Colored ink runs through the veins of pressman Bob Streit, a 40-year veteran of Paddock Publications.
He calls the Daily Herald's Schaumburg printing center his second home, living less than a mile away.
"Even after all these years, the thrill of making a quality product and hitting the deadlines is what I love," Streit says.
The Daily Herald Printing Center is a $50 million, state-of-the-art facility seated along side the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway. Sitting on 21.5 acres of land with 160,000 square feet of space, the first press run began in December 2002 after moving from its longtime home in Arlington Heights.
The printing center has 75 press runs each week, producing the Daily Herald newspaper and numerous other publications, such as the Northwest Herald and other Shaw publications.
Two MAN Roland press units produce industry-quality color that has won many awards, including the North American Newspaper Color Quality Award.
The presses can print 65,000 newspapers per hour using newsprint rolls shipped in from Canada, arriving at the facility via railroad tracks.
To make sure there's always power to get the newspaper out, the facility is powered by two different power grids. If both fail, the newspaper PDF files can be sent via private radio frequency to another printing center, such as the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, for publication.
Because, as every newspaper employee knows, the news never takes a day off.
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