Ohio paper plans layoffs, close printing facility

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Blade newspaper in Toledo says it plans to shut down its printing and mailing facilities and lay off about 130 workers.

Block Communications Inc. notified city officials in a letter released Friday that it plans to begin the job cuts in August.

The layoffs would not include newsroom, advertising or circulation employees.

The letter did not say where the newspaper would be printed if the Toledo printing facility closes.

Stephen Spolar, the company's vice president of human resources, told the newspaper that the rest of The Blade's downtown office will remain open.

Block Communications owns The Blade and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Blade has a daily circulation of 105,000 and 135,000 on Sundays.

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