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Lehman Communications Puts New manroland Newspaper Press into Operation

May 2009
LONGMONT, CO—05/21/09—The first editions of the Longmont Daily Times-Call and Loveland Reporter-Herald to be printed on Lehman Communications’ brand new manroland Uniset press hit the streets early Tuesday morning, May 19. After completing due diligence on models from several manufacturers, the executive team decided to make a change. The new custom-configured manroland Uniset 75 press brings new print speed and expanded color capabilities that bode well for Lehman advertisers and readers throughout Colorado’s Front Range region and beyond.

“Five or six years ago we started having issues with color capacity and speed,” said Dale Carr, Director of Commercial Print Sales for Lehman Communications. “We’re a major printer for everything on newsprint including magazines, tabloids, and broadsheets with different web widths, upgrade papers and more. Most of the magazines are contract work, such as parks and recreation guides and similar local-area publications.

“With the new press, we expect to continue the type of work we’re doing now but much more of it. Being able to run a 64-page tab with full-color on every page is unique to this marketplace, especially on the contract side. This will be a real plus with our customers,” Carr said.

The new Uniset 75 and Lehman’s production operation are housed in the 60,000 square-foot Print Center in Berthoud, located 45 miles north of Denver and about halfway between Longmont and Loveland, said Publisher Ed Lehman.

“The editorial and advertising departments will stay in their respective cities. The production facility gives us the advantage of having our newsprint on site, which will make the whole operation more efficient.”

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Lehman said projected growth and long-term needs were key issues that were considered when the decision to look into a press was made.

“No one can predict the future. But you certainly can plan for it and the best time to do it is before you really need to make a move.”

Lehman management contacted several manufacturers who could provide the press size and speed needed. A series of on-site visits to operations running each company’s equipment were scheduled. Ultimately, three finalists were selected for detailed presentations and proposals.

Several specific Uniset features impacted Lehman’s decision to select manroland. The automatic web-up system is the industry’s fastest at 50 meters per minute. The turbo dampening system is designed for flexibility to handle multiple substrates. Another is the set of automation options that are linked with manroland’s printnet press controls. Telepresence,® manroland’s impressive remote diagnostic services package, played a key role.
 

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