ACROSS the nationFebruary 2009
MOUNT VERNON, WA—Skagit Publishing has moved its news, advertising, circulation, business and administration staffs into the company’s new headquarters building here.
The 59,000-square-foot complex includes a production department that houses a new Manugraph DGM 440 web press with 16 units configured as three color towers and two two-high black towers. Ribbon decks will allow for printing three pages across the cylinders for a total capacity of 42 broadsheet pages in a single press run. The press capacity will be 40,000 newspapers per hour, with an average speed of 30,000 cph.
About 120 employees now work in the new complex, which consolidates several locations, as well as the newspapers each printed, including the daily Skagit Valley Herald, the weekly Anacortes American, Courier-Times and Argus newspapers, as well as several specialty publications.
Skagit Publishing has also reached an agreement with the McClatchy Co. newspaper chain to print the McClatchy-owned Bellingham Herald daily newspaper, slated to begin mid-2009.
OSCEOLA—A new 20x29? KBA 74 Karat DI waterless sheetfed press, equipped with a keyless Gravuflow inking system and coater, has been added at the American Greetings facility here.
IRWINDALE—Printer and direct mailer The Processors has installed a Canon imagePRESS C7000VP digital press to strengthen its portfolio of services to include variable data printing.
PALO ALTO—To produce a wide range of personalized books, posters and custom-made gifts for children, Web-based company Frecklebox, a subsidiary of Progressive Solutions, invested in an HP Indigo 7000 digital press.
SACRAMENTO—Customer+, a Web-to-print and online marketing automation system from Responsive Solutions, has been installed at Dome Printing.
MANCHESTER—Three sheetfed offset presses have been added at Allied Printing Services: a six-color Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 with coater and a pair of six-color Speedmaster XL 75 perfectors with coaters.
SUWANEE—A new four-color Printmaster PM 52 sheetfed offset press, Suprasetter SCL 74 platesetter and Prinect workflow system, all from Heidelberg, constitute the recent technology upgrade at Rich Printing.
DAVENPORT—The Fidlar Cos.’ clients in the Quad-Cities area of Iowa and Illinois are now enjoying offset-quality digital printing from the company’s new six-color HP Indigo press.