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Somerset Daily American acquired by GateHouse Media

January 29, 2019

Schurz Communications, the parent company of the Daily American, has sold its newspaper properties to GateHouse Media. The new owners plan to keep all of the employees in Somerset and continue offering the same services and products.

“The Daily American’s focus will not change because of its new ownership,” said Becky Flyte, general manager of the Daily American. “We will continue to be committed to providing strong, local news coverage and offer advertisers the best ways to connect with customers. If anything, we expect this change to make the Daily American even stronger and better equipped to succeed in the future. We have a great team here that does great work every day. That won’t change.”

Schurz Communications, a privately held communications company formed in 1872, announced