Bee Publishing Company’s Printing Going Off-Site

The Bee Publishing Organization is shifting into a new era subsequent month relating to the print editions of its newspapers. In addition to a alter of management for its editorial office, as of July 1, all printing is transferring from the company’s printing plant on Commerce Road to Trumbull Printing in Trumbull.

For 140 several years, Bee Publishing has proudly taken care of its very own printing. Right until this month, The Newtown Bee, Antiques and The Arts Weekly and The Bee Additional ended up all printed in home, by users of Bee Publishing Company’s personnel. Particular tasks, which include the yearly Tutorial To Newtown, had been managed by Trumbull Printing. That firm has also stepped up in occasions of weather conditions emergencies or when mechanical complications prevented Bee Publishing from or else printing on time.

A want to modernize the newspaper’s print course of action in a charge-productive method led Bee Publishing to this new action.

Established in 1959, the award-winning business printer in Trumbull is a subsidiary of Hersam Acorn Newspapers. Bee Publishing ompany has extra than 65 several years of functioning with Trumbull Printing, according to Bee Publishing’s Output Director/Circulation Supervisor Scott Baggett.

“We’ve known as on them for areas, and swapped plates in the center of the night in emergencies,” he said. “And they are suitable down the street. You cannot get a great deal better than that.”

The whole collaboration with Trumbull Printing will start with the July 2, 2021, print editions of the three aforementioned publications.

Transferring forward, all goods will be printed in Trumbull and then sent immediately to the nearby enterprises that promote the paper.

Bee Publishing’s newspapers will also be shipped right away to Newtown’s USPS location and mailed from the Commerce Street article office, consequently nonetheless getting the Newtown postmark.

The timing of the newspapers will not modify, letting The Newtown Bee to nonetheless be printed on Thursdays, mailed that afternoon, and shipped to subscribers.

Demanding Changes

Baggett claims a number of alterations in the newspaper business led to the choice to have Trumbull just take in excess of printing for Bee Publishing.

“First and foremost, decreasing readership and promoting has created it challenging to maintain our very own printing press and the developing,” he mentioned this 7 days. Though the company’s business building is at 5 Church Hill Street, its printing facility is on Commerce Highway.

“Being a spouse and children-owned, independent newspaper, we do not have the purchasing electric power other providers do,” he additional.

Newsprint is no for a longer time “the norm,” he claimed. “It’s a specialty grade now, and if just one firm raises its rates on the paper, all of them do. It is outpacing what we can increase on charges for advertisers and subscribers.”

The pandemic also put new pressures on the longstanding Church Hill Street organization.

“I know a lot of folks are blaming the pandemic for a great deal of points, but that seriously place the nail in the coffin for us,” relating to the printing presses, Baggett stated. “We use a large amount of smaller distributors, and several of them offered to greater companies or have been compelled to near. All those who merged, their selling prices went up.”

Costs for chemical compounds and negatives utilized in the newspaper printing course of action went up 32{3a9e182fe41da4ec11ee3596d5aeb8604cbf6806e2ad0e1498384eba6cf2307e}, “just like overnight,” the output director observed. The business that would make the aluminum plates that are also aspect of the printing approach was acquired by Kodak, Baggett mentioned, “which in turn meant a different increase in charges.”

The USPS would like newspapers to standardize sizes, he stated, to strengthen the mailing. The really standard broadsheet dimensions of The Newtown Bee, with every web page measuring 16¾ by 22¾ inches, is much from normal.

“That would have been one more $50,000 financial commitment for us,” he stated.

The business that produces the large-format printers Bee Publishing relies on also has a new operator, which in change raised rates. The paper for mailing labels is ever more tricky to track down, and even the device that adheres them to newspapers is almost irreparable.

“This all took place in a matter of months,” Baggett stated. “It was like a dwelling of cards. 1 card was pulled, and all the things else started off coming down.”

All of this is not to say Newtown’s hometown newspaper is folding. It is not. It is adapting.

Publisher R. Scudder Smith stated 1 incredibly good issue will be recognized immediately with the next concern of Antiques and The Arts Weekly (A&A). Trumbull’s facilities can do some thing Bee Publishing presently are not able to: print in comprehensive color.

The newspaper’s creation department — which places out the internet pages for all 3 aforementioned papers — is previously concentrating on adapting all of A&A’s web pages to color.

There are ideas for The Newtown Bee and The Bee Further to eventually be printed in colour, but people changes are further more down the street, according to the creation director.

