New printing plant is cool; come see for yourself
Some say the future of our business is digital.
That might be true, but we’re not giving up on the printed product just yet. Not by a long shot.
Bliss Communications is so confident that ink on paper will be around for a while that it built a $22 million printing and distribution plant. The place went online in October, and it’s been pumping out fine-looking newspapers ever since.
The Internet is cool. No doubt about that. But the technology on display at the new printing and distribution plant takes cool to a whole different level. It combines the best of the old world – newsprint, ink, printing press, etc. – with the computer age in a way that boggles the mind.
See for yourself this Sunday. Really. It’s a fascinating place whether you are interested in how a newspaper is produced or not.
Bliss Communications, publisher of the Gazette and other daily and weekly publications, will have an open house at the new plant from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Come on out to 333 S. Wuthering Hills Drive and have a look around. It’s free, and you might even walk away with some goodies.
For sure, you will get a good look at a sparkling new plant and some amazing equipment. The centerpiece is the KBA Comet press built in Germany. It’s 35-feet tall, weighs 370,000 pounds and is capable of producing 75,000 copies per hour. At top speed, the paper travels 1,860 feet per minute.
Special press runs are scheduled for 2 and 4 p.m., so try to plan your visit around one of those times. The press at full bore is a sight to see.
Among other things, you’ll also get a look at the mailroom equipment, which is pretty amazing in its own right. That equipment sorts, stacks and distributes the papers automatically and ensures that the right advertising inserts are put in the right papers.
Bliss and Gazette staffers will be on hand to guide visitors and answer questions. So come on out Sunday for a few minutes or a few hours. We’d love to have you.