Sunday, March 12, 2006

6 April 2006 Plant Tour...Media General - Richmond-Times Dispatch Printing Plant

Like to see motor-drives running three-story-high printing presses? Semi-autonomous robots moving rolls of paper each the weight of an automobile? How about printing-plate production remotely from the downtown editorial offices? Want to see every kind of conveyor you can think of in one location? A substantial electric power plant? It’s all there and you’ll see a lot of it in operation. Join the IEEE Richmond Section at the Media General Atlee Station printing plant in Hanover County, north of Richmond off U S 301, for dinner, a plant tour, and discussion with their knowledgeable staff.

Tour: Media General staff leads us through the plant from the railroad siding where the paper arrives to the packaging and distribution doors where the papers go to the delivery trucks.

RSVP & Deadline: By high-noon on Friday, March 31. Use the on-line RVSP at
Tell us the following:
1. Your phone number
2. Meal or just the program
3. Student or not

: Social 5:30 to 6:15, Dinner 6:15 to 7:00, Business Meeting 7:00 to 7:15, Program 7:15 to 8:15, Board Meeting 8:30 to 9:45
Where: Media General Atlee Station printing plant off U S 301 in Hanover County.
Cost: $20 by the RSVP deadline, $25 after the deadline. Student members get in for $10 before or $13 after the deadline.
Menu: Something we’re catering in; still a mystery.
Payment: By check or cash, during the Social time.
Getting There:It’s north of Richmond in Hanover County near the confluence of U S 301 North and I 295 East. You can’t see the plant from either 301 or I 295, so as you head north on 301, look for the fast-food burger place on the right (east). As you approachit, look sharp for Times-Dispatch Blvd. You turn in there (head east). Drive down that road and you’ll see on the left the parking lots and the building shown above.

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