North State Journal group completes acquisition of Charlotte printing facility


CHARLOTTE — North Carolina’s only statewide newspaper will soon be printed in Charlotte along with several other regional and national publications after the completion of an acquisition announced on Tuesday. The newly formed Charlotte Publishing Company, Inc. will operate the former Charlotte Observer printing facility at 9140 Research Dr. in Charlotte. 

“The addition of printing capabilities strengthens North State Journal’s position as a leader in print newspapers in the South,” said Neal Robbins, president of Charlotte Publishing Company and publisher of North State Journal. “The long-term viability of North Carolina’s independent press requires high quality printing, and the Charlotte facility is second to none.” 

Charlotte Publishing Company is acquiring the printing assets of The McClatchy Company located at the Research Drive location. The plant was built in 1982 as a printing site for The Wall Street Journal and was acquired in 2013 by McClatchy, where it printed the Charlotte Observer and several other McClatchy-owned newspapers as well as The Wall Street Journal. North State Media, the parent company of North State Journal, acquired the building and land at 9140 Research Dr. in late 2022. 

The facility will maintain its status as a hub for regional and national newspapers. 

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