*Press success in Pittsburgh: Block Communications Inc., owner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Goss International, maker of web printing presses, said last week that last year's installation of the first triple-wide Uniliner press has pleased both the newspaper and its customers. The press can print six, 11-inch-wide pages across with 80,000 full-color 48-page papers per hour in straight production or 40,000 96-page papers every 60 minutes in collect. It is also configured to run 15-inch tabloids with a 21-inch cutoff. Extensive in-line folders were also designed into the press and can change from straight to collect with a single-touch button. The line includes four, four-high towers with four reel stands, which are positioned at right angles to the press line. Block announced in May 2013 that it had signed a deal with Durham, N.H.-based Goss and in February 2014 it signed a lease in Clinton, Pa., for a 24,500-square-foot building. The new press started operations last September.
*Ancestry to scan Gannett papers: A company that specializes in helping people research their families' histories said this morning it would digitize all the full-page archives of the more than 80 of Gannett Co. Inc.'s titles. Ancestry.com LLC of Provo, Utah, will host the scanned pages on its site Newspapers.com and Gannett titles will also each provide access on an "Archives" link, where paid searches can be run. In addition, subscribers to Gannett papers will have free access to the most recent two years of the title's archives. Ancestry said it will scan every page of every issue of each Gannett title from its first day of publication up to the most recent 30 days and then add recent papers on a rolling basis. A test project was run at the McLean, Va. company's Cincinnati Enquirer and its 4 million pages are now available online.
*St. Louis contract extended: Members of the United Media Guild/CWA at Lee Enterprises' St. Louis Post-Dispatch signed a three-year extension of their contract last week in a 71-23 vote. The extension calls for two-percent pay raises annually starting this December. Commission-only sales representatives will switch to base-pay plus commission compensation with a base rate of $625 per week, while those who already had base-pay plus commission will up that base to $721 per week. Severance rules will remain the same, the newspaper technology web site NewsandTech.com reported. The site said medical premiums in St. Louis will increase from 25-30 percent by the end of the year, but the total medical premium would be frozen for the next two years. The Lee paper has seen staff reductions in recent months, with six laid off from the ad department in April and nine employees taking voluntary buyouts in July.