Ever wonder how your Columbia Home Magazine gets published? Recently we made a visit to Fulton, MO to see first hand what goes on at the Ovid Bell Press. This family-owned publishing and printing establishment was founded in 1924 and is a whopping 100,000 sq. ft! Ovid Bell doesn’t just print for Columbia Home, but also for many publications nationwide. This extremely large warehouse is full of gigantic rolls of papers, where the process begins. The procedure in its entirety is extremely complex and technical, so I’ll break it down for you the easy way:
First, the huge rolls of paper are loaded onto Web press. The paper is then sprayed with CMYK (cyan,magenta,yellow, and black) ink. After getting sprayed, the paper is cut into 8 pages at a time (the cover is done separately). Next is the bindery, and forms are put in order and glued together at the spine (Perfect Binding). Lastly, edges are trimmed and packaged for mailing.
Sara Baysinger of OBP Sales and Tara Murray of OBP Customer Service gave us the tour and made us feel more than welcome.
“Ovid Bell Press has always done a great job with our printing and I was thrilled to see the cover of our next issue coming hot off the press,” says Columbia Home Magazine Publisher, Betsy Bell. “This is by far my favorite cover.”
This cover Betsy is speaking of features Elissa Igleheart Bertot, a local Columbia woman who decided to take off of work for one year and travel the world with her husband, Vincent. The image captures Elissa engaged in wonderful scenery from one of the many places she visited throughout the course of the year. To be up-to-date on Elissa and her husband, Vincent, and their trip around the world, visit 360degrees360days.blogspot.com
Enjoy the photos and video (Ovid Bell Press Video) from our visit!
-photos and video by Madeline Gibbs