Larger Daily, Later Deadline in Scranton

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By: Jim Rosenberg

To support increased coverage and later deadlines for next summer’s planned merger of the afternoon Scranton (Pa.) Times into The Tribune, a morning paper, Times-Shamrock Communications will increase its printing and inserting capacity. The $4 million investment includes a 10,000-square-foot expansion of its plant, with space for future growth.

Announcing his company’s plans, Publisher George V. Lynett said copies of the merged Times-Tribune will have an average of four more pages and extend coveraged within four of the seven counties now served. (See Monday’s E&P Online story, “In Scranton, Pa., Another P.M. Paper Says Good Night.”)

Because a later deadline is the aim of the expansion, says Production Director John McAndrew, “our goal is to run our press straight instead of collect,” which should allow “a later press start than we have now.” To boost both page and color capacity, “we’re going to be adding three Headliner Offset units” to the existing six-unit Goss HO press, says McAndrew. Type of unit and source have yet to be determined.

The expansion will provide more space for storage and post-press operations. The latter will go from one to two inserting lines when Newstec overhauls the existing GMA SLS-100OA, matching it to a second that it will supply, giving the mailroom two 14-into-2 machines.

Groundbreaking is slated for early next year, with the goal of having the mailroom completed by May 1. The expanded press, says McAndrew, “we’re hoping to have … going before the end of 2005.”

In addition to producing a larger paper on a later deadline, the company looks to expansion of its commercial printing, which consists of weeklies, inserts, and stitch-and-trim magazine-type products.

“Right now we’re hoping that our employee count won’t go down,” thanks to that commercial printing, says McAndrew, adding that such work may eventually require more personnel.

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