By Samantha McDaniel firstname.lastname@example.org
CENTRAL ILLINOIS—The Journal-Courier is installing four new press units that will increase the quality of the printed publication for readers.
Regional General Manager Kent Kilpatrick said four out of 12 units on the press will be replaced to help increase the color use, as well as the quality of the Journal-Courier and its sister publication, The (Alton) Telegraph, and the other products printed in Jacksonville.
The press, installed in 1992, was expanded from an eight- to 12-unit machine in March 2013. They are replacing the added units with the newer units.
Peter Fleming, the regional director of operations for Civitas Media, the parent company of the Journal-Courier, said the units were bought from Metroland Media in Ontario, Canada.
“They are replacing four much older model units, that weren’t satisfactory for our purposes,” Fleming said.
He said they are going to simplify job setup for the press crew to help with efficiency and maintain high quality production.
In addition to the units, an extensive spare parts inventory was also bought.
The press produces more than 225,000 papers a week and the new units will allow larger products with more color.
“The company is committed to excellent reproduction and quality from an aesthetic standpoint for our readers and advertisers,” Kilpatrick said.
Civitas Media, the Journal-Courier and The Telegraph want to provide the best quality product and the new equipment will help do that, he said.
“We are confident that the new equipment will allow us to do better and provide the award-winning reproduction quality that we have been known for and recognized for over the years,” Kilpatrick said.
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