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….the Last Edition

It started in 1968 with the transition of newspaper printing from Letterpress to Offset.
The Goss Metroliner press was the popular choice for newspapers moving to offset. A group
was formed for the collaboration and information sharing of those embarking into this new
technology. It became known as the Metro Users Group (MUG). For the past 52 years
information was shared, friendships were made and above all production was improved. In
recent years, the conference began to include users of other press manufacturers and changed
the name to Metro Production Conference (MPC).

All those industry vendors and delegates who supported, participated, and organized
our annual meetings over the past 52 years should be proud of what we accomplished. We
shared information to those hoping to learn more, provided support to those looking for help,
and contacts to those wishing to build a professional network. Most importantly we brought
together a group of friends and acquaintances every year to share business news and personal
experiences.

The consolidation of Newspaper publishers and printers, along with the Covid-19
pandemic have had a major impact for all of us in the print media industry. MPC was also
impacted, as our delegates and vendors are limited by both budgets and travel restrictions.
The MPC Board of Directors met this fall and reviewed our status. We determined that it
was unrealistic to continue to hold conferences from both a financial and participation point of
view. Unfortunately, we have decided to dissolve our MPC nonprofit organization.
The MPC Board of Directors would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all the Newspaper
Delegates and especially the many Vendors that have supported our conference over the last
52 years.

 

Farewell and Thanks to all of you!!

Your Metro Production Conference Board
Nick Vangelos, Ray Walsh, Jason Birket, Alvin Nesmith, Jeff Lansing, and David Stenstrom