MONROETON - The Daily Review/Towanda Printing Company Open House was a success Saturday, with about 300 people attending the event at the Towanda Printing Facility in Monroeton.

"We're really happy with the turnout today," said Tiffany Towner, managing editor of The Daily Review. In the first hour, she said, 60-70 people came through the doors.

People of all ages attended the event, with some former newspaper carriers showing up.

Held from noon to 4 p.m., the open house not only took visitors on a tour around the printing facility, but also informed them about the jobs of the different departments at the Review: advertising, production, editorial and circulation. While touring the printing facility, visitors were able to see machinery such as an off-set printing press, a saddle stitcher and an inserter.

Towner said the event was not only informative, but meant to spur interest in the newspaper industry.

At 12:30 p.m., students who had winning essays submitted for The Daily Review Scholarship Awards were recognized. They wrote about why a local newspaper is important to a community.

"Your essays were really a pleasure to read," Towner told the students. Publisher Greg Zyla also commended the students for their essays.

Brian Schlosser, production manager for The Daily/Sunday Review, noted that people had many questions at the open house, such as how many papers are printed a day.

He had a fact sheet that noted that the plant is approximately 25,000 square feet, as compared to the 2,500 square feet in the uptown location. On average, the facility does 187 press runs for The Daily Review and 210 commercial press runs, for a total of 397 runs per month.

He said more than 248,000,000 pages were printed in 2013.

One visitor, Susan Weaver of Ulster, said, "I wanted to see the building from the inside. I see it from the outside all the time."

Angela Sheeley of Rome brought her three young children to the event. "We thought it would be neat to see how the newspaper is made," she said.

Towner said The Daily Review/Towanda Printing Company hopes to hold another open house in the future.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: reviewtroy@thedailyreview.com.