In a move to consolidate some operations with those in Winnipeg, Derksen Printers has put their buildings on the real estate market, though most business and production will remain in Steinbach.
Laurie Finley, publisher of The Carillon and general manager of Derksen Printers, explained the decision.
"Over the last year and a bit through COVID, we had certain areas of our business that were hurt worse than other areas of the business, and some of those areas still have not recovered. And quite frankly, we don't know what that eventual recovery will look like in those areas of our business," he said.
Some operations will be moved into Winnipeg with other areas of business owned by parent company FP Newspapers Inc., which purchased Derksen Printers in 2011.
With the consolidation comes expected layoffs, however Finley said through attrition and negotiations the six positions affected have been offered packages that will allow for early retirement for some employees.
The changes will happen in June of this year, with the hope of selling the west building by the end of 2021. The other two buildings Derksen currently owns are for sale with the condition of striking a long-term lease deal to remain on Main Street.
"Derksen Printers isn’t going anywhere," Finley assures residents.
"We’ll still have a sign out front that says The Carillon and Derksen Printers."