imPRESSions Worldwide (Booth 2662) announced the sale of an 18 unit Urbanite press to Middle Georgia Printing Cooperative LLC (MGPC). The press will anchor a new production facility being built in Macon, GA, to support the owners’ need to find a better production platform for their newspapers. The group prints on a double wide KBA flexo press today and will convert to the Urbanite to gain flexibility and cost control.
The new Urbanite press will provide MGPC with four webs of process color and two webs of black. The press is capable of producing one single broadsheet product of up to 48 pages with 32 in color. The press can also be split to run two products simultaneously. US Automation will supply new ultrasonic web detection and ink levelers to enhance the productivity. The new plant is scheduled to be up and running by January 1, 2013.
A. Mark Smith, President of MGPC stated, “Middle Georgia Printing Co-Op LLC looks forward to our new printing facility in Macon. Tom Reardon and the team at imPRESSions Worldwide have done an excellent job finding the best equipment available for our new plant. The new facility will enable us to grow even more and handle most any newspaper printing situation.”
Josh Lurie, Vice President at MGPC added, “Our company is made up of weekly newspaper publishers who were left without a place to print due to consolidation of metro dailies in Georgia. There isn’t another press of this size within two hours, and several other weekly newspapers have joined us to triple our volume in just two years. Building our own plant is giving us the opportunity to take our destiny into our own hands as we still see a bright future in print.
“Most of our newspapers have stayed strong despite the recession and continued to grow with a focus on local news and service to advertisers while bigger papers pull back. This new facility is going to give us even more flexibility and room to grow, and we can’t wait to be up and running.”