Sound Publishing completed its acquisition of the Everett Herald from the Washington Post Company yesterday, just months after the Little Nickel publisher swallowed up the Seattle Weekly.

What this will mean for the Herald's newsroom remains to be seen. But the acquisition has proven devastating to employees in production and distribution:

The acquisition brings an end to printing The Herald and the other publications at the newspaper's downtown Everett location. Sound Publishing has its own printing plant and distribution center near Paine Field, which serves all of the company's Western Washington publications.

Herald employees in production and distribution are losing their jobs. Some are being offered work under the new owners.

The Herald had about 200 full and part-time employees Monday, Dadisman said, and "less than one-third of the total workforce will be unemployed as a result of the sale."

What a positive way of phrasing it. But in other words, the Herald's new owners are slashing its workforce by about a third.