More changes for Gannett Carolinas’ dailies

On the heels of outsourcing of printing to Halifax Media Group papers, Gannett’s Greenville (S.C.) News and Asheville (N.C.) Citizen Times have begun restructuring their newsrooms, including the elimination of a number of top-level management positions. The Greenville News, meantime, is also planning to sell its building.

“Wrenching changes like this don’t come without some pain,” The News’ new Managing Editor William Fox wrote in a column posted to “There will be fewer management positions and a smaller number of production-related roles. Staff will need new tools and skill sets in order to fulfill their new roles.”

 Gannett this spring said it would shift printing of The News and to Halifax’s Herald Journal in Spartanburg, S.C., and shift production of The Citizen-Times to Halifax’s Gaston Gazette in Gastonia, N.C.

For The News’ part, Fox said the paper will endeavor to put more reporters on the street. Fox, a longtime editor at the paper, was promoted to his managing role in February. The paper’s Publisher Steve Brandt will retire in October; a move he said is unrelated to the changes at the paper.

South Carolina Business News unit GSA Business reported that Joshua Awtry, who was appointed in December as executive editor of both the Greenville News and the Asheville Citizen-Times, said reporters at both papers have been given an outline of the updated newsroom structure and asked to apply for the new jobs, which come with different titles and responsibilities.



Compact Foilers to Launch Low-Cost CF1000PM Press Mounted Module at GRAPH EXPO 14

“The new unit will enable customers to transform their printing with Cold Foil to create metallic colors, fine detail, half tones, large areas on paper, plastics and board,” said Tim Self, Compact Foilers director. “The unit can also produce some exciting 3D-holographic effects in UV varnish (cast and cure).”

The CF1000PM is a low-cost module for customers who want to create these effects with minimal set-up costs. The unit has many of the features of the popular CF1000 portable module including foil-saving, tension control and rapid set up. Compact Foilers has a large installation base of its portable units. The new press mounted module will open the door to a number of potential customers who may have found the costs prohibitive in the past.

Press mounted units may be slow to load and set up, especially when running large or multiple reels due to the shaft and reel handling. The Compact Foiler system eliminates the need to remove the shafts or use a crane, reducing set-up time dramatically. The reel shafts remain in the module and are cantilevered for the loading/unloading of reels using the automatic roll manipulator. Multi reels can be slid easily and quickly into position using their laser alignment system in complete safety. The foil or multi reel webs are joined to the previous set using the splice tables provided, shutter guard closed and the module is ready for operation.

The units are designed to run in harmony with all types of presses and operate with minimal supervision leaving print technicians free to focus on their normal duties.

“We believe we are the only supplier with the sensitive tension control required to run cold foil multiple times,” commented Self. “Our unique registration and multi-run saving systems complement the multi-reel (zoned foiling), giving customers a range of options that can be selected to reduce waste by up to 75 percent.”

The company assumes full responsibility for the supply and integration of all the press modification parts to divert the web from the module, through the press and back to the rewind. It fits its own sensors to the press to monitor speed, position of cylinder/gap and blanket cylinder position. The only connection it integrates with the press control is the Emergency stop circuit. It has total closed-loop monitoring of the module functionality with sensors for web break, blanket wrap and end of reel.

Key Features of the new CF1000PM: 

  • Fits all makes and sizes of press
  • Low-cost universal solution
  • No crane or heavy shaft/reel handling with fast changeover
  • Long run lengths (16000m)
  • Three different foil-saving options
  • Run Cold foil up to three times (pattern permitting)
  • Cast and cure 20 times (film dependent)
  • Compact design with short web path
  • No contact with the coated side of web over the press
  • Runs at full-press speed
  • Safety interlocks for blanket wrap and web break detection
  • Laser reel and core set up
  • Ultrasonic diameter measurement
  • Rapid delivery and installation
  • Approved for use on new and used presses