The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle Soars With a $14 Million Expansion and a New MAN Roland Uniset 75
Will the Tribune-Eagle follow the growing trend toward downsizing the format of the paper once the new press starts producing? “That is an editorial decision that they haven’t announced yet,” Thompson replies. “We’ve ordered the press to handle a narrower 48-inch web to give us the option for a smaller format paper if that decision is made.”
No decision needs to be made on UNISET’s ability to increase commercial printing opportunities at WTE. “We produce weekly shoppers for various areas now,” Thompson explains. “We do a lot of printing of course books and other material for the local community college. The UNISET will let us handle that work and to expand into new business with the additional productivity we can get from the press. Also, the added color and the higher print quality UNISET provides will let us branch out into projects we can’t tackle now.”
WTE’s Scott Walker notes that the marketing gears are already in motion. “We have already made some contacts with some web customers who we know need more color capacity,” he says. “As we get closer, we will pick up speed. The advantage we will have is new technology, with more capacity that will give the customer a better product while controlling prices.”
The Tribune-Eagle is also working to involve the community in its expansion. In early February, the paper ran a detailed story announcing its new press acquisition and WTE’s construction plans.
“Although the start-up of the new press is a ways off, we plan on a number of events,” Walker states, “including the possibility of some local walks for charity that will add up to the number of miles from Cheyenne to the MAN Roland plant in Germany.”
While details have yet to be finalized on WTE’s expansion celebration, it is clear that the family values that inspired the paper’s growth will continue to drive its winning ways.