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Indiana Newspaper Taps Goss International For Postpress Upgrade

Press release from the issuing company

November 18th, 2005 – The South Bend Tribune in Indiana has selected Goss International to expand the speed, quality and zoning capabilities of its postpress operation. The paper will add a shaftless, dual-delivery Goss Magnapak packaging system with 40 stations along with two Ferag UTR press gripper lines in the spring of 2006. Goss will also install its Goss Omnizone supervisory controls, including downstream controls, with the new system and will upgrade an existing Goss NP630 inserter. “We saw the Goss Magnapak run in several similar applications and believe it is the only system that can deliver the combination of speed and product quality features that we need,” explains Keith Russell, Vice President of Operations for the South Bend Tribune. Goss International represents Ferag products in North America. The installation at the South Bend Tribune illustrates the ability to integrate components from the two manufacturers, according to Doug Gibson, Sales Vice President for Goss. “The Goss/Ferag combination allows us to present each newspaper with more options for customization, plus the advantages of single-vendor integration,” Gibson says. Preprint ad volume at the South Bend Tribune grew from 163 million pieces in 2001 to 188 million in 2004, and the paper routinely runs 30 to 40 different zoning combinations daily with zip-code-specific distribution capabilities, according to Keith Russell. “The 17 into 1 capacity in dual delivery mode will triple current output, and the Omnizone controls will significantly improve our ability to monitor bundle quality and control misses,” he explains Each hopper in the Goss Magnapak packaging system is individually driven by its own servo motor, allowing automated zoning at full speed. Ferag UTR conveyor lines accommodate a wide range of product thicknesses and convey products individually for controlled, high-speed delivery. The South Bend Tribune is owned by Schurz Communications, Inc. The privately owned company is based in South Bend and publishes seven daily newspapers. Schurz Communications also owns radio, broadcast TV, cable TV, shopping newspaper and commercial printing operations in Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Missouri, Georgia and Virginia.