Meet the Machinists Who Keep the New York Times Running

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As the world’s largest technology manufacturers increasingly move toward creating products that are designed to be difficult or impossible to repair.Motherboard has started looking toward the margins of tech to find the people keeping older machines alive and running.

In the first episode of State of Repair, we visited the New York Times printing plant to meet Greg Zerafa, Jerry Greaney, and Chris Bedetto, who are part of a dying breed of machinists that keeps the newspaper’s eight three-story printing presses humming and spitting out hundreds of thousands of newspapers every single day.

The countless gears, rollers, motors, rolls of paper, and ink tanks on each press—they really are intricate, temperamental machines—causes them to break down often.

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The newspaper must be printed within a few-hour window every night, which is why Zerafa’s team has to be prepared to make on-the-fly repairs at moment’s notice.

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