Britton Services Working on Virginia, Ohio Press Installations

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By: E&P Staff

Britton Services Inc., Belvidere, Ill., has been contracted for its services at two U.S. production plants. One features Goss International’s newest offset printing system, and the other is a configuration of reconditioned and upgraded Goss offset presses that replace Goss Mark II equipment — some of the country’s last letterpress.

Goss International appointed Britton as mechanical contractor to help install the first Goss Flexible Printing System (FPS) press in the United States at The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., where the arrangement includes four full-color towers and a 72-inch web width for triplewide (six pages across) newspaper production.

Equipped with a commercial gas-fed dryer, the FPS at the Free Lance-Star will be able to produce coldset and heatset products.

The Vindicator in Youngstown, Ohio, hired Britton Services to complete its press installation by providing engineering, press-alignment, mechanical, electrical, and piping services.

The press arrangement includes reconditioned Goss Metroliner mono units and half-decks (removed from the closed Los Angeles Times Valley plant), mono units and half-decks stacked on other mono units, a Goss Metrocolor tower (from the Daily Breeze, Torrance, Calif.), and two folders.

The equipment originally was purchased from Northeast Industries with the aim of upgrading its operation and reducing its web width.

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