Robert Glahn, Eastwood Litho
On this episode of Working: Syracuse, we speak to printing press operator Robert Glahn, who works for Eastwood Litho, which is based in Lyncourt on the city's Northside. Founded in 1946 by Justin F. Mohr, a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, Eastwood Litho has served the Syracuse area for more than 70 years and is now owned by grandsons of the founder — brothers Andrew, Mark, and Patrick. For the last three years, Glahn has been in charge of running the company's two Heidelberg printing presses. He works as a frontender and is responsible for all of the technical tweaks and artistic judgments that inform the end product. The color balance, saturation, and sharpness of the ink on the paper all fall on him. Now 53, Glahn's been doing this job since high school. He serves as the mechanic who enjoys tinkering with the machines when they break and the artist who controls every aspect of the graphic output.