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Vancouver Sun and Province to close Surrey printing press

Global News has learned the Vancouver Sun and The Province will contract out the printing of their newspapers.

For years the paper has been printed at the Kennedy Heights Printing Plant, a large printing plant in Surrey.

They have printed the papers every day and on weekends, but it appears the plan is now to close that plant.

In a posting on the Media Union of BC website operations at the plant will cease sometime in 2015 and the papers will be printed by Transcontinental.

However, there is another option on the table if Postmedia and the union reach an agreement to open a new plant that would cost a lot less money to operate than Kennedy Heights. If they can reach a deal before November 18 to reduce the cost at a new plant by up to 75 per cent, then the contract between Postmedia and Transcontinental will not go ahead.

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The business of newspapers is rapidly changing and many are putting up paywalls on their websites to get some revenue from their online readers.

Latest numbers for the Vancouver Sun were down to 90,000 readers, not including pass-along readership.