"The plant is evolving," said Paul Gledhill, former vice president of operations at the agency, which publishes The Denver Post and (Denver) Rocky Mountain News (daily combined, 450,616; Saturday, 490,471; Sunday, 600,229) under a joint operating agreement.Gledhill, who along with former senior vice president of operations Frank Dixon oversaw the 2-year project, retired last month after 17 years at the agency.
Former Denver Newspaper Agency vice president of operations Paul Gledhill
helped spearhead the two-year project.
DNA's upgrade of its postproduction was equally critical, Gledhill
The transition - from two print sites and older technology to a single facility cloaked with automation and new equipment - "took long hours of discussion integrating two workforces into a single site" Gledhill
said."It's been slow but sure, considering the radical change."
The journey hit a brief roadblock in late October, when deliveries of both the News and Post were delayed for several days by glitches associated with producing editions inflated by extra pages and advertising related to the Colorado Rockies' World Series appearance.Gledhill
said the delays were primarily due to managing the physical size of the papers, which necessitated collect runs."It was a challenging time," he
"Modern day printing technology is wonderful, but it requires operator discipline," he
"We'll be looking at competing for commercial work as it becomes available," Gledhill
Gledhill calls it ‘30'
In 1959, when Paul Gledhill
first newspaper job as a paper handler at the Los Angeles Times
, the paper was produced on hulking letterpresses at its downtown Spring Street headquarters and a room-sized computer was needed to handle hyphenation and justification of copy slated for the Times'
classified pages.Former Denver Newspaper Agency vice president of operations Paul Gledhill
didn't remain long as a paper handler.He became a press operator in the early 1960s and got his first management job in 1973, when he was promoted to pressroom foreman. By the time he left the Times, in 1990, to join the (Denver) Rocky Mountain News, Gledhill had become the Los Angeles paper's vice president of operations.Along the way, he oversaw the Times' greatest production expansion in history as the paper built or reconstructed facilities downtown, in the San Fernando Valley and in Orange County.
"It all revolved around the people and being able to communicate," he
said about the success of those multimillion-dollar projects.
Those experiences helped Gledhill
and former DNA senior vice president of operations Frank Dixon spearhead the agency's production upgrade.
remains optimistic about the future of newspapers.
"We've been through tough times before," he
said."But newspapers have a tremendous ability to collect information and news.They just have to find ways to move that information profitably."Gledhill
, 66, moved to San Diego with his wife, Mary Phil, where they will be close to their family.