D C Thomson have printed the magazines and books at the Guthrie Street printworks since I was a wee lass. Their range of comics and magazines includes The Beano and The People's Friend.
This week they have announced they are closing the plant - with the loss of up to 350 jobs - and said the company's newspapers, including the Sunday Post, will not be affected as they are printed at a separate site in the city. A spokesman said the proposed changes were needed to ensure a strong future for the business. No decision has yet been taken on where magazines and books will be printed in the future.
D C Thomson & Co Ltd is a family-run company and employs more than 2.000 people. As well as its three Dundee sites it has offices in Glasgow, Manchester and London. The firm produces more than 100 million copies of its newspapers, books, annuals, magazines and comics each year.
This is sad news for Dundee, but I'm quite sure D C Thomson will have looked at the overall future of their business thoroughly. Not only are they a big employer in the city but they are also very aware of their social responsibilities to Dundee's population. I'm sure this decision was the best of a list of options even though it does mean job losses. Digital technology is making its mark on the print industry.