A former solar panel manufacturing facility near Pittsburgh International Airport will become the Post-Gazette's new printing plant and distribution and production center.
The newspaper has signed a lease with the Buncher Co. to occupy a 245,000-square-foot building in Clinton Commerce Park that was built for Flabeg, a German solar panel manufacturer that ceased production last spring.
Terms of the long-term lease, announced Wednesday afternoon, were not disclosed.
The facility will house the Post-Gazette's new printing equipment, which should be ready for use this summer; all production and distribution functions; and financing and information technology offices.
"The Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh's oldest continuing business, will soon be produced in one of the world's most advanced printing plants," said John Robinson Block, the publisher. "We think the readers of Pennsylvania's second-largest newspaper will be pleased."
With the new space, the newspaper will be able to shut down its Downtown printing operation and consolidate all of its production operations under one roof.
The new building, located in Findlay, also will contain 30,000 square feet of office space as well as showers and a gym.
About 175 employees will move into the plant.
The new press equipment should start arriving in April, with the goal of having it ready in August. The new technology will deliver a better, more colorful product for readers and advertisers.
"This facility will enable the Post-Gazette to achieve greater efficiencies and significantly improve the appearance of our news pages and advertiser's messages," said Joe Pepe, Post-Gazette president.
Editorial and advertising offices are expected to move out of the building next year. The plan is to keep them Downtown.
Mark Belko: email@example.com or 412-263-1262. First Published February 12, 2014 3:33 PM