Wall Street Journal picks Maui for printing
The Maui News will print the weekend edition of the financial paper for distribution in the islands
The Wall Street Journal began printing its weekend edition in Hawaii for the first time last week -- on Maui.
The company selected the Maui News printing plant to ensure more timely delivery of the newspaper in Hawaii, said Larry Hoffman, vice president of production for the Wall Street Journal, in a statement yesterday.
There are no plans to print in Hawaii the daily edition of the journal, which is produced in Riverside, Calif. and flown to Hawaii for same-day distribution.
The newspaper is currently printed in 17 plants across the United States.
"Press time was the key issue for selecting the Maui facility," said Robert Christie, director of public relations for Dow Jones & Co., which publishes the Wall Street Journal.
The Journal was converted to a smaller page size in January as part of a redesign for the newspaper.
The smaller size -- which can be printed on a press with a 48-inch web width instead of 60 inches -- gives the paper more options in choosing printing plants, which can lower distribution costs or improve delivery times.
The redesigned paper was launched nationwide on Jan. 2. The Wall Street Journal gives its U.S. print and online circulation at nearly 2.1 million, and its global circulation at 2.6 million.