Lancaster Farming will soon be printed on a state-of-the-art press 16 miles south of its current production facility in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.
The press at Greenfield Corporate Center in East Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, will also produce The Ephrata Review, The Lititz Record Express, and The Elizabethtown Advocate, which along with Lancaster Farming are part of the Steinman Communications family of newspapers known as LNP Media Group.
While Lancaster Farming will no longer be printed in Ephrata, its editorial and advertising offices will remain in the borough.
LNP, Lancaster County’s daily newspaper and another member of the LNP Media Group, will be added to the Greenfield printing schedule in April 2020.
Ralph Martin, executive vice president of Steinman Communications, said the new press, which uses offset printing technology, will be much more efficient. It will now take half a day to print the weekly Lancaster Farming instead of the current daylong effort.
That efficiency will allow more time to print other publications.
The fully automated system for the press is being set up by EAE, a German company that supplies control and automation systems for newspaper printers.
In addition to sporting an updated control system that reduces printing time, the location of the new press — just minutes from the Greenfield Road exit of Route 30 — reduces travel time for trucks in and out of the facility.
The operation in the 48,000-square-foot leased building at 1704 Hempstead Road will eventually be run by 30 to 40 employees, including the 12 positions that are being transferred from Ephrata.
Martin said once everything is shifted over to Greenfield over the next several months, a decision will be made about what to do with the press in Ephrata.
The public announcement of the new press was made Monday during a 225th anniversary celebration of Lancaster’s daily newspaper at Steinman Park in downtown Lancaster.
During the ceremony, which was attended by Gov. Tom Wolf, Steinman Communications CEO Robert M. Krasne also revealed that LNP would be selling its current offices at 8 W. King St. and relocating to the rebuilt former Bulova building at 101 N. Queen St.
Krasne said these projects are tied to the family-owned company’s ongoing commitment to local journalism at a time when many communities are seeing newspapers close.