This first appeared in the December 28 edition of On Second Thought but since then I’ve had several requests for information on binding companies. It seems several newspapers were using The Lewis Company until that business shut its doors. So if you’re still looking for a binding company, here’s a little information for you.
If you use The Lewis Company in Georgia for binding your issues, chances are you have received a letter that the company is discontinuing its operation at the end of the year. That’s according to a letter from Bobbie Lewis who owns the company.
Jeff Moreland, publisher of the Central Kentucky News Journal and Springfield Sun, called her and says Ms. Lewis recommends Hoag and Sons in Michigan if you are looking for a binding company. The cost is reportedly $60 per book, along with a storage fee of $46 per year if you put them on your mailing list to get your papers.
Hoag and Sons website is www.hoagandsons.com for more information about that company.
Another option is News File out of Oark, Arkansas. The books are $67.00 each plus shipping. The phone number is 479-292-3639. Jamie Sizemore at The Kentucky Standard started using News File this year and said they are pleased with the work. Larry Hensley at the Advocate Messenger in Danville and Teresa Barrett at the Booneville Sentinel also use News File.
Allison Shepherd, publisher of the LaRue County Herald News in Hodgenville, adds another company to the list — Long’s-Roullet Bookbinders, Inc. in Norfolk, VA
We’re not recommending any particular binding company but in case The Lewis Company has been servicing your newspaper, there are options that other Kentucky newspapers use. You can contact the KPA publishers listed with each company for their experience with the company listed.