‘Horry (S.C.) Independent’ Publisher Picks Orient Super Press

By: E&P Staff

Waccamaw Publishers Inc., the Conway, S.C.-based publisher of three South Carolina weeklies — the 6,500-circulation Horry Independent; 2,500-circulation Loris Scene; and the 38,000-circulatoin News & Shopper — has ordered a new eight-unit, 30,000 copy-per-hour single-width Orient Super press from Printers House Americas LLC, the Roswell, Ga.-based pressmaker said.

The new press, expected to be installed in late summer, will allow Waccamaw to double the amount of four-color pages available to its advertisers while running at nearly twice the speed of current equipment with significantly reduced paper waste, according to Printers House Americas.

The one-page-around, cold-set press has four mono units, a four-high tower and the first Orient X-Cel 2:2 jaw folder to be installed in the United States. The X-Cel folder delivers half- and quarter-page folds, is equipped with double nips and air former boards, and can operate at speeds in excess of 30,000 cph. It also has provision for cross perforation and double parallel folds.

The press allows printing on as many as five webs with up to four pages of process color.

“We checked on a number of competing presses and talked with other publishers in South Carolina who are running Orient presses,” Publisher Steve Robertson said in a statement.

The Orient Super replaces a press that was bought used. Robertson said the new press was “a real bargain and makes it possible for us to purchase new equipment instead of going with another used press.”

Waccamaw typically prints multiple 12-page broadsheet sections for The Horry Independent and two sections for The Loris Scene. The News & Shopper is a tabloid printed in two 12-page sections. The new press will allow Waccamaw to print the shopper in one run instead of two.

Waccamaw also expects to cut paper waste from nearly 10% now to about 3% or 4%, Robertson said.

Printers House Americas President Al Taber said the sale represented a continuing expansion of the installed base of Orient presses in the U.S.

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