Newspapers--(Don't) Stop the Presses!
Other jobs at Chronicle Printing include The Daily Campus, UConn's student-run paper (10,000 daily circulation), as well as a string of weeklies and targeted newspapers.
The Chronicle also produces menus for local restaurants, along with fliers for local advertisers—lumber, hardware and grocery stores—and also prints the Connecticut Hospice Association's publication. Other publications include a real estate book and a 52-page booklet celebrating the Huskies' recent NCAA title. Print runs range from 3,000 to 100,000.
In all, Chronicle Printing churns out a quarter million copies a week (discounting its daily paper), which keeps the presses running seven hours a day.
"We're printing on a seven-unit Web Leader press; we've set up two lines with two folders," Crosbie says. "The press has angle bars, so we can steal webs from either line. We're flexible enough to plate up a job on both lines and print at speeds of 40,000 copies an hour."
Crosbie points out that Chronicle Printing has also expanded its prepress capabilities and now accepts digital transmissions. Color work has enjoyed an increase, as well. Labeling and collating are among its other services.
Chronicle Printing has a five-member press crew with a camera person rotating. It helps that two of the workers have been on board for more than 30 years, with one 40-plus-year veteran.
"We're in a somewhat rural area, so we try to be a full-service printer for our region," Crosbie says. "We cover southern New England, really anywhere to which we can get our truck."
Publishers Press, of San Jose, CA, produces three weekly publications—The Palo Alto Weekly, The Almanac and Mountain View Voice—a total circulation of 110,000. Part of the Embarcadero Publishing Co., Publishers Press' printing plant is 25 miles away in San Jose, where it prints outside titles such as The Jewish Bulletin, East Bay Express and the Carmel Pine Cone.