“There is no timeline for when The Newtown Bee will be printed in coloration,” Baggett explained. “We’ll get there.”

The Lousy Information

Regretably, the transfer to off-web page printing means 6 people today are losing their employment.

“This is genuinely difficult,” Baggett stated this week. “We can’t manage to retain the personnel at the plant.”

Head Pressman Brian Sacco is the a single member of the printing staff members who will keep on being entirely used. Sacco will be the liaison involving Bee Publishing and Trumbull Printing.

Bee Publishing Business Organization Manager Sherri Smith Baggett was visibly upset when creating the announcement in April of the impending variations to the company’s roster.

This week, she noted that the 7 present workers, which includes Sacco, make up a merged 140 many years, 6 months of services.

“That is hard to fathom, and tougher to swap the committed and knowledgeable personnel that exhibit up in snow and ice storms to make confident our publications are printed and mailed to subscribers,” she mentioned.

In accordance to Smith Baggett’s records, Sacco has been with Bee Publishing for 27 years, 7 months. More printing plant workers and their tenure include things like Pete Pollitt, 26 years, 9 months Eileen Hardiman, 23 yrs, 9 months Emery Klein, 18 many years, 1 thirty day period Ashley Zenhye, 16 many years, 3 months Matt Seaman, 14 decades, 7 months and Ben Ford, 13 years, 6 months.


The Newtown Bee is offered on newsstands, through subscriptions, and at the company’s 5 Church Hill Highway office. The business office is open up weekdays, commonly 8 am to 5 pm (earlier and afterwards by possibility).

Newtown details of sale include Bagel Delight, Big Y Globe Course Sector, Caraluzzi’s Newtown Sector, CVS, Dodgingtown Market & Deli, Misty Vale Deli, Newtown Advantage Store, Newtown Deli & Catering, Newtown General Retailer, Newtown Mobil, Cease & Store, and Wheels (Church Hill Street and South Key Street spots).

The paper can also be ordered at Huge Y Planet Course Industry in Bethel, United Cigar LLC in Derby, Hamden News in Hamden, Martin’s News in Stratford, and Woodbury Shell and Woodbury Comfort, both in Woodbury.

Subscriptions are accessible by contacting 203-426-3141 (ask for Circulation), on the web by, or by filling in the membership kind uncovered on site A-2 each 7 days and mailing that in.

Subscriptions start at $38 for 6 months, less than the $1 go over value. Whilst quite a few of the stories, functions, press releases, and ads are posted on-line, all of individuals offerings and a lot more are always integrated in each individual week’s print version.

The Newtown Bee was launched in June 1877 by Bethel resident John Pearce. The newspaper was bought by the Smith family members of Newtown in 1881 and has remained in the family considering the fact that.

Its present operator and publisher is looking ahead to the updates to the enterprise that has been in his household for 135-in addition decades.

“It’s heading to be so good,” Smith mentioned.

Baggett is also optimistic.

“Printing at Trumbull provides us extra possibility to make Bee merchandise superior,” he reported.


Affiliate Editor Shannon Hicks can be reached at [email protected].

The Bee Publishing Company’s printing facility at 17 Commerce Street will be silent after the June 25, 2021, print version of The Newtown Bee rolls off its presses. The longtime Newtown enterprise is growing a longtime collaboration with Trumbull Printing, which will take care of printing the company’s papers shifting ahead. Bee Publishing Firm team will go on to produce the newspapers and manage all other functions from the company’s office on Church Hill Highway. —Bee Photo, Hicks

Lead Pressman Brian Sacco will turn into the liaison in between Bee Publishing Firm and Trumbull Printing. Amid his new obligations, Sacco will also tackle offering newspapers to Newtown’s put up office environment as quickly as they occur off the presses each week. —Bee file photo

Eileen Hardiman has labored at Bee Publishing Company’s printing facility for far more than 23 a long time.—Bee Photograph, Hicks

Ben Ford places a bundle of just-printed Antiques and The Arts Weekly into a postal container through the print and mailing process on June 15. —Bee Photo, Hicks

Pete Pollitt pushes a batch of Antiques and The Arts Weekly newspapers down rollers on June 15 when doing work at Bee Publishing Company’s printing facility. Powering him, Emery Klein checks papers as they transfer down the printing line. Commencing following week, A&A, The Newtown Bee and The Bee Further will all be printing off-web site, symbolizing a new chapter for Newtown’s hometown newspaper. —Bee Picture, Hicks

Ellen C. McGowan

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