Aiken Standard: Still growing and building for the future


The Aiken (S.C.) Standard is in the process of deconstructing its 34-year-old printing press and clearing space in the pressroom for a more powerful and faster printing press.

"To put it mildly," an editorial in the paper said, "we've run it to pieces. We estimate that in its lifespan, we ran the press for 124,100 hours – the equivalent 24/7 for a straight 14 years. She was a good press, but we will hold the door open as she's put on a truck and close it tightly afterward. The old press will most likely be sold for parts and scrap metal."

Unlike many other newspaper companies, the Aiken Standard's parent company, Evening Post Industries, is re-investing in its newspaper division. Being part of a privately-owned, South Carolina company with strong ties to the Aiken area and the state of South Carolina has its rewards. One of these rewards is a new press, another is EPI's unwavering (re)commitment to supporting local journalism.

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