Gallup Independent sets new record for New Mexico with Goss
Press release from the issuing company
December 11th, 2003 – The Gallup Independent of Gallup, New Mexico has ordered a Goss Magnum press for more color, greater production flexibility and new revenue opportunities. Once installed, the new Magnum will be the largest single width press in the state of New Mexico.
The Gallup Independent publishes 18,000 copies of its own daily newspaper of the same name, as well as a number of regional weeklies, shoppers and various types of commercial work. Replacing an existing Goss Community press, which has been extended twice, the new press purchase indicates the Gallup Independent’s continued steady growth, as well as the company’s plans for the future.
“We basically need more speed, with more of the same high quality,” comments Bob Zollinger, Publisher of the Gallup Independent. “We are already printing a quarter of a million impressions per week, so to meet the increasing demand we’re currently experiencing would tie us up in knots. But with the new press we’ll have more than enough capacity to continue growing at the same rate.”
Comprising twenty-four units, the new Goss Magnum press for the Gallup Independent is twice the size of the company’s existing Community press. The press will be configured as six four-high towers with eight reelstands, (two reels with dual unwind capability) running up to 10 webs into a new Goss Universal 1:3:3 jaw folder, with upper former, quarter folder and stitcher. With a view to further growth in the future, the Universal folder is capable of handling up to 16 webs at full press speed of 40,000 cph.
To accommodate the press, the Gallup Independent is also investing two million dollars in a new 18,000 sq. ft. facility, scheduled for completion in Spring 2004.
According to Bob Zollinger, the local population is growing and the market shows great potential, as evidenced by the increasing circulation of the newspaper and the rising demand for other print products. As well as investing in new press equipment and premises, the Gallup Independent has also recently had to expand its editorial team.
“The Gallup Independent has grown in circulation by more than 500% since my father bought it January 1, 1964 for $450,000. Today we spend that much on capital items each year. We print three separate editions, covering an area that stretches as far as 180 miles to the west, 100 miles to the east, 110 miles north and 70 miles south. This currently takes up a lot of press production time and limits the amount of contract work we can handle.
“With the new press, we’ll have much shorter lead times; we won’t have to split runs anymore; and we will have even better print quality due to the shorter web path of the new press configuration. It makes us perfectly positioned to accept all the work we’re being offered and go after more.”
Sam Pernice, Regional Sales Manager for Goss International commented on the recent purchase, “We feel privileged that Bob Zollinger and the Gallup Independent has chosen to partner with Goss International on this most important project”.
Pernice added, “Indeed, the combination of Magnum printing units and Universal 1:3:3 folder is a proven winner, and will give the Independent additional paging, sections and color capabilities, enabling them to broaden their existing product portfolio.”
“The flexibility of this press allows multi-section, straight-run printing with a one-around plate format at a very low cost per page,” adds Don Pallotto, Goss International Director of North American single width and commercial sales.
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