Recorder par­ent com­pany APG buys Wis­con­sin news­pa­pers

The Calvert Recorder - - Business -

Adams Pub­lish­ing Group, par­ent com­pany of The Calvert Recorder, has pur­chased the as­sets of the Daily Jef­fer­son County Union and the af­fil­i­ated Home­town News Lim­ited Part­ner­ship in Wis­con­sin from W.D. Hoard & Sons Co. The sale in­cludes a to­tal of 13 com­mu­nity news­pa­pers and shop­pers, stretch­ing across parts of six coun­ties in south cen­tral Wis­con­sin. Terms of the trans­ac­tion were not dis­closed.

Brian Knox, pres­i­dent of W.D. Hoard & Sons, will con­tinue to op­er­ate the Hoard’s Dairy­man mag­a­zine, aimed at the dairy in­dus­try with world­wide dis­tri­bu­tion; other agri­cul­tural pub­li­ca­tions; a dairy farm; re­cently launched cheese prod­ucts; and other busi­nesses. He has been with that com­pany for 41 years.

The Daily Jef­fer­son County Union was founded in 1870 by Wil­liam Demp­ster Hoard. The Knox fam­ily even­tu­ally ac­quired the com­pany. Home­town News pub­lishes the Sun Prairie Star, a twice-weekly news­pa­per, plus eight weekly news­pa­pers: the Mil­ton Courier, Cam­bridge News/Deer­field In­de­pen­dent, Lake Mills Leader, Her­ald-In­de­pen­dent/McFar- land This­tle (cov­er­ing Monona, Cot­tage Grove and McFar­land), Water­loo/Marshall Courier, Wau­na­kee Tri­bune, DeFor­est TimesTri­bune and the Lodi En­ter­prise/Poynette Press.

With 30 daily news­pa­pers, more than 100 non-daily news­pa­pers and other en­ter­prises op­er­at­ing in 20 states, APG’s Stephen Adams de­scribes the en­tity as “first and fore­most a fam­ily-owned com­mu­nity news­pa­per com­pany, which is driven to pro­vide high-qual­ity prod­ucts and ser­vices that make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in the lives of its con­stituents.”

Other Adams fam­ily en­ter­prises in­clude out­door ad­ver­tis­ing (bill­boards), ra­dio, wine, Camping World/Good Sam (recre­ational ve­hi­cles) and phil­an­thropic en­deav­ors.

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