From The Record-Courier

The Record-Courier, Portage County’s daily newspaper, is consolidating its offices with the weekly newspapers of the Record Publishing Co. to improve efficiency and  provide a better work environment for the employees.

As of Monday, the office of  Record-Courier will be located at 1050 W. Main St., Kent. Publications moving to the Kent site are he Tallmadge Express, the Stow Sentry, the Falls News Press, the Hudson Hub-Times, the Twinsburg Bulletin, the (Nordonia) News Leader, the Aurora Advocate, the Gateway News, the Record-Courier and its total market coverage affiliate, the Advantage.

According to Publisher David Dix, the Kent site on West Main Street was selected because it is near the Summit-Portage County line and as such, can be easily accessed by readers and clients in both counties. Six of the eight free weekly publications of Record Publishing serve communities in Summit County so the  advantages of relocating to the county line seemed obvious, he said.

“Our address is changing, but the goals remain the same:  Comprehensive local coverage, good and reliable delivery, and competitive advertising rates,” he said. He said a decision to retain a storefront Ravenna office depends on finding the right location at the right price. For the time being, the Ravenna phone number of 330-296-9657 and the Kent number, 330-673-3491, will work. The new general telephone number is 330-541-9400, he said.

Dix said the company looked at sites in several communities before opting for the West Main Street, Kent one.

The fact that the Record-Courier is a paid subscription daily and the weekly newspapers are free weighed heavily in the decision to locate in Portage County, just over the Summit County line, he said. The presence of Kent State University where many of the company’s employees received their education weighed in the site selection  too, he said.

“We’re lucky to have Kent State’s Journalism and Mass Communication School so close and want to better take advantage of that,” he said.

All Record Publishing newspapers are printed at a state of the art joint production facility in Wooster.

Nearly two years in the planning, the location has approximately 30,000 square feet of office and production space.  Some 6,000 square feet in front will house the corporate offices of Dix Communications, the company that owns Record Publishing. In addition to the publications of Record Publishing, Dix Communications consists of six other daily newspapers in Ohio and Kentucky and radio stations in Ohio, Maryland, and Florida.

Gordon C. Dix, II, president and chief executive officer of Dix Communications, said he has been looking forward to consolidating corporate responsibilities into the building.

“We think we have a site that will do a good job of serving our advertisers and readers and work well for the company too,” he said.

After an appropriate period of adjustment, the company will announce an open house.. Until then, no tours of the facility will be offered.

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