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Chicago Tribune to Upgrade Color Printing Capabilities with MAN Roland

Press release from the issuing company

CHICAGO, March 26 -- The Chicago Tribune announced today a significant printing press improvement project slated for the newspaper's Freedom Center printing and distribution facility. The project is designed to better serve readers and advertisers by doubling the newspaper's color printing capacity as well as other enhancements to improve flexibility. Initial work will begin later this year and continue through fall of 2006. The press upgrade follows on the heels of the Tribune's major packaging and collating expansion, which was completed in 2002. "Advertisers will benefit as they look for better ways to reach the rich audience we deliver through the newspaper," said Dick Malone, Chicago Tribune Senior Vice President and General Manager. "The equipment upgrades also will provide our readers with more timely content, better navigation and more consistent reproduction of color photographs and graphics throughout the newspaper." The enhancement project will upgrade all 10 of the Tribune's presses. After an extensive selection process, MAN Roland, with U.S. headquarters in Westmont, Ill., has been chosen to provide equipment for this color press expansion. "We were fortunate to have had several highly regarded press equipment vendors from which to choose," said Tony Hunter, Chicago Tribune Vice President of Operations. "By making this significant investment in our core newspaper business, we're well positioned competitively for future growth in terms of both readership and revenue."