Nola Media Group & Advance Media Southeast to produce 5 regional newspapers
A new facility to design and produce the pages of The Times-Picayune and four newspapers in Alabama and Mississippi will be opened in early 2016. It will be located in metro New Orleans. The Times-Picayune’s former East Jefferson bureau along Interstate 10 in Metairie, according to Ricky Mathews, President of Nola Media Group and of the newly formed Advance Media Southeast. Its staff will design newspaper pages, write headlines, produce story packages and copy edit stories for The Times-Picayune, The Birmingham News, the Mobile Press-Register, The Huntsville Times and The Mississippi Press in Pascagoula, Mathews said. The renovation of the East Jefferson facility into what will be known as the Print Lab is expected to be completed later this year.
“We’re excited about the Print Lab and its location in the New Orleans area,” said Mathews. “We expect it will attract some of the best and brightest talent in the design and production of newspaper pages.”
In addition to a print staff of 26 in the East Jefferson facility, a team of five senior editors and topic editors will be added to the newsroom of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune at the top of Canal Place in downtown New Orleans to act as liaisons with the print lab. The addition of those editors to the digitally focused newsroom will enhance the quality of The Times-Picayune, Mathews said.
As part of the print operation, similar teams of senior editors will be added to the respective Alabama newsrooms – five in Birmingham, two in Mobile and two in Huntsville, for a total print team of 40 in New Orleans and Alabama. Additionally, a group of designers from around the country will develop pages and package design concepts, illustrations and graphics for print.
The Times-Picayune’s pages are now produced by a staff at the newspaper’s facility on Howard Avenue. Three members of that staff will lose their jobs as a result of change to the print lab. The other members of The Times-Picayune’s print team will be offered positions in the new print operation. Additional positions in the East Jefferson print lab will be offered to staff members of the current Alabama print operation. The print lab will be led by Terry Baquet, currently Director of The Times-Picayune’s print team. Baquet, a native of New Orleans, previously was Page One editor of The Times-Picayune.
“Terry has been outstanding in leading our print effort that produced Pulitzer Prize-winning editions of The Times-Picayune, including the newspaper’s widely praised editions during and after Hurricane Katrina,” Mathews said. “We look forward to his expanded role.” Adriana Garcia, currently Assistant Director of Print for The Times-Picayune, will be Design and Operations Manager for the print lab. Jeff Glick, Director of Print for Alabama Media Group, which includes the four Alabama and Mississippi newspapers, will lead the group of designers.
4CP to Triple Business with 29″ Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor
As an early adopter of Heidelberg’s Anicolor technology and one of its most enthusiastic proponents, 4 Color Press (4CP) of Forth Worth, Texas, has gone and done it again. Since 4CP installed its second Anicolor machine, a Speedmaster XL 75 -5+L, in May, the company is on track to triple its business in the next two years.
According to 4CP’s owners Andrew and Lisa Fuld, the company had outgrown the Speedmaster SM 52 Anicolor it acquired in 2007, logging more than 103 million impressions on the machine in seven years. “We literally had no capacity left,” Andrew said. That fact, coupled with attractive opportunities for larger-format work, sent the Fulds directly back to Heidelberg.
“Once you embrace the best technology—which is what Anicolor is,” he continued, “it’s impossible to conceive of settling for anything less.” Since the larger machine was installed, 4 Color Press has taken 16-18 hours of run time per day on the SM 52 down to about five hours of press time on the XL 75—just the way the Fulds like it. “Our aim is to decrease run times,” Andrew explained. At this rate, he continued, “We’ll be able to add two shifts and triple our business to boot. We anticipate getting back to 100 percent capacity on the new machine within two years.” According to the Fulds, the company already has put more than four million impressions on the new machine since May.
The Fulds started 4CP in 2004, a company Andrew conceived and has realized as a short-run, high-quality specialty print business with the speed and responsiveness of a quick printer and the quality objectives of a large commercial print shop. Today, 4CP turns out short-run, four-color offset printing in a disciplined environment Fuld continually fine tunes and “proceduralizes” to maximize efficiencies. One tool being utilized is Heidelberg’s Prinect Benchmarking software, “which enables us to compare our productivity against other comparable XL 75 Anicolor presses,” Andrew explained. “We can see exactly where we can gain productivity and increase efficiencies accordingly.”
