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Spirit views addition of new press equipment as a community investment

September 16, 2011

The addition of three new units to the press at The Spirit would not be possible without the work of (from left) Chuck West, head pressman at The Ridgway Record; Scott Trebesch, Spirit head pressman; and LG Brown and Steve Batty of the LG Brown Company. (Photo by Tom Chapin/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Some readers will notice a difference with the newspaper, others will not.

The change, whether you’ve observed it or not: For one, the paper  may now and then consist of one section, as opposed to several eight-, six- or four-page sections.

The origin: Three new units for The Spirit’s press were installed as part of an ongoing expansion of the paper, which, over the past few months, has included the return of its job shop, a return to full local printing operations. 

“In a time when most newspapers are consolidating, we are growing,” Spirit Publisher Mary Jude Troupe said.

This week, a crew from the LG Brown Company of Mexico, Mo., delivered and installed numerous pieces of equipment, most notably three new units that were added to The Spirit’s existing 1962 Goss Community Press.   

“We are going from five press units to eight press units, and each unit weighs between 3,600 and 5,200 pounds,” Troupe said. “Two of the units are stacking units, while the third unit is a mono-unit. Also, two units on the press now include decking. The new look is impressive and much more efficient.”

What does this mean for the newspaper? The addition of the new units allows more printing alternatives with color, as well as the number of pages in each issue. 

More importantly, what does this mean for the community?

“The Punxsutawney Spirit is investing in our community and securing the future of our local daily paper,” Troupe said, noting that The Spirit employs 34 people who live and shop in the community. The newspaper also donates to many local organizations and charitable events. 

“This investment gives back full circle to our town and residents for supporting the paper, both as our readers and as our advertisers,” she said.  

Interestingly, these major upgrades to the newspaper’s physical plant and its production capabilities coincide with The Spirit’s annual Appreciation Day event next Saturday. 

“We are, in a very real sense, demonstrating our gratitude by investing in new ways to provide more and better services for the business community and our subscribers,” Troupe added.  

“As publisher of The Spirit, I am very proud of the constant progress our paper is making year after year,” she said. “The paper has consistently added new technology, machinery and capabilities for the past 10 years. These changes secure the future of Punxsy having a daily paper. We are very fortunate and thankful.

“Once everything is completed, The Spirit will have an open house so that the community can stop in and see for themselves what we have done and what we can do for our readers and advertisers,” Troupe said.

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