Newsday, Inc. has selected Goss International to complete a highly specialized, multi-press reconfiguration project that will improve print quality while doubling color capacity and press speeds. The enhanced press systems will go into production beginning in June at its facility in Melville, New York. The publisher operates multiple press lines to print its flagship Newsday daily newspaper, which reaches nearly 1.4 million readers weekly on Long Island and in New York City, as well as other products.
Working closely with Newsday, Goss International is combining components from existing Goss Metro presses at the site to create three enhanced press systems with the capacity to print 96 tabloid pages, including 64 full-color pages, at up to 60,000 impressions per hour. The project includes relocation of units and folders, modification of drive lines, repositioning of motors, and installation of customized stacking frames and platforming. Goss International will also add motorized registration capabilities to the presses and convert the web width of one press to 48 inches.
Edward Bushey, VP, Operations & Distribution at Newsday, says the size, complexity and tight timeframe of the reconfiguration plan led to the selection of Goss International. “We needed a partner with far-ranging expertise in engineering, project management, manufacturing, installation and start-up, and the ability to coordinate all those elements,” he explains. “The Goss team also meshed very well with our own team from day one. That collaborative approach and the scale of their aftermarket resources in North America are vital.”
Goss International and Newsday teamed up to conceptualize and engineer the press reconfiguration. Work began on site in Melville in January. Goss International is responsible for project management, installation and commissioning, with a technical team and press operators from Newsday assisting. Specialized structural components for the project will be produced at the Goss machining and manufacturing facility in Kennedale, Texas.
“We appreciate this opportunity to work with a publisher that is taking such a creative, proactive approach to extend the competitive life of existing presses,” according to Wesley Clements, vice president of Sales for Goss newspaper products in North America. “This project goes far beyond a standard press expansion and it gives us a chance to showcase how comprehensive, professional and competitive our resources are.”