The Christian Science Monitor's remote printing locations are celebrating 10- and 20-year anniversaries in 1980. The Western edition, printed in the Los Angeles, Calif., area, and the International Edition, printed in London, are 20 years old this year. Remote printing of the Midwestern edition in Chicago, the Eastern edition in Somerset, N.J., and the New England edition in Beverly, Mass., is 10 years old this year.
Remote printing enables most readers to receive their Monitors on the date of issue. After printing at the regional plants, the Monitor is delivered to readers via the US and foreign postal systems.
The independent printing plants working with the Monitor, "really have the spirit of the Monitor," says Distribution Manager Loring W. Britton. Remote printing, he says, enables the Monitor to give "better service to readers at a reasonable cost." He notes US Postal Service studies have shown that without remote printing, Monitors printed and mailed from Boston would arrive "at least three days" after the date of issue, except in the Boston metropolitan area.
Until 10 years ago, page mats were flown to the remote plants. Today, this information is sent mostly by high-speed facsimile telephone transmission.