Delivering Excellence in COMMERCIAL PRINT

Walker production and packaging facility near Grand Rapids<

The award-winning Walker Production Facility near Grand Rapids, Michigan was built in 2004 and is the headquarters of Advance Central Services Michigan. It serves as the combined print site for The Grand Rapids Press, The Muskegon Chronicle, Kalamazoo Gazette and Jackson Citizen-Patriot.

Prepress Specifications press Specifications Packaging Equipment

Computer to plate systems

  • Two Krause LS Jet platesetters
  • Two Krause BlueFin high-performance plate processors
  • NELA Systems - Register system, vision bending and integrated plate sortation and automation

Production software

  • PPI Media, version
    • Includes planning, assembly, output management, CTP, automation and integration with press, ad order entry and ad management system

Pre-flighting and conversion

  • Asura (by One Vision), version 11.5 (x4)

Broadsheet size

  • Finished size 11.75” x 22.125”
  • Image area: 10.875” x 19.86” 


  • 150-line screen

Manroland GEOMAN

  • Eight color towers (4/4 configuration)
  • 16 broadsheet pages per web
  • Two folders capable of 75,000 copies/hour in straight mode, or 37,000 copies/hour collect mode
    • Folder 1: Three-level former capable of producing six sections straight, or 12 sections collect
    • Folder 2: Two-level former capable of producing four sections straight, or eight sections collect
  • 47” web width and 21” cutoff
  • 12 reel stands

FOUR GMA SLS 3000 inserters

  • 30 insert heads each
  • Three eight-station buffer systems

Front page notes applicator

  • Press or insert line

Additional services


We can zone your printed package and stage on carts or pallets for distribution.

Disruption avoidance

Dual power feeds from two separate sub-stations; generator back-up for IT infrastructure.

Recognized excellence

The Walker Production Facility is the proud recipient of awards and recognition that include membership for The Grand Rapids Press in The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) International Color Quality Club for 2016-2018. Previously, the Walker Production Facility earned membership for The Grand Rapids Press in The International Color Quality Club for 2008-2012 and 2014-2016 and The Muskegon Chronicle for 2010-2012.

WAN-IFRA is a global organization representing more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. It’s International Color Quality Club is the only worldwide quality benchmarking for international newspaper printing.

Contact us today

Contact Aaron Phipps, Plant and Production Manager, to discuss how Advance Central Services Michigan can put the Walker Production Facility to work delivering excellence to you.

Phone: 616-254-0625