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Rodney Returns: Veteran Production Chief Now Directs NAA Newspaper Services

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Rodney Returns: Veteran Production Chief Now Directs NAA Newspaper Services

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THE MAN WHO managed production for Easton Publishing Co. when the American Newspaper Publishers Association/Research Institute was based in the same Pennsylvania town was named Newspaper Services director at ANPA/RI's successor, the Technology Department of the Newspaper Association of America, Reston Va.

John Rodney, who until early last year was production director for Guy Gannett Newspapers, Portland, Maine, takes over the position vacated in early July by Ed Eybers, who moved to the Tampa Tribune as quality assurance manager (see p. 27).

"I was missing the kind of dynamic nature of newspaper publishing," Rodney said of his own venture since leaving the operations he modernized for production of the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram.

Rodney set up shop in his Gorham, Maine, home to develop an anilox roller with an engraved proprietary polymer coating for use by commercial narrow-web flexo printers. The president of R/Tec Rollers, however, said he has signed over the business to his daughter, who worked on the entire project and will finish development and begin marketing the product.

"After a year's effort," he said, "I decided to get back into the newspaper business." He termed the timely opportunity to join the NAA "very influential" in that decision.

"I've always had an interest in NAA activities in the technology area," said Rodney, a five-year member of the ANPA/NAA technical committee. "The opportunity to participate and contribute to that, I thought, was just too good to pass up."

Rodney's participation goes back to his days in Easton, where he installed RI's keyless indirect letterpress at the Express (now the Express-Times). The project, which Rodney said in some ways was a forerunner of newspaper flexography, led to his close work with NAA engineer Harshad Matalia and the chance to get to know long-time NAA technology executives William Rinehart and George Cashau.

"That's when I developed an interest in the research and association side of the business," said Rodney. …

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