The Baltimore Sun Considers Plan to Close its Port Covington Printing Press

| December 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that its parent company, Baltimore Sun Media, is “considering a plan” to move the printing of The Baltimore Sun and its affiliate newspapers from Sun Park in Port Covington to The News Journal’s plant in Wilmington, DE. Tribune Media Company, Baltimore Sun Media’s previous parent company, sold the Sun Park facility and 60 acres of land to Sagamore Ventures in 2014.

Baltimore Sun Media moved its newsroom and additional departments from Downtown to a renovated space at Sun Park in 2018. The company said it had a “long-term” lease on the property at the time.

Sagamore Ventures is part of the Port Covington Development Team which is underway on the first major phase (Chapter 1B) of a 235-acre, $5.5-billion, multi-decade Port Covington development. Construction on Chapter 1B is taking place just a few feet east of Sun Park in land acquired from Tribune Media Company. Just west of of Sun Park is a staging area for construction soil.

The Port Covington Master Plan shows the eventual elimination of Sun Park, replacing it with an oval park called Founder’s Park and new buildings and blocks. According to tax records, Sun Park is a 256,033 sq. ft. building on 18.9 acres, which includes parking lots for its employees and trucks. The printing press takes up a large portion of the building.

SouthBMore.com reached out to the Port Covington Development Team to see if the closing of the printing plant would impact its development plans in the coming years, however the company declined to comment.

Tribune Publishing, Baltimore Sun Media’s current parent company, was acquired by Alden Global Capital earlier this year.

From The Baltimore Sun:

“This preliminary agreement would reduce expenses related to the print operation and help continue the investment in our digital growth,” said Trif Alatzas, Baltimore Sun Media’s publisher and editor-in-chief, in an email sent to employees Tuesday evening.

The article reports the plan to close the printing press would result in the lose of 130 jobs.

Also from the article:

“We deeply regret the impact this plan would have on the dedicated staff members whose employment would be affected,” Alatzas wrote. “These are friends and colleagues who care deeply about Baltimore Sun Media. We value their contributions and appreciate their hard work and commitment to quality.”

Baltimore Sun Media’s additional newspapers are the Carroll County Times and Capital Gazette.

Port Covington construction photo from September (Sun Park is the white building in the background) 

Sun Park photo from 2018

Overhead shot from Google Maps (taken before Chapter 1B began construction)

2016 Renderings from Sagamore Ventures 

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