Flexible new press an upgrade for family-owned publisher

While an increasing number of print sites are closing, the Post and Courier Charleston, South Carolina, is installing a new press as an alternative to updating its existing double-width line.

ImPressions Worldwide are working with Swedish press automation specialist DCOS to move and install an eight-tower Goss Magnum sourced from Skelleftea in Sweden.

The 560mm cut-off press - which has two N40 folders - in being installed in a new facility in North Charleston. In addition to the family-owned daily Post & Courier, it will print commercial work in a variety of widths, improving quality and reducing waste.

Impressions president Tom Loesch says he is pleased to be working with DCOS to provide a solution that will improve print quality and expand capabilities. "The team in Charleston is one of the best in the business and we are fortunate to be working with them again," he says.

"The Post and Courier took a pragmatic approach evaluating this capital investment against updating its double-wide legacy presses and determined their employees, readers and advertisers would be best served going forward with a flexible, automated single-wide press format.

"This investment demonstrates Print is Alive and a viable resource for trusted local and in-depth news reporting."

• Meanwhile, in North Carolina, two McClatchy papers are moving printing to enable the closure of the Garner production facility.

News & Tech has reported that production of the News & Observer in Raleigh, and the Herald-Sun in Durham will move to Fayetteville in April, with the loss of 48 full-time and 33 part-time positions in Garner.

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