A PRINTING company at the heart of what was once described as the major print centre in the North is to close with the loss of 91 jobs.
Broughton Printers, based next to the Lancashire Evening Post building in Oliver’s Place, Fulwood, has announced printing will cease on July 8.
It’s a very sad day for Preston and for all of us
The company has been based at the landmark site off Eastway since 1988.
In its heyday Broughton Printers employed more than 200 people at its Fulwood site, where it printed more than 11 million copies a week of national and regional newspapers.
The announcement came as Express Newspapers awarded the Lancashire Evening Post’s parent company Johnston Press a five-year deal to print the northern editions of the Daily Express, Daily Star, Sunday Express and Daily Star Sunday at its Dinnington site in Sheffield.
All the papers had been previously printed by Broughton Printers.
Broughton Printers had also previously printed a host of weekly and evening newspapers.
A spokesman for Broughton Printers said: “It’s a very sad day for Preston and for all of us. So many people have worked here for such a long time.”
The workforce was told of the bombshell decision this week and is now being consulted by managers.
Express Newspapers’ parent company Northern and Shell, which owns the Broughton Printers building, said it did not wish to comment further on the announcement.
Broughton Printers Ltd was formed in 1988 when the building was first opened. In 1997, then owners United News and Media spent £32m on a major expansion which was followed by a £14m upgrade in 2009.