LAS CRUCES – Magazines and newspapers in Las Cruces and throughout southern New Mexico that have relied on Signature Offset to print their publications will now need to find a new printer.
Signature Offset, founded in 1970 in Denver as Intermountain Color, was sold on Friday. Its new owners abruptly closed its printing plant in Las Cruces, 132 Westgate St. The printing plant, which had been in Las Cruces for about 18 years, had around 30 employees. It was the only business in Las Cruces that could boast of its ability to print newspapers or magazines.
“It’s closed,” said Jerry Buck, plant manager at Las Cruces. “I heard that some customers might try to find a solution.”
The sale of the company and the closure of its Las Cruces plant will not affect the printing of the Las Cruces Sun-News. The Sun-News is owned by Gannett, who owns a regional printing press in El Paso.
Most affected by the closure of Signature Offset in Las Cruces is the Las Cruces Bulletin, a weekly newspaper.
“We got a call on Friday saying they were sold out and closing their Las Cruces factory,” said Richard Coltharp, editor of the Las Cruces Bulletin. “We are disappointed because we have had the Bulletin published in Las Cruces all these years.”
Coltharp said there were at least six printers the weekly could consider.
“We would like to make a decision within the 10 day week,” Coltharp said. “We have until then to decide where we are going next. It is one of the blessings of being a weekly (newspaper). Signature Offset indicated that he would continue to print the Las Cruces newsletter for the next two years. weeks. They’ve been good for us. “
Patsy Hernandez, vice president of production for El Paso Times, said any publications affected by Signature Offset’s closure in Las Cruces could consider its printing plant in El Paso.
“I’m happy to take on anything I can do. We have the capacity,” Hernandez said.
Other publications, such as Southwest Senior Magazine and New Mexico State University have not been involved in Signature Offset in recent years. Keith Whelpley, owner and publisher of Southwest Senior, said his publication was printed by PDX Printing in El Paso.
Chris Faivre, director of marketing and communications for Visit Las Cruces, also known as the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau, said his organization uses Las Cruces-based printing facilities for its brochures and promotional material.
“We are working with our local printers,” Faivre said.
Signature Offset officials could not immediately be reached for comment on Monday.