Recorder parent company APG buys Wisconsin newspapers
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.