By: E&P Staff
Accompanied by hail and rain, a “mini-tornado” that tore up a patch of southeastern Australia on the evening of March 2 damaged not only houses, cars, trees, and a train, but also “blew down two walls and damaged the printing press at The Border Mail,” in Wodonga, according to an account today in The Age, in Melbourne.
Border Mail Deputy Editor Cameron Thompson told Age reporter Sasha Shtargot that his paper was printed that night at The Daily Advertiser, in Wagga Wagga, while its press was being repaired.
No one at Goss International’s headquarters near Chicago could be immediately reached for comment on the extent or nature of the damage to the press. Three years ago, the Border Mail became the first site to install Goss’ Uniliner S one-plate-around, four-page-wide press. The paper later ordered a second Uniliner S color tower.
“We had guys working here through the night and at about 5 a.m. they got the press up and running,” Thompson told Shtargot, who reported no staff injuries from the storm.
Melbourne’s Sun Herald quoted Border Mail Chief Executive Tony Whiting saying that his paper “has been coming out for 100 years without missing an edition — we weren’t going to be the first ones to do it.”