MUNSTER | Installation is underway on a new folder at The Times' main press, further demonstrating the company's commitment to investing in Northwest Indiana.
The folder folds newspaper pages as they feed through the press during the printing process.
The equipment being installed was bought from the Ledger-Enquirer, a newspaper out of Columbus, Ga., which moved its printing off-site, said Ben Brickman, print operations manager for The Times Media Co.
Crews working in continuous 12-hour shifts are expected to complete the project about 3 p.m. Thursday, Brickman said.
The Times will make some internal adjustments, such as meeting earlier deadlines, as it relies on its backup press in the meantime.
The company timed the installation to have a lessened impact on including news that happens at night.
"This was planned around things, like the Stanley Cup playoffs," said Dominic Crews, director of operations for The Times.
The installation is not expected to greatly affect readers, but there may be some delivery delays this week. Brickman likened the process to a "pardon our dust" construction project.
The Times is the only daily newspaper printed seven days a week in Northwest Indiana, and the purchase of the new folder, along with other capital investments over recent years, demonstrates its commitment to the Region, Crews said.
The Post-Tribune, formerly based in Indiana, moved its printing operations to Illinois in 2008. In March, its newsroom and advertising offices in Northwest Indiana closed. Editors work out of Chicago, and reporters work remotely.
"Lee (Enterprises) and The Times is investing in Northwest Indiana," Crews said.
The most recent folder on the main press, a 52,000-pound piece of equipment made of steel, was first installed in the Chicago Tribune in 1961. It was removed in 1975, sat in storage and was installed in The Times in 1989.
It has been re-engineered several times to meet the changing size of the newspaper page.
Its age makes it nearly impossible to find replacement parts, and its condition was deteriorating, so company leaders opted to buy a new, used folder.