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McClatchy weekly plans new home.

THE PENINSULA GATEWAY, a McClatchy Newspapers weekly in Gig Harbor, Wash., expects to move this summer into a 13,200-square-foot office and production facility now under construction that will expand opportunities for commercial work and allow for twice-weekly publication.

With no more space, a growing business and plans to print a second weekly, Olympic Cascade Publishing was ready to relocate. Publisher and former owner Thomas C. Taylor said his 48 staffers work in an old house that has been expanded four or five times in the past few years.

Taylor lived in the house when he took over the 80-year-old Gateway. He sold the business to McClatchy two years ago with the understanding that it would get a new facility. The Wednesday-delivered Gateway, with 10,500-plus paid circulation, and its Monday shop. per offer a combined circulation of 28,500 and represent about 70% of Olympic Cascade's printing, with the remainder devoted to commercial jobs, according to Taylor.

On the west side of the state's third-largest metro area, Gig Harbor lies across the Narrows from Tacoma, where McClatchy owns the Morning News Tribune. Just east of Tacoma, in Puyallup, McClatchy publishes the twice-weekly Pierce County Herald.

The Herald is now printed by the News Tribune but production will move to Gig Harbor when the new plant there opens.

Blevins Harding Group was awarded the Gig Harbor project not long after it worked for the News Tribune on new production and packaging facilities (E&P, Nov.5,1994, p.11). The Boulder, Colo.-based consultants were asked to develop a design package for the Gateway facility that is consistent with the town's character, accommodates change, promotes an inviting working environment and provides sufficient parking and truck access.

According to BHG, Gig Harbor's existing fragmented operation, inability to expand and inadequate parking led planners to opt for construction of a remote facility on a 2 1/2-acre site.The building blends residential and light industrial designs. A cubical, window-covered lobby is distinct from the rest of the building, where the clerestory-lighted, expandable, press bay will house the existing six-unit Goss Community press, which will be visible from the entrance and parking area.

Open office areas are organized around a main daylit circulation path that connects the lobby with common areas. Outside, nature trails surround the building and connect to neighboring properties.

Elsewhere in Washington, Blevins Harding provided process consulting and capacity analysis for the Everett Herald.

Also for McClatchy, BHG recently performed programming, master planning and design work for a new facility at the Island Packet, Hilton Head, S.C.

Mactive In U.S.

PUBLISHING SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mactive AB, Helsingborg, Sweden, which claims over 50% of the Scandinavian market for publishing production and administrative systems, opened a U.S.-based company to handle sales in North and South America.

The North American market was "a natural next step," Goran Aulin, president of Mactive Inc., Melbourne, Fla., said in a prepared statement. The move follows Mactive's expansion in Europe, with systems now going into Belgium's Het Laatste Nieuws and Germany's Axel Springer Verlag. In all, Mactive editorial, advertising, circulation and distribution systems serve more than 80 newspapers at 60 sites.

Aulin said Mactive Inc. expects to provide product engineering and new products, as well as sales and support services. Among the latest products is the AdBase software for sales force automation.

Changes At SGAUA

WITH MORE THAN 450 members, and now open to all digital prepress professionals, the Scitex Graphic Arts Users Association has added scholastic membership categories, begun a joint initiative with another worldwide organization and, most recently, changed its name "in response to the changing needs of its members and the marketplace."

Early this month, directors renamed the organization Digital Graphic Imaging Technical Association. Announcing the change, the board quoted chairman Tom Cusack, prepress director of the Star-Ledger, Newark, NJ., as saying that the association's growth "in no way dilutes our commitment to Scitex users within our membership." The Scitex User Group will continue providing training and technical support as a component of DGITA.

For reduced annual fees, students and educators at institutions offering degrees in the graphic arts receive SGAUA's quarterly journal and monthly newsletter and may attend seasonal and annual meetings and technical sessions.

An evolving joint initiative between SGAUA and the International Prepress Association allows members of each organization to attend the other's meetings and workshops at member prices and to receive both groups' educational and promotional materials. Plans also call for joint technical and management meetings and annual conferences.

Serving the graphic communications industry for the past 100 years, IPA provides managerial, educational and specialized services and programs to more than 500 members worldwide.

Intergraph Sheds Optronics Unit

FONG BROTHERS COMPANIES have agreed to buy a majority interest in Optronics, the Chelmsford, Mass.-based graphic arts imaging systems division of Intergraph Corp.

The San Francisco-based Fong family's worldwide printing interests include a commercial plant in Brisbane, Calif., that has used Optronics equipment for more than five years and two joint ventures in China, where government-sponsored pilot programs of computer-to-plate imaging used Optronics PlateSetters.

Intergraph is to retain a minority interest in Optronics and a minority stake is to be offered to employees. President Tony Fong said the acquisition is part of a long-term strategy that includes CTP and on-press imaging.

In a related development covered earlier this month in the Seybold Report on Publishing Systems, Intergraph also closed its Retail Solutions Group, which grew out of the company's 1993 acquisition of Bestinfo, developer of PC-based systems for display ad makeup and catalog and magazine publishing.

The Optronics sale and demise of RSG follow the earlier abandonment of the DP Publisher color publishing system and mark the company's exit from the publishing systems business.

Stone, Abitibi To Merge

ANNOUNCED VALENTINE'S DAY, the proposed joining of newsprint-production giants Abitibi-Price Inc. and Stone-Consolidated Corp. will further consolidate the North American industry and create what may be the world's biggest maker of newsprint.

The new Abitibi-Consolidated would have approximately 8% of the world's and 18% of North America's newsprint production capacity, as well as close to a third of North American capacity for the groundwood specialty paper used by ad insert printers.

In its account of the $1.5 billion tax-free stock deal, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Canadian-based companies expect to save more than $74 million annually by consolidating functions and through productivity gains.

The merger, expected in spring, awaits approval by U.S. and Canadian regulators and the companies' stockholders. Chicago-based Stone Container Corp. acquired Consolidated-Bathurst in 1989, took the newsprint business public four years later and still owns 47% of Stone Consolidated.

In response to the merger announcement, Moody's Investors Service said it will review for possible upgrade the debt ratings of Stone-Consolidated and Rainy River Forest Products Inc. The latter, acquired by Stone in late 1995, was Boise Cascade's spun-off newsprint business.

Adobe Donates To Cal Poly

ADOBE SYSTEMS INC. donated four sets of 24 products to California Polytechnic State University's Graphic Communication Department. Valued at almost $165,000, with 60 licenses for each package, it is the largest gift of software ever made to the department.

Goss Issues Quarterly Report

GOSS GRAPHIC SYSTEMS, in its first earnings report since its purchase from Rockwell International, posted a $19.5 million net loss for the period ending Dec. 31 (shortened by the Oct. 15 conclusion of the sale) on net sales of $94.5 million.

While sales were almost $16 million behind last year's first quarter, Goss said income for what is typically its slowest period exceeded its earnings plan. Excluding $11 million in acquisition-related amortization and depreciation, Goss had operating income of $700,000.

Goss said it cut operating expenses by several million dollars, contributing to $11.7 million in cash flow primarily derived from customer advances on new orders and which also relieved borrowing under revolving credit facilities.

Goss' new order backlog rose to $496 million, 28% above the previous quarter's level and 9% above the same period in 1995. New customer orders for Goss newspaper and commercial presses for the shortened period were valued at $191.8 million, compared with $85.1 million in the same, full quarter a year earlier.
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Title Annotation:McClatchy Newspapers' Gig Harbor, WA, newspaper, the Peninsula Gateway
Author:Rosenberg, Jim
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Date:Feb 22, 1997
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