The company’s centerpiece, essential tool and sole press is the Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor, which turns out quick-turn orders in run lengths from 50 sheets and up for customers throughout the Dallas-Forth Worth metroplex and nationwide, including corporations and nonprofits, manufacturers and educational institutions. 4CP rarely handles high-volume jobs, although the long-run capabilities of the XL 75 Anicolor give 4CP the flexibility to take on run lengths up to 50,000 sheets, if necessary. The XL 75’s ability to turn jobs quickly also lends itself to multiple versioning, a company specialty. “One makeready, one setup, and more than 300 full CYMK/K plate swaps,” he said. “With the XL 75 Anicolor, it isn’t nearly as onerous as it sounds.” Take for example the recent order of 168 versions of a pocket folder in quantities of 100 to 1,000. With the Anicolor’s five- minute plate transitions and 15 sheet makereadies, we were able to knock out more than 25 versions per shift.”
The Fuld’s embrace of Anicolor technology has as much to do with print quality as with production speed. “Customers that seek us out are aware of our reputation for reliable color consistency minus ghosting, banding or other printing flaws,” he remarked. “Anicolor technology provides extremely stable inking.” The certified carbon-neutral Speedmaster XL 75’s up to 90 percent waste-reducing capabilities also echo 4CP’s ecological concerns. The company keeps its own carbon footprint remarkably compact, operating in 15,000 square feet of interconnected converted shipping containers, a space-saving, earth-friendly design inspired by similar structures Fuld and his wife first saw in Perugia, Italy.
Despite its modest size, however, “We are a full-blown B2B company,” Andrew attested. “I want big customers with lots of small-to-midsize needs, customers who use print to market their businesses, or who use print as a component in their products.” Shorter run lengths mean higher revenue per impression, he explained. “Multiply that by increasing the number of orders produced per day, and those numbers compound themselves very quickly.”
As long as Heidelberg’s Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor functions as the beating heart of the Fuld’s ambitious business model, the path to 4CP’s door should continue to be a well-trodden one.
Diario Libre in Santo Domingo newspaper upgrades with Manugraph-DGM
Diario Libre in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic purchased 16 DGM 440 units from Manugraph Americas-DGM. The units will be configured as four 4-High color towers to be integrated to an existing 24-unit, 2-folder DGM 440 press. Two of the new drives will operate with the new towers, while the other four drives will replace existing Fincor drives. In addition to the four towers, DGM will be manufacturing six digital motion control drives for the publisher. All of the equipment will be manufactured at the Manugraph DGM plant in Elizabethville, Pa.
The project is slated for completion in April 2016.
Spectrum Resources Moves to New 60,000-Square-Foot Plant in Muskego, Wisconsin
Spectrum, a printing solutions provider that also offers fulfillment, warehouse and distribution services, has built a 60,000-square-foot multi-tenant industrial building on Moorland Commerce Center West, which is located Southwest of College Avenue and Moorland Road, north of GE Healthcare distribution center in Muskego. The building occupies a 4.65 acre site. Spectrum Resources will initially occupy 29,000-square-feet of space in the building.
“Our business growth over the past few years has been astounding, especially as our clients seek more warehousing, fulfillment and distribution services,” remarked Larry Surges, founder and CEO. “We have definitely become a managed services firm, who can be a single source provider of everything related to our client’s marketing and branding needs.” The company’s client list boasts some of the most well-known national brands based in Wisconsin.
Spectrum has been in business since 1998 and has averaged a 15 percent growth rate year over year, and is considered one of the premier players in the print distribution industry. “By evolving along with the needs of our clients, Spectrum has introduced hundreds of new products and services over the years. We have had to expand our facilities several times to keep up with our pace of growth,” Surges noted. “Also, since we hired Mike Eastley as VP of sales and marketing, we have been able to better focus and refine our product offerings while adding ancillary services our clients have been requesting,” said Surges.
For the past several years, Spectrum has been honing its print offerings to include every category of print its clients need: from web and sheetfed, to grand format print and packaging. Now the company has sharpened its focus on products and services which complement the core offerings: promotional and ad specialty items, warehousing and fulfillment, and custom ordering portals