Journal de Montréal

Journal de Montréal

September 09, 2005 10:00 ET

Le Journal de Montreal Starts Construction of New Printing Plan

MIRABEL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 9, 2005) - Le Journal de Montreal held the official sod-turning ceremony for its new printing plant with a number of guests and dignitaries in attendance, including Hubert Meilleur, Mayor of Mirabel, and Denise Beaudoin, MNA for Mirabel. The construction project is part of an investment of more than $110 million being made by Quebecor Media Inc. to modernize and relocate the printing facility of Le Journal de Montreal.

The new building is being constructed on a 650,000 square-foot lot in Saint-Janvier de Mirabel. It will house three new state-of-the-art presses and a new shipping room fitted with fully automated inserting equipment.

The new presses, manufactured by Man Roland of Germany, the world leader in the field, will be equipped with an automated colour density system to guarantee the same brilliant colour quality on each copy of Le Journal de Montreal. The new equipment will also make it possible to produce an all-colour newspaper for readers and advertisers.

When the facility begins operation in the spring of 2007, Le Journal de Montreal will have the most modern printing equipment of any daily in North America.

"Today's ceremony kicks off a project that is very exciting for everyone at the newspaper," said Lyne Robitaille, President and Publisher of Le Journal de Montreal. "The advanced technology will help us deliver an improved product and produce a better, livelier, more readable paper that is close to its readership."

Pierre Karl Peladeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quebecor Inc., recalled the long tradition of innovation at Le Journal de Montreal: "Throughout its history, the Journal has consistently invested in the latest technology. That approach is at the heart of Quebecor's corporate culture. With this modernization project, Le Journal de Montreal will maintain its rightful first-place position."

Le Journal de Montreal is owned by Sun Media Corporation, Canada's largest national chain of tabloids and community newspapers. Sun Media publishes eight urban dailies, covering most major centres in Canada, three free dailies, nine local dailies, and nearly 200 weeklies, buyers guides and other specialty publications in Canada. Its newspapers have a combined weekly circulation of over 12 million copies. Le Journal de Montreal, founded in 1964, is the largest-circulation newspaper in its market. Sun Media Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., one of Canada's leading communications companies and owner of a string of industry-leading media properties in Quebec and the rest of Canada.

Contact Information

  • Quebecor Inc.
    Luc Lavoie
    Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs
    (514) 380-1974 or (514) 886-7665