KPC Media Group
|Industry||Commercial printing and newspapers|
|Founded||August 7, 1911|
|Products||Three daily newspapers and several weekly and monthly publications|
It was founded in 1911 as Kendallville Publishing Company Inc. by the owners of two competing newspapers in Kendallville, when they merged into The News Sun. Starting in the 1970s, the company extended its reach to other northeastern Indiana locations, and now owns two other daily newspapers and several weeklies and monthlies in the area.
The Daily Sun and Daily News in Kendallville merged in 1911 after having competed as daily newspapers for five years, and as weekly newspapers for decades. The Sun traced its history back to the Noble County Journal (founded c. 1860); the Weekly News began in 1877. The two newspapers' publishers, O.E. Michaelis and George W. Baxter, established Kendallville Publishing Company Inc. to run the new Kendallville News-Sun. They established offices on North Main Street in Kendallville, in the same building where KPC Media Group remains headquartered today, more than 100 years later.
Baxter and Michaelis sold the newspaper to Charles O. Merica in 1913; his wife Alice Merica inherited it in 1918 and remained publisher until her death on January 25, 1969, at age 103. She was the oldest newspaper publisher in the United States.
George O. Witwer, publisher from 1969 to 2001, oversaw the company's expansion outside Kendallville, purchasing in December 1971 The Evening Star of Auburn, Indiana, a newspaper that has served DeKalb County since 1871 (since 1913 as a daily). In the 21st century, KPC converted the newspaper to morning publication, seven days a week, and it is now called The Star.
Around the turn of the 21st century, the company bought two more properties in adjoining markets, The Garrett Clipper in southern DeKalb County, founded in 1885 and integrated into KPC October 1, 1999, and The Herald Republican of Angola, Indiana in August 2001. The Herald Republican, a semiweekly newspaper at the time KPC bought it, had been formed by Home News Enterprises in 1982 by combining two competing weeklies, the Angola Herald (1876) and Steuben Republican (1857). KPC converted it into a daily newspaper September 12, 2001.
Under current CEO Terry G. Housholder, the company has established a footprint in the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana, both through acquisitions and startups. In early 2005 it established Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, a business journal for a 15-county region surrounding Fort Wayne, and Greater Fort Wayne Family, a monthly magazine. In 2006, it purchased Times Community Publications, a chain of free-distribution monthly newspapers covering Fort Wayne and other Allen County communities.
KPC also bought The Butler Bulletin, a weekly in eastern DeKalb County, in 2005.
Also in 2005, the company officially changed its name to KPC Media Group Inc. to reflect its expansion beyond Kendallville. In addition to serving as an abbreviation of its former name, the company has said that KPC stands for "Keeping People Connected".
The company operates presses in Kendallville, offering commercial printing services in addition to printing KPC's own newspapers. It also has editorial and business offices in Auburn, Angola and Fort Wayne.
KPC's newspapers and magazines, all of which are located in northeastern Indiana, are:
- "About Us — KPC Media Group Inc.". KPCNews.com. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- Knopp, Dave (November 4, 2000). "Ink to Flow Into 21st Century at County's Newspapers". The News-Sun. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- "KPC Media Group Marks 100 Years". Hoosier State Press Association. August 8, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
- "KPC's History Dates Back to Aug. 7, 1911". The News Sun. August 7, 2011. p. F12. Retrieved June 23, 2012.