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Daily Herald Printing Center gets the news out

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  • Pressman Franz Sinkovits inspects the Daily Herald for color, registration errors and overall quality.

       Pressman Franz Sinkovits inspects the Daily Herald for color, registration errors and overall quality.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Senior pressman Bob Streit inspects the rolls of newsprint stacked five high and each weighing over a ton, which will be used in producing 36,000 papers.

       Senior pressman Bob Streit inspects the rolls of newsprint stacked five high and each weighing over a ton, which will be used in producing 36,000 papers.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The crisp, colorful pages of the Daily Herald newspaper roll off the press.

       The crisp, colorful pages of the Daily Herald newspaper roll off the press.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Pressman John Busch uses a loupe to get a closer look at a page off the press to make sure the register marks are in alignment. Minute adjustments are made to correct problems on the fly as the press continues to roll.

       Pressman John Busch uses a loupe to get a closer look at a page off the press to make sure the register marks are in alignment. Minute adjustments are made to correct problems on the fly as the press continues to roll.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Roll tender Mark Schoepke works in the reel room, feeding the "kite" up through the presses where it is pulled in to initiate the press run for the Daily Herald.

       Roll tender Mark Schoepke works in the reel room, feeding the "kite" up through the presses where it is pulled in to initiate the press run for the Daily Herald.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 

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.

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"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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