By: Jim Rosenberg
Make that nine suppliers of double-wide newspaper presses.
George R. Hall Contracting has developed all the changes necessary to create a shaftless double-wide color offset tower for 50-inch webs using the Dauphin Graphic Machines (DGM) 860 as a base design. The new 16-foot-high tower was developed to fit into most existing newspaper press halls.
Hall — the pressroom-installation specialist based in Avon Lake, Ohio — will sell the press, which DGM — the press maker headquartered in Elizabethville, Pa. — will manufacture to Hall’s specifications.
Word of the new press first circulated several weeks ago at the annual Metro Users Group meeting, but Hall President Bill Moore and Dauphin Sales and Marketing Vice President David Moreland confirmed the arrangement only last week at the America East newspaper operations and technology conference and trade show in Hershey, Pa.
Moreland stressed, however, that it will be a Hall press, for which his company is providing only the manufacturing. “We didn’t want to give our customers cause for alarm that we’re spreading ourselves too thin” by entering the double-wide market, he added.
Hall’s press would become the only double-wide made in America by an American-owned company, because Goss Graphic Systems last year closed its plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
KBA North America has some double-wide manufacturing capacity at its York, Pa., plant, and Heidelberg Web Systems builds such presses in Dover and Durham, N.H. Both are U.S. affiliates of German companies.