Press release | View Log Group
See Newspaper Group Owner and President, Rick Burrough, is proud to announce that the local newspaper company has acquired the business operations of Sherman Publications, Inc., which includes Lake Orion Review Publications, Oxford Leader, Ortonville Citizen, Clarkston News, Ad-Vertiser, Penny Stretcher and Big Deal.
“The Sherman family’s local news heritage, which dates back to 1955, is one we have always admired at the View Newspaper Group,” Burrough said. “We have known and worked with the Shermans for many years. When it came time for them to sell their newspapers, they approached us knowing of our success in the community newspaper industry and our reputation for treating stakeholders – readers, advertisers, vendors and employees – with fairness and respect.
Founded in 2003 by Burrough, View Newspaper Group, which publishes The County Press, Lapeer Area View, Genesee County View and Tri-County Times, is a local community newspaper group that now includes 21 community newspapers covering Lapeer, Oakland, Genesee, Counties of Livingston, Sanilac, Huron, Saginaw, Shiawassee, Montcalm and Ionia.
“My sisters and I are all very pleased that our newspaper group has been acquired by the best media group in the Midwest,” said Jim Sherman, owner and president of Sherman Publications, Inc.. “As our group, View Newspaper Group is a family business and have been a partner and associate of our newspapers for many years.They also understand the importance of keeping these long-standing titles in print.The Orion Review dates back 140 years and the Oxford Leader to Age 124. The View team is the right person to continue the important role of providing North Oakland County communities with the exciting, entertaining and informative news and features that exist in these rapidly growing destination communities.
“The addition of the Sherman family newspapers integrates well with our existing publications, particularly The County Press, Lapeer Area View, Genesee County View and Tri-County Times, all of which share borders with our newly acquired newspapers,” said View Newspaper Group Publisher. Wes Smith. “Helping local businesses grow and prosper has always been an important part of our mission, both for our newspapers and for Sherman Newspapers. Having these newspapers join our family will provide our advertisers with the ability to reach readers in neighboring communities,” said Smith. “This acquisition also brings together two talented teams of dedicated media professionals to form the largest and most experienced media team in our region. Additionally, our brand team, which, among other duties, creates signature events that allow our readers to connect with each other and with us, will work with the Sherman team to create events in northern communities. Oakland to benefit area non-profit organizations and bring enjoyment to residents.
Smith said View Newspaper Group plans to retain all 20 employees on staff at Sherman Publications and will continue operations from current offices in Oxford and Ortonville.
“As a print-first publishing company, we will continue weekly door-to-door delivery of print editions to Sherman readers in 58,000 North Oakland County homes,” he said.
View Newspaper Group has acquired all intellectual property related to Sherman publications and will continue to operate the Review, Leader, News and Citizen websites.
Since its inception in 2003, View Newspaper Group has grown almost every year. According to Burrough and Smith, this latest acquisition is proof that local community newspapers remain vital to the communities they serve.
“If the last two years of uncertainty have proven anything, it’s the importance of knowing what’s going on in your own backyard,” Smith said. “Our readership has grown and remains strong because local and community newspapers are so important. We look forward to continuing the important work of bringing local news to communities in northern Oakland County.
All View Newspaper Group publications are printed by its sister companies Michigan Web Press in Davisburg and Stafford Printing in Greenville. Founded in 1979, commercial web printing company Michigan Web Press was acquired by Rick Burrough in 1999. Burrough has expanded the business several times, most recently with the acquisition of Stafford Printing in Greenville in 2019. The company is now Michigan’s largest commercial newspaper printer. , serving more than 250 customers. Their four press lines, made up of 68 printing units and 6 folders, produce more than 2 million copies per week.
“One of the keys to our continued growth and success has been establishing or maintaining the unique identity and relationship with its community for each newspaper in our group. We don’t use the cookie-cutter approach,” Smith said. “The Sherman family and their team have created excellent newspapers that have served their readers and advertisers very well. We share the same values and commitment, which is why it suits both View Newspaper Group and the Sherman family so well.”