The News & Observer Publishing Co.


The News & Observer Publishing Co. publishes The News & Observer, one of the nationÂâ€Ã¢„¢s best regional newspapers, and also publishes four weekly newspapers offering community coverage in Chapel Hill, Cary, Johnston County and eastern Wake County. In 1994, the company launched which is one of the nationÂâ€Ã¢„¢s first and leading Internet service providers, and today it is home to and, the regionÂâ€Ã¢„¢s leading websites. The company is one of the regionÂâ€Ã¢„¢s major employers, with more than 1,200 full-time and part-time workers and a carrier force of about 750 independent contractors.
The company started their recycling program in 1991 and now collects and recycles the tantamount of 50 percent of its total newsprint consumption. Most of the newspapers and magazines collected from 327 sites in 19 counties are recycled into the newsprint. In addition to helping lowlands, recycling reduces the need for virgin newsprint, saves trees and helps the environment. In addition to The News & Observer, the company publishes newspapers in Cary, Chapel Hill, East Wake and Johnston County.
The News & Observer is produced by using 2 flexographic presses (ColorMax model) manufactured by KBA North America (York, Pennsylvania). Each press is comprised of 9 printing units capable of producing 8 newspaper pages. Consequently, each press is capable of printing 72 pages divided into four newspaper sections.

Unlike other printing processes such as letterpress and offset, which use largely petroleum-based inks, the flexographic presses employ water-based inks. The inks are composed of mostly water, acrylic resin and pigments. While petroleum-based inks never actually dry and they rub off on the hands of the readers, flexographic inks dry almost immediately upon contact with the paper and do not rub off at all under ordinary circumstances.

The News & Observer uses approximately 315,000 plates per year to produce the newspaper. In one year it also consumes approximately 30,500 tons of newsprint, 600,000 lbs. of black ink and 618,000 lbs. of color ink.

The News & ObserverÂâ€Ã¢„¢s growth is the result of their quality service to their customers. Every customer is important to The News & Observer, and meeting their needs is the basic fundamentals of their business.