Houston Community News & Media Group Sold to Hearst

1013 Star Communications announced that it has sold Houston Community News and Media Group to Hearst Newspapers, LLC, according to John Cribb, Managing Director, Cribb Greene & Cope who represented 1013 Star Communications.

HCN has prided itself on being the leading source of local news, sports and entertainment information, as well as advertising – in print and digital media – for its markets. HCN provides that coverage and advertising opportunities through its daily in Conroe and 24 weekly editions and accompanying websites in communities across the greater Houston area.

With a total print distribution of more than 520,000 and a digital reach of over 4 million per month to suburban Houston’s most appealing residential and business markets, Houston Community Newspapers & Media Group serves residents in Conroe, The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring, Cypress, Humble, Kingwood, Atascocita, Lake Houston, Cleveland, Dayton, Friendswood, Pearland, Pasadena, the Bay Area, Deer Park, Memorial, River Oaks, Bellaire, Katy and Sugar Land, among many other communities in those areas.

1013 Communications purchased Houston Community Newspapers & Media Group from ASP Westward in June 2012. In addition to HCN 1013 Communications owns newspaper and media groups in the North Dallas area, as well as Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.

Transcontinental Selling Nova Scotia Plant’s Business; Facility to Close by Mid-August

 Transcontinental Inc. announced it is selling most of its commercial printing line of business operated from its Transcontinental Dartmouth plant to Advocate Printing and Publishing, an independent printer and publisher in Atlantic Canada. This decision will result in the closure of the Transcontinental Dartmouth plant located at 140 Joseph Zatzman Drive in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, by mid-August 2016.

TC Transcontinental will continue to serve its customers in Atlantic Canada for retail flyers, newspapers and some specific commercial products through its printing network which includes Transcontinental Halifax, Transcontinental Prince Edward Island and Transcontinental St. John’s.

“In line with our market leadership objectives, we are continually reviewing our printing facilities and activities in order to maximize the utilization rate of our equipment,” says Jacques Grégoire, president of TC Transcontinental Printing. “As we forge ahead with our printing platform optimization strategy, and given the shifting landscape for some commercial products, we have made the decision to dispose of our printing assets in the Transcontinental Dartmouth plant. We regret the impact of this announcement on our employees and would like to sincerely thank them for their dedication to our organization.”

Unfortunately, this plant closure will result in about 55 layoffs. TC Transcontinental has ensured that employees will be accompanied in their career transition.

Accraply acquires Harland and saves it from administration

US-owned Accraply has acquired Manchester-based label machinery manufacturer Harland Machine Systems, rescuing it from the brink of administration and safeguarding 70 jobs. Harland Machine Systems has been rebranded Accraply Harland

Accraply, which is a subsidiary of $2.4bn turnover international manufacturing group Barry Wehmiller, signed the deal with Harland’s administrators FRP Advisory shortly after it appointed partners Russell Cash and Rajnesh Mittal as joint administrators on 26 July. It already has a presence in the UK, having acquired Graham Engineering in 2010 and Turpins Packaging Group in 2012.

Accraply sales and marketing vice-president Andrew Hulse said: “Accraply has been building its presence in the UK over the last decade and it’s one of the things we are continually looking to build.

The acquisition of Harland complements Accraply’s existing self-adhesive label business and that Harland will bring experience, passion and a determination to deliver exceptional performance. Harland, based in Salford, manufactures labelling equipment for use on high-volume production lines.