The Union Democrat has earned three awards for outstanding print quality in a national newspaper competition.
The Inland Press Association awarded the newspaper Best of Show honors for its black and white reproduction - the best among 75 competing newspapers.
The Democrat also earned a first place for black and white, and a second place for full-color print quality, both in its circulation category.
Rick Quillen, Union Democrat operations manager, received the award at a ceremony in San Antonio, Texas, last week.
Quillen, a 30-year veteran at the newspaper, said: "This award was
a total team effort and I am very proud to work with this press crew.
Our production team coordinator, Karrie Frietas, lead pressman Scott
Finn and pressmen Troy Rush and Daniel Collins take great pride in
their work - and that's reflected in these awards."
Publisher Ron Horton and Quillen both acknowledged that the
substantial investment by Western Communications, owner of The Union
Democrat, in a new production and distribution plant on Camage Avenue
played a significant role in improvements in print quality.
The new facility opened in October 2007. Two new press units were
purchased and installed at that time. A new type of Kodak imaging
technology was also purchased and installed.
"The Kodak Trendsetter CTP plate-making system enables us to
process pages from computer to our press in a matter of minutes. And
the quality is first-rate," Quillen said.
Horton commented on the recognition: "These awards are a real
credit to Rick and his press crew. They are skilled in their craft and
set high standards for print quality day-in, day-out.
"The company's investment in new technology and new equipment is
very significant," Horton said. "It reflects the confidence we have in
our employees, in our community and the future of the newspaper