The Seattle Times Co. was founded through acquisition in 1896 by Alden J. Blethen, who was recently of Minneapolis and had been reared in Maine. The Seattle-area Blethen family has held the controlling interest of the company ever since. In modern times, 49.5 percent of the voting stock has been held by an outside company – first Knight Ridder, now McClatchy of Sacramento.
The Seattle Times Co. has been headquartered in the South Lake Union neighborhood since 1931, but no papers are printed there. In 1992, the company opened a printing plant in suburban Bothell.Holdings Washington Daily Circulation The Seattle Times
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