Sharper image in the new century

By: Jim Rosenberg

When Manhattan loses its last general-interest daily newspaper printing operation later next year, the change will be part of another, larger disappearing act in the next century.
With the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, The Des Moines (Iowa) Register, and the Chicago Sun-Times already going to offset, when the New York Post moves production to its new plant, The Buffalo (N.Y.) News and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will be the only major metro dailies still running letterpress equipment.
The Milwaukee paper is in the final stages of press selection and may already have chosen a press; the Buffalo paper last reported it was still shopping.
The Kansas City (Mo.) Star runs Hoe Colormatic presses converted to offset.
Wisconsin’s Green Bay Press-Gazette, and New York’s Albany Times Union, Utica Observer-Dispatch, and Syracuse Herald American, Syracuse Herald-Journal, and The (Syracuse) Post-Standard are among the remaining letterpress sites.
A few other operations have slip-in flexo units in their letterpress lines or have letterpress-to-flexo conversions.

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