The Times-Picayune moving printing operation out of iconic Howard Ave. building to AL

The Times-Picayune moving printing operation out of iconic Howard Ave. building to AL

The Times-Picayune is moving its printing operations to Mobile, AL at the end of the 2015 or early 2016, according to the company that prints and packages the newspaper, ACS Louisiana.

The move will cost the New Orleans area more than 100 jobs, but will not affect the news and sales staff at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. NOLA Media Group, which operates the NOLA.com and publishes the paper will remain the state's largest news organization.

NOLA Media Group moved its journalists and reporters to One Canal Place in early 2013. The move came after more than 200 employees were cut from the staff in 2012. Some of those employees were rehired.

ACS Louisiana General Manager Ray Massett said the move to the state-of-the-art ACS Alabama press in Mobile will eliminate production costs and allow for greater color in The Times-Picayune. ACS Alabama also handles printing for The Times-Picayune's sister paper, The Press-Register.

The employees at ACS Louisiana who are being laid off will be able to apply for positions at other affiliated properties and will be offered severance pay.

Also announced Tuesday, ACS Louisiana will renovate its offices in East Jefferson and St. Tammany.

The building on Howard Avenue has been mostly vacant since the paper moved to One Canal Place. NOLA Media Group said the property may be donated to a local nonprofit.

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