The Seattle Times is expanding its printing efforts after recently acquiring a printing press in Kent, Wash. According to King County public records, The Seattle Times purchased the property from an entity associated with ECFT Kent LLC for $13.77 million, or approximately $222 per square foot.
Built in 1995, the property is located at 6600 South 231st Street on just over five acres of land. The building is home to Rotary Offset Press, and totals 62,037 square feet.
Rotary Offset Press was first established in 1957 and is one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest commercial printers, according to its website. With full-service printing capabilities, Rotary Offset Press offers data management services, mailing and printing for a variety of commercial partners, including The Seattle Times, Puget Sound Business Journal, Issaquah Press, IKEA, and The New York Times.
Located in Kent, the property is near many distribution and manufacturing facilities, with nearby companies including FedEx, Paula’s Choice, Pacific Aero Tech, Flow International Corporation and more.
The Seattle Times previously announced plans to relocate to the Kent printing facility last year after selling an additional printing facility in Bothell, Wash. According to reports from The Seattle Times, the news organization opened the Bothell printing facility in 1992, where both The Seattle Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer were published. The Bothell property was sold for $10 million in an effort to “fund news operations,” reports from The Times state.
The Seattle Times was founded in 1896, and is a family-owned news organization. With 566,900 daily readers, The Seattle Times has one of the largest reaches in the Puget Sound region.