Pacific Press Publishing Association in Nampa will add employees as it doubles its printing and publishing of religious materials in the coming months, President Dale Galusha said Monday.
The Nampa operation will take over books and magazines that had been produced at Herald Publishing Association, the church's printing and publishing house in Hagerstown, Md. Galusha said he didn't yet know how many of the 125 positions would relocate from Maryland to the Nampa building, just off Interstate 84 at 1350 N. Kings Road.
"At present, we don't really know, but it will certainly be less than half," Galusha said.
Galusha said the new employees would likely be a combination of local hires and Maryland workers displaced by the closure.
Pacific has served as the church's West-Coast printing and publishing house for 30 years in Nampa. Pacific printed the largest of the church's three magazines, Signs of the Times, which has a circulation of 125,000, Galusha said. The Maryland operation printed two, smaller magazines, Adventist Review and Adventist World. Both operations produced religious books.
Some of the equipment used in Maryland will move to Pacific's 180,000-square-foot building, Galusha said.
Pacific has been profitable throughout its three decades, but the Maryland operation was losing money, like many publishing and printing houses, Galusha said. Pacific had cut staff from its peak of 210 employees in 1985 to offset a downturn in sales.
"Unfortunately, church groups are not insulated from the real world out there," Galusha said. "We made cuts when necessary and adaptations, but it's been a harder and harder struggle in the publishing world."
Pacific distributes Signs of the Times to more than 100 countries. It has thus far printed between 30 and 40 books a year, which are distributed in more than 30 countries in 19 languages, Galusha said. In the U.S. the church distributes to about 40 Adventist Book Centers, as well as through the church's online bookstore, adventistbookcenter.com, and online stores such as amazon.com. Pacific also said it ships 3.5 million pounds of material a year, making it the largest bulk mailer in Idaho.
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