print media,” Bean said. “This also shows our continued commitment to local news and to this community.”
The new press affords more flexibility and precision and reduces waste, which allows savings in production.
“The Enterprise staff is excited to move to a new location. It's a fresh start for us,” Bean said. “We have a sign up in our building that reads, ‘First, be a great newspaper.’ This investment will help toward that end. We're happy and proud to be part of this great community."