Printing press changes are coming to The Daily Herald

A new press is expected to be operating later this year.

Herald publisher Rudi Alcott

Herald publisher Rudi Alcott

By Rudi Alcott / Herald publisher

All great things come to an end, the saying goes. But sometimes, they lead to new beginnings.

One of those starts with our April 4 edition.

Sunday night, the last editions of The Daily Herald printed at a plant at Paine Field will roll off the press.

The Herald’s parent company, Sound Publishing, is in the process of installing a new printing press that will allow for more pages, more color, better quality and a faster printing speed. For those of you, like me, who have moved your household many times throughout your life and know what kind of a massive pain that can be, try to imagine what it is like to install a press that took 53 tractor trailer loads to get here. I am at the age in my life where I can barely pick up a keyboard, much less equipment that weighs as much as a blue whale. Monday, we begin that heavy lifting.

To make the transition, we must decommission our current press while we begin the process of commissioning our new one. This will take us several months. In the meantime, we’ve partnered with other newspapers in Washington to use their printing capabilities to make sure that you continue to receive The Herald every day as you have come to rely on. I ask each of you, our loyal readers, to bear with us during this time. You may see some differences in the layout. We could have some color and quality control issues pop up from time to time, as well. Rest assured we’re already working hard to mitigate those issues. Still, I do anticipate there will be days where it doesn’t always go to plan. Should that occur, please contact us and we’ll try to fix the problem. Also, keep in mind your subscription allows you to read the printed edition online in a page-turning format, just like the printed edition. Simply log in to, and on the menu select the option for print edition. You can also read a replica of the printed paper on The Daily Herald mobile app.

We welcome you along on this journey as we embark on installing a press that will last us another 20 years. I look forward to this next phase of our commitment to being your local community news source. Thanks for being a Herald reader.

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