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Yellow Press Is Mark of Pride

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Yellow Press Is Mark of Pride

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Indiana daily's $9 million production plant will feature a new press of the same color

FOR MORE THAN a quarter of a century, one of the landmarks in downtown Columbus, Ind., has been the Goss Urbanite press -- painted a brilliant yellow -- that sits in the modern glass headquarters of the Republic.

"When [architect] Myron Goldsmith was designing the building, he conceived of the Urbanite not only as a press -- but a kind of sculpture," recalled Republic vice president Jeffrey N. Brown. "So we had to paint it something, and yellow seemed like a pretty color."

Now that the Republic is constructing a $9 million production plant in an industrial park out by I-65, the new press will sit under glass facing the interstate -- and it will be yellow as well.

"Of course, our production folks don't like it because it shows ink a lot," Brown said with a laugh.

And this newest yellow press should make quite an impression: It will be almost twice as big as the one downtown. The Republic is replacing its old press with a 12-unit Dauphin Graphic Machines DGM-850 press, which is similar to a Goss Urbanite.

With a press speed of 50,000 copies per hour and with its folders located in the center of the press configuration, the Dauphin can be fed webs from both ends of the press.

In addition, the Republic is adding a flying paster, from Jardis Industries, that will eliminate the present need to stop the press to change rolls twice during runs. The daily press run should be cut from 110 minutes now to about 50, according to production director Neil Thompson.

Doubling the number of folders to two will also allow the paper to do more commercial jobs completely in house, Thompson said. In addition to the daily, the plant will print approximately 50 special publications and a variety of commercial jobs. Perhaps most important, the new press is adding color capacity, said publisher Don Bucknam.

"The newspaper industry has changed dramatically in the 26 years our current press has been in operation," he said. "While we have always been a pacesetter in color quality, the demand for color is much greater today for both our newspaper advertisers and our commercial customers."

With the new press, the Republic has the capacity to print a 24-page broadsheet newspaper with process color on each page, while the current press is limited to four-color on eight pages and spot color on another 16 pages.

Brown -- a great-grandson of Isaac T. …

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