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Daily Gazette (Schenectady) Buys New Printing Press

The Daily Gazette (Schenectady) is investing $1.5 million in a replacement printing press. The press —

with five Manugraph DGM 440 towers — will help the Hume family-owned newspaper cut costs and open new revenue streams at a time when both its print and online circulation is steadily rising.

 

The Gazette’s total circulation increased by about 5  percent between March 2012 and March 2013,

according to the Alliance for Audited Media. During that time the newspaper gained approximately 1,000 new print readers — an increase of 2.8 percent.

 

“Our print readership is growing and the growth in our audience is a reflection of the important role our

newspaper plays in the community,” said Dan Beck, The Gazette’s general manager. “The new press

represents the Hume family’s commitment to the community, our employees and the company.”

The offset presses were purchased from AFL Web Printing Company in Secaucus, New Jersey, which

closed its printing plant in February. The DGM 440 will replace the Colormax flexographic units The

Gazette has used since 2003. Once an industry standard, the flexographic units are increasingly

being replaced because of the prohibitive cost of producing the plates needed for the press.

 

The DGM 440 will be installed in the warehouse, where newsprint is now stored. Once the

replacement press is online, the old press will be removed and sold.

 

Beck said switching to the DGM 440 will save The Gazette money in production costs. The new

towers will streamline an operation that was slightly cumbersome during the pre-press process.

 

“We’ll become more cost-efficient and benefit from cost savings over our previous process,” he said.

Once operational, the one-around single-width offset press can whip through roughly 45,000

impressions per hour. In layman’s terms, The Gazette will be able to print the day’s paper in less than an hour.

 

The towers can also print a variety of sizes — something the old press was incapable of doing. Beck

said being able to print different sizes will also allow the newspaper to contract out printing services to other clients. “This will allow us to pursue additional commercial work,” he said. “Our goal is to keep this

press busy.”

 

Beck said the alternative to buying a new press was to outsource the Gazette’s press operations. But that would have resulted in lost jobs for the paper and decreased flexibility for its print deadlines.

“We chose to keep people working at our plant, invest in the company and invest in the future,” he said.

“We believe in print today and we’re moving our company forward.”

 
 

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