For its Janesville Facility

Bliss Communications selects a KBA Comet

YORK, PA – Citing the press’s high degree of technological flexibility, Bliss Communications has selected the KBA Comet for the Janesville (WI) Gazette, The Jotter, The Week of Walworth County, The Monroe Times of Green and Lafayette Counties and multiple other publications.

The new KBA Comet press for the Janesville/WI site of Bliss Communications

The single-width, double-circumference, floor-mounted press will be configured as four eight-couple towers. It will have five 90-degree KBA Pastoline reelstands, and a double KBA KF 3 (2:3:3) jaw folder.

Sidney H. Bliss, Chairman, Bliss Communications commented, “The purchase of this KBA Comet Press represents a milestone in the ongoing 161 year history of the Janesville Gazette and the Bliss Family. Our partnership with KBA demonstrates our belief in and commitment to the newspaper industry and the people and communities of Southeastern Wisconsin.”

According to Gary Owen, KBA North America’s director, marketing and newspaper sales, “It’s the configuration of the four formers that provides the heartbeat of this particular flexible design. By arranging them in two pairs – a pair in the lower superstructure and another above – they will be uniquely able to produce a variety of products, either simultaneously or independently.”

Established in 1845, the Janesville Gazette is the dominant source of news and advertising in southern Wisconsin. The paper circulates in all of Rock and Walworth counties, as well as portions of Green, Dane and Jefferson counties, hitting 22,696 homes daily and 25,750 on Sunday.

Signing the contract at Nexpo in Chicago, from the left:

Chuck Flynn (VP technical services, Bliss Communications), Sidney Bliss (chairman, Bliss Communications), Claus Bolza-Schünemann (deputy president, KBA), Gary Owen (director marketing and newspaper sales, KBA North America).

Looking on: Rob Lisser (CFO), Mary Jo Villa (VP human resources, circulation director), Joe LaChance (press room manager), Mike Harris (press operator), Tom Zilliox (press operator) and Tim Murrey (packaging manager) all of Bliss Communications



Claus Bolza-Schuenemann, Deputy President, Koenig and Bauer AG on hand for the signing during NEXPO 2006 echoed Mr. Bliss comments that, “the future is in print and Bliss Communications commitment to a new production facility including the KBA COMET provides additional support of this future notion.”

Other Bliss Communications papers include the EagleHerald of Marinette and Oconto counties and Michigan’s Menominee County; The Daily Globe based in Gogebic County Michigan, and Renaissance magazine, serving southern Wisconsin’s active adult population.

According to Owen, “This sale will give us an extraordinary mid-western KBA product showcase. Within a 100-mile radius, we’ll have this single-width Comet, a double-width Colora (Rockford Register Star) and a double-width Commander (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).”

Press capacity is 75,000 copies per hour (straight production) and 37,500 per hour collect production.


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