Adams Publishing Group, LLC has purchased the Defiance Publishing Co., LLC from Dix Communications. Dix Communications was represented by Cribb, Greene & Cope, a newspaper brokerage, appraisal, and consulting firm with offices in Montana, Virginia and Missouri.
Defiance Publishing Co. employs 56 people and publishes The Crescent-News, a six-day a week daily newspaper (Sunday-Friday) with a distribution of 14,000 on weekdays and 15,300 on Sundays and Crescent–Extra, a free weekly shopper mailed to 9,200 households in the Defiance and Napoleon zip codes. The company also publishes the Northwest Ohio Homes Magazine and Northwest Ohio Auto Book. Their website crescent-news.com is viewed by more than 76,00 unique visitors each month.
Steve VanDemark, a 44-year employee of the company, will continue to serve as publisher.
Defiance Publishing will be part of APG Media of Ohio, headquartered in Athens, Ohio.
“We are very excited to begin working with Steve and his team in Defiance and proud that a publication with such a fine reputation for producing quality news products is now part of our Ohio group,” said Monica Nieporte, president and publisher of APG Media of Ohio.
Adams Publishing Group, LLC, a family-owned media company headquartered in St. Louis Park, Minn., produces community newspapers, events, digital products and specialty magazines serving communities in Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maryland, Idaho, Michigan and Ohio.
The Adams family also owns radio stations, outdoor advertising companies and Camping World/Good Sam, a national distributor of recreational vehicles and camping-related products and services.
“Our staff is eager to begin work with the APG Media Group,” said VanDemark, “The commitment of the Adams Publishing Group to community journalism is well known. I am confident that their involvement will be beneficial to our advertisers, subscribers and Defiance and area communities.”
Dix Communications, previous owner of The Crescent-News, has owned and operated the newspaper and related products for the past 64 years, purchasing it from the Lee Tustison in 1951.
Dix Communications president, G. Charles (Chuck) Dix II said, “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve the greater Defiance Community and the people—both past and present—that make it a wonderful place to work and live. My father, Gordon, and my brother Steve (both deceased), and our families loved Defiance. We have been fortunate in the past 30 plus years to have leaders like Steve VanDemark and all The Crescent-News associates who do their best to offer quality products, news coverage and support the community.”
Dix continued, “We are excited about Adams as buyers as they are a family business, like we were, that we think will value content and products, will honor and invest in the community, and will retain and hire talented people.”