Post, Outlook celebrate print facility remodel with ribbon cutting
The Sandy Post, Gresham Outlook and parent company Pamplin Media Group (PMG) celebrated their newly renovated printing shop on Northeast Division Street in Gresham on Friday, April 20. The Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce marked the occasion with a ribbon cutting, sponsored by Riverview Community Bank.
"The Outlook has been in the community for 107 years," PMG President Mark Garber told the audience of chamber members, community supporters and company staff. "People always ask, 'What's the future of newspapers?' Community journalism is still doing quite well."
Don Atwell, general manager of PMG printing operations, gave a brief introduction to the opportunities the new insert machine, known as "The Dragon," will afford the company and the 23 Pamplin newspapers printed there.
"If you remember what this place looked like a few years ago, you probably remember the cubicles where there was an advertising staff here and a newspaper staff here. Well, obviously a few years ago we started encroaching on (Publisher) Steve (Brown's) area and kept pushing him forward and forward and forward. And, things just got to the point where everything was really annoying with all that incessant noise. You know, with the keyboards and everything," he joked. "We moved the newspaper staff out of this facility. That gave us an opportunity to restructure the area here and bring in what is now probably going to be known as 'The Dragon.'"
Atwell and Post/Outlook Publisher Steve Brown led tours of the renovated facility, explaining the printing process while educating the chamber members on the company's commercial printing opportunities, highlighting the company's digital press.
"All of our newspapers, with the exception of our two Central Oregon newspapers, are now being printed in this facility, being mailed out of this facility and being inserted in this facility," Atwell explained. "That's the first time in the history of the Pamplin Media Group that we've printed, mailed and distributed all of our newspapers out of our own facilities. We're really proud of that."