By: E&P Staff
Next month, the Salina (Kan.) Journal will put a second press into production after starting up the one-around Goss Community press it has been installing for several weeks. The Community joins a two-around Goss Urbanite press installed in 1971.
The smaller press was acquired from the Hays (Kan.) Daily News to help print the two-dozen other newspapers and publications produced by the Journal’s pressroom, according to a July 11 Journal report by Tim Unruh.
Capacity became an issue as the volume of contract printing greatly increased since it began in 1990, when the first customer was Kansas State University’s student newspaper, the Collegian.
“KSU approached us with the idea of printing more color. They needed it to recruit more students to journalism,” Production Director Dave Atkinson told Unruh. “A lot of the jobs we got initially were based on quality,” Atkinson said. “Some of the other papers were printed on older presses that didn’t offer process color.”
Atkinson started his career in 1967 at the Hutchinson News -– like the Journal, a part of Harris Enterprises. “Years ago, every town had one press, but it was so costly to maintain that equipment that was idle most of the time,” he said. “It became economically feasible to outsource your printing.”
Atkinson thought of buying the Hays daily’s press when that paper outsourced its printing, and he ran the idea by Publisher Tom Bell. “The more I looked into it, the more I saw the wisdom in it,” Bell told Unruh.
With the Community, said Atkinson, “we’ll be able to run two presses at one time if we need to. I felt like we could save money by printing small jobs on the Community press, also produce less waste and use less power.” The second press also can serve as back-up should Urbanite break down.
Unruh reported the Journal will see no net increase in labor costs. The newspaper employed 10 press workers before the Collegian became a client, and now there are nine. One operator can run the smaller press, and one person was added in the mailroom.
Getting the new press in was another matter. It meant knocking down for interior walls, rearranging equipment, including inserters and the stitchers used with magazines, and breaking up the floor to pour a concrete pad for the 70-foot-long Community press.