View Newspaper Group acquires Tri-County Times



View Newspaper Group Publisher Wes Smith stands with Tri-County Times General Manager Jennifer Ward at Michigan Web Press in Davisburg. The Times was acquired from the Rockman family and is now part of the View Newspaper Group effective Jan. 1. Photo by Tim Jagielo

View Newspaper Group Publisher Wes Smith stands with Tri-County Times General Manager Jennifer Ward at Michigan Web Press in Davisburg. The Times was acquired from the Rockman family and is now part of the View Newspaper Group effective Jan. 1. Photo by Tim Jagielo

LAPEER COUNTY —View Newspaper Group is proud to announce the acquisition of the award-winning Tri-County Times in Fenton, Mich. The sale was completed Jan. 1.

Founded in 2003 by Rick Burrough, View Newspaper Group includes 17 community newspapers and a staff totaling 95, covering Lapeer, Sanilac, Huron, Saginaw, Shiawassee, Genesee, Oakland and Livingston counties.

“We’ve known and worked with the Rockman family for many years,” Burrough said. “When it came time for them to sell the paper, they sought us out knowing of our success in the community newspaper business and our reputation for treating stakeholders — readers, advertisers, vendors and employees — with fairness and respect. We have made a commitment to maintain the Tri-County Times office in Fenton.”

The Times has been published continuously since founder Rick Rockman, Sr. started his own newspaper in 1955.

“My brother Rick and I are both very excited that the Times has been acquired by the best media group in the Midwest,” said Tri-County Times co-owner and publisher Craig Rockman. “Like the Times, View Newspaper Group is family-owned and operated and has been a partner and associate of the Times for several years.”

View Newspaper Group will now have more than 270,000 copies in print each week, including the 181-year-old County Press in Lapeer County.

Understanding that some consumers prefer their news online, the Tri-County Times website will remain at www.myfenton.com. View Newspaper Group also maintains an easy-to-navigate, mobile-friendly website at www.mihomepaper.com.

“The addition of the Tri-County Times to our group is exciting on many levels,” said Wes Smith, View Newspaper Group publisher. “One, it’s further proof that local, community newspapers are important to the communities we serve. Since its start in 2003, View Newspaper Group has grown each and every year.

“Two, we are now able to offer a broader reach to our advertising clients. Three, it means bringing together two talented teams of dedicated newspaper professionals to form the largest, most experienced media team in our region. The result will be higher quality print and digital products across the board. Four, our VIEW Group brand department, which, among other tasks, creates signature events that allow our readers to connect with each other and us, will work with the Times team to create events for the Fenton, Holly and Linden communities to enjoy.”

View Newspaper Group papers are printed by its sister company Michigan Web Press in Davisburg. Founded in 1979, commercial web printing company Michigan Web Press was acquired by Burrough in 1999. He expanded the company into a second production facility a few years later and now, with a team of 90, operates 24/7 out of two buildings, totaling nearly 50,000 square feet.

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