SCOTT TWP. – Employees of Times-Shamrock Communications cut a shamrock-colored ribbon Thursday to dedicate an expansion to its printing plant that provides new jobs and increases opportunities for commercial printing.
Dozens were on hand Thursday to celebrate the unveiling of a new printing press that CEO of Times-Shamrock Communications and publisher of The Times-Tribune, The Citizens’ Voice and The Standard-Speaker George V. Lynett Jr. affectionately dubbed “Franken-press.”
The new press, made of parts from various other Times-Shamrock plants, will more than double the plant’s capacity and offer color on every page for publications made on it, including The Citizens’ Voice and commercial print customers, Lynett said.
“It’s something we’ve never been able to offer before,” he said.
After speaking, Lynett handed the scissors to Corporate Production Manager John McAndrew to cut the ribbon and officially re-dedicate the Scott Township plant. The plant was originally dedicated in 1988, when the company began to print The Scranton Times and The Morning Times after press operations moved from downtown Scranton.
McAndrew said the day was a “big deal” for the company, with the new 24-unit press allowing it to grow and expand its business and commercial printing.
“One of the things we found over the past 10 years when we go out to commercial customers â?¦ is that we could not provide them with enough color,” McAndrews said. “Now we’re going to be able to do what not a lot of presses in the area offer and that’s color on every page. â?¦ We can provide customers with what they want.”
In addition to expanding business, McAndrews said the opening of a new press is also going to create jobs for the area. He said the plant has hired between 20 and 25 part-time employees and about eight full-time pressmen.
“It’s a lot of relief to a lot of people to know that there’s work going to be here,” McAndrews said.
Scott Lynett, CEO of Times-Shamrock Communications and publisher of The Times-Tribune, The Citizens’ Voice and The Standard-Speaker, said that the plant needed upgrades to stay competitive with today’s printing technology.
“This puts us on an equal footing with all the other commercial print houses out there,” Lynett said.