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Exterior of the Dayton Daily News Print Technology Center as it neared completion, March 1999.

  In the Spring of 1999, barely six months after celebrating its centennial, the Dayton Daily News began printing operations at its new Print Technology Center, the most advanced newspaper printing plant in North America.
  The $91 million printing plant, is located on 43 acres at 5000 Commerce Way, Franklin. The industrial park extends along I-75 north of the Ohio 73 interchange.
  During a five-month transition period the paper is operating both the new plant and the old press at its historic 1910 building at Fourth and Ludlow streets. When the PTC is fully operational in September 1999 about 250 production workers will work at the Franklin facilty while most of DDN's 950 employees would remain downtown or at area bureaus and distribution centers.
  News and advertising data are transmitted by fiber-optic cable from DDN's downtown headquarters to the PTC, where printing plates are made and mounted on presses six-stories tall.
  The presses were manufactured by Koenig & Bauer-Albert AG of Wurzburg, Germany. The building was designed by Cleveland architect Celso Gilberti.

An interior view of the new pressroom.