Lee Enterprises Purchases 31 Kodak Trendsetter News Platesetters and Kodak Workflow Systems in Major Modernization
ROCHESTER, NY—Aug. 23—Lee Enterprises, which publishes 56 dailies and more than 300 weeklies, classified and specialty publications across 23 states, has signed an agreement to acquire 31 Kodak Trendsetter News Thermal Platesetters, along with Kodak’s Workflow and Screening, in a move to improve quality and increase output at production facilities across the United States.
“With Kodak’s thermal digital solutions, we expect to produce a better looking product for our readers and advertisers, while saving time in production that will give our editorial staff more deadline flexibility,” said Brian Kardell, VP of Production and Chief Information Officer, Lee Enterprises Inc. “We have already been using Kodak Platesetters and Workflow in five subsidiaries and experiencing process control and cost savings, convincing us to make this major investment to upgrade our printing operations.”
Lee Enterprises is the fourth largest newspaper publisher in America in terms of dailies owned. Based in Davenport, Iowa, Lee’s newspapers have a combined daily circulation of 1.6 million and 1.9 million on Sundays, while its weekly publications reach 4.5 million households.
“Lee Enterprises is a major newspaper publisher facing many of the same business challenges that other newspaper publishers are grappling with daily. The Trendsetter News Platesetters and Kodak’s workflow systems deliver fast and reliable imaging, with features that help reduce costs and speed up the production cycle,” said Karen Mitchell, Regional Marketing Manager Newspaper Segment, Kodak.
Dailies installing Kodak’s thermal digital solutions in 2007 include: The Citizen, Auburn, N.Y.; Billings Gazette, Billings, Mont.; The Southern Illinoisian, Carbondale, Ill.; Casper Star-Tribune, Casper, Wyo.; The Post-Star, Glens Falls, N.Y.; Independent Record, Helena, Mont.; Missoulian, Missoula, Mont.; Rapid City Journal, Rapid City, S.D.; The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho; The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill.; Sioux City Journal, Sioux City, Iowa; The Daily Herald, Provo, Utah; Quad-City Times, Davenport, Iowa; Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis; and St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis.