New Haven Register to layoff 105 workers


The New Haven Register will lay off 105 workers who print the newspaper and handle advertising inserts, as well as some distribution employees, as it outsources its printing to The Hartford Courant.

The workers will be terminated in early- to mid-March, according to a letter the company sent to the state Department of Labor. Employers are required to report layoffs of 50 people or more under federal law.

The Register, which sells about about 64,500 papers on weekdays, moved to a "digital first" strategy in 2010, along with other newspapers at its parent firm, Journal Register Co. JRC said that strategy is the best one to reach its audience of 21 million people in 10 states.

As part of its strategy, The Register is selling its 200,000-square-foot office and industrial facility on 13 acres on Sargent Drive.

"The Register is looking to establish an open newsroom in the heart of New Haven's downtown," said Tom Wiley, publisher of The New Haven Register. "We are excited about the opportunity this move presents including our ability to host the community as part of a newsroom where our audience can participate at any level and in any part of the newsgathering process."

The concept will be partly modeled after the "Newsroom Café" in Torrington at the Register Citizen, a sister paper to The Register, Wiley said.

Wiley said The Register is finalizing an agreement with The Hartford Courant to print The Register and its sister publications, including The Register Citizen and Middletown Press. Additional details were not available Tuesday.

Source: Courant