MAN Roland finishes rigging new UNISET 75 for Missouri's News Tribune Company
Press release from the issuing company
Jefferson City, Missouri — MAN Roland has completed rigging a new UNISET 75 web press for the News Tribune Company, publisher of the leading dailies and weeklies in Missouri’s capital region. The press is centerpiece of an all-new $14 million production facility.
Configured with four reel stands, 32 couples and a 2:3:3 folder, the UNISET 75 is on track to be operational by mid-February 2006, replacing a 32-year old Goss system.
The News Tribune’s pressroom requirements are similar to those of other dailies across North America. “Adding more color is a major consideration,” says Mike Vivion, the News Tribune’s General Manager. “We’re turning down color ads now, because our old Goss has limited color capacity. The 4 X 4 configuration of UNISET lets us put color on every page. That’s 32 pages of four color, everywhere.”
The News Tribune Company serves the state’s capital with three publications. The Sunday News Tribune has a paid circulation of 24,041. The Post-Tribune is published weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings, with a circulation of 17,351. And the Daily Capital News is a morning paper that reaches 2,388 paying readers. The company also prints the weekly Fulton Sun with a circulation of 4,087 and the California Democrat with 3,613 subscribers, extending its coverage of central Missouri.
Vivion emphasizes that the quick turnaround capabilities of the UNISET will be invaluable in printing multiple titles one right after another, particularly when the agenda includes outside assignments.
“It gets particularly hectic around here on Tuesdays,” he says. “We print an outside publication first, then the California Democrat, and follow that with the Daily Capital News. An outside weekly is next, followed by The Fulton Sun.”
Increasing its commercial printing capacity is also on the News Tribune’s to-do list. “That’s another big plus for putting in this press,” Vivion states. “We produce a wide variety of commercial work, for customers ranging from local businesses to the State of Missouri. The quality UNISET delivers will allow us to do more kinds of commercial work.”
UNISET quality will also have a positive impact on News Tribune readers. “Throughout history, a town's newspaper is its backbone,” says Jim Norton, MAN Roland Project Manager. “With this technical advancement, the News Tribune will be able to provide not only a clear, crisp, full-color paper, but it will provide the community with pride that its hometown paper has the same advanced technology as larger metropolitan papers."
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