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MAN Roland applauds Print Quality Contest winners at America East

Press release from the issuing company

Hershey, Pennsylvania — “Applied Innovations” and “Creative Newspapers” will be the complementary themes of the MAN Roland exhibit at the America East Newspaper and Technology Conference — to be conducted here on March 12th-15th. MAN Roland will also be congratulating winners of the conference’s 2007 Print Quality Contest, who use MAN Roland presses. Practical Solutions The MAN Roland pavilion, #66, will focus on how the world’s leading web press provider transforms its advancements into practical solutions newspapers can use to make their pressrooms more productive and their businesses more profitable. The Applied Innovations theme also reflects on how MAN Roland brings fresh thinking and new opportunities to the vital area of service and support. A key part of the innovative approach is an educational initiative called “Creative Newspapers.” The effort develops and delivers creative ways newspapers can enhance their products and practices to lower their costs and make their newspapers more attractive to readers and advertisers. “Our creative newspaper program applies MAN Roland innovations and covers the key issues newspapers need to address in this continually changing industry,” says Ron Sams, Vice President of Newspaper Sales for MAN Roland Inc. “Automation, press concepts, commercial applications, added value and a superior service structure to support it all will all be explored at our exhibit at America East.” Honoring Print Quality A number of eastern newspapers have applied MAN Roland innovations to achieve honors in the conference’s Print Quality Contest this year. Journal Register Company won the lion’s share of awards, sweeping the under 25,000 circulation category. First Place went to the Suburban & Wayne Times of Wayne, Pennsylvania. Second Place belonged to The Boyertown Area Times, Boyertown, Pennsylvania. Third Place recognition was achieved by the Main Line Life of Ardmore, Pennsylvania. JRC newspapers also dominated the next category. First Place in the 25,000-50,000 circulation group went for the second year in a row to the Daily Local News of West Chester, Pennsylvania. The Mercury of Pottstown, Pennsylvania achieved Second Place in that group, stepping up from a Third Place showing last year. All JRC winners are printed on a MAN Roland GEOMAN at Journal Register Offset in Exton, Pennsylvania. Staten Island Advance took Second Place in the 50,000-100,000 circulation category. That Advance Publications newspaper is also produced on a MAN Roland GEOMAN press. Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers won First Place in the over 100K circulation classification with its Port St. Lucie News. Their press of choice is the MAN Roland REGIOMAN. Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers also topped its circulation category for blank and white printing excellence in the 2007 Inland/Kodak Print Quality competition. Several publications were named "America East Print Quality Blue Ribbon Newspapers” this year. Among them were four Journal Register Company titles: The Reporter, Lansdale, Pennsylvania; The Times Herald, Norristown, Pennsylvania; Main Line Times, Ardmor, Pennsylvania; and the Ambler Gazette, Ambler, Pennsylvania. Booth Newspapers’ Kalamazoo Gazette, of Kalamazoo, Michigan was also honored as a Blue Ribbon Newspaper. According the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, the America East Print Quality Contest is judged on live editions sent by the participating papers. Feedback is provided on the print quality of the newspapers submitted in six different areas, including black ink laydown, color ink laydown, color registration, halftone quality, page alignment and overall print appearance. The awards will be presented to all of the winners at a special ceremony on March 14th at the America East Conference. A “Best in Show” winner will be announced at that time. “MAN Roland is honored to be the press provider for so many Print Quality Contest winners,” Sams says. “We applaud their skill, teamwork and commitment in making print media more appealing than ever.”