Omaha World-Herald upgrades the existing GEOMAN press with new electronics

At the “Freedom Center“, one of North America’s biggest newspaper printing facilities, manroland web systems has realized a retrofit for the Omaha World Herald. The GEOMAN presslines got new electronic components.
Exchange of Electronics
manroland web systems received the order for the retrofit because of their comprehensive know-how, Ron Headid explains: “Bringing a third party into play would have been expensive and a big risk. In our view, choosing manroland web systems was the best possibility to close the project reliably and in time.“ The electronic retrofit includes the PLCs and the discontinued InterbusLoop. This is an additional Interbus path for connecting sensors and actuators to the local Interbus structure. These electronic components have been replaced at four printing units, one folder superstructure including turner bars, the section- and safety computers and at four reel splicers. Now, the printing company works with the latest powerful computer generation from the manroland web systems PECOM-X product portfolio and therewith secures a more efficient press run as well as the preserving of spare parts for all remaining components. For Headid it is very important to have the possibility to replace discontinued parts 1:1 – today and for the future. Furthermore, the new production offers an additional possibility for powerful advertising: “We are now able to produce half cover for newspapers in-house“, Headid explains. This cover application with two half- and two full newspaper pages (also called “spadea“) offers more possibilities for brand new advertising campaigns and thereby shows new sources of revenue.

“Puzzle“ Strategy Receives Acceptance
When it comes to retrofits, the “puzzle“ strategy from manroland web systems receives broad acceptance – especially in countries overseas. Anyway, not all computers or other components have to be replaced at once. This can be handled step by step, in an economic and tailor-made individual retrofit approach.

The know-how lies in the discussions with the customer and the preparation of the project, Andreas Wecker, Service Manager North- and Latin America at manroland web systems is certain: “We give advice regarding risk management, prioritize actions and show perspectives and limits of retrofits and upgrades.” What is important for the customer, Wecker explains, is a nonstop production at the printing room.  “After all, Nebraska and Kentucky shall not be left without their daily.” Production Leader Headid is satisfied: “We were able to produce every night during the entire retrofit project. The press and all its components were available Fridays to Sundays”.

Defiance Publishing Co. Sold to Adams Publishing Group

 Adams Publishing Group, LLC has purchased the Defiance Publishing Co., LLC from Dix Communications. Dix Communications was represented by Cribb, Greene & Cope, a newspaper brokerage, appraisal, and consulting firm with offices in Montana, Virginia and Missouri.

Defiance Publishing Co. employs 56 people and publishes The Crescent-News, a six-day a week daily newspaper (Sunday-Friday) with a distribution of 14,000 on weekdays and 15,300 on Sundays and Crescent–Extra, a free weekly shopper mailed to 9,200 households in the Defiance and Napoleon zip codes. The company also publishes the Northwest Ohio Homes Magazine and Northwest Ohio Auto Book. Steve VanDemark, a 44-year employee of the company, will continue to serve as publisher.
Defiance Publishing will be part of APG Media of Ohio, headquartered in Athens, Ohio.

“We are very excited to begin working with Steve and his team in Defiance and proud that a publication with such a fine reputation for producing quality news products is now part of our Ohio group,” said Monica Nieporte, president and publisher of APG Media of Ohio.

Adams Publishing Group, LLC, a family-owned media company headquartered in St. Louis Park, Minn., produces community newspapers, events, digital products and specialty magazines serving communities in Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maryland, Idaho, Michigan and Ohio.

The Adams family also owns radio stations, outdoor advertising companies and Camping World/Good Sam, a national distributor of recreational vehicles and camping-related products and services.

“Our staff is eager to begin work with the APG Media Group,” said VanDemark, “The commitment of the Adams Publishing Group to community journalism is well known. I am confident that their involvement will be beneficial to our advertisers, subscribers and Defiance and area communities.”

Dix Communications, previous owner of The Crescent-News, has owned and operated the newspaper and related products for the past 64 years, purchasing it from the Lee Tustison in 1951.

Dix Communications president, G. Charles (Chuck) Dix II said, “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve the greater Defiance Community and the people—both past and present—that make it a wonderful place to work and live.  My father, Gordon, and my brother Steve (both deceased), and our families loved Defiance.  We have been fortunate in the past 30 plus years to have leaders like Steve VanDemark and all The Crescent-News associates who do their best to offer quality products, news coverage and support the community.”