The Chicago Tribune’s Freedom Center prints, inserts and distributes over 40 different publications. The Freedom Center contains five floors of activity, from inbound-outbound docks for both trucks and rail, raw materials and finished goods warehousing, printing, inserting and packaging, and distribution.
Raw material and finished goods are constantly on the move in the Freedom Center, moving from floor to floor on large, high-capacity lifts. Material ranges from heavy rolls of newsprint to small pallets of finished inserts and the lift trucks used to move them must be able to handle the capacity and the tight working quarters. With tightly coordinated printing schedules, the company needs a comprehensive material handling solution including reliable forklifts and pallet trucks and a service plan that maximizes the uptime of each vehicle.