Challenging the status quo. I don’t think this is something you ever overcome, but monitor and adjust constantly. We pride ourselves in our ISO certification and striving for continuous improvement. Our industry is changing rapidly that what was efficient six months ago may not be now. Constant attention to improving our process is a must.
Where do you see the future of print production?
I believe we will continue to see more print site consolidations and closures, particularly from smaller operations. Smaller papers and printers will look to outsource printing as their equipment ages and requires investment.
What printing technologies are you most excited about?
We have invested a lot of time reviewing digital printing solutions from a few vendors over the last year. The challenge is that the equipment is still very expensive and current through-puts are not ideal, but it is something we will continue to monitor as technology matures.
Chris Apel joined the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2011 as leader of the financial planning and analysis team. In January 2013, he was promoted to vice president of production and financial planning and analysis, adding to his finance responsibilities the oversight of Journal Communications printing facility in West Milwaukee, which prints the Journal Sentinel, three other daily newspapers and more than three dozen weekly publications in the Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago markets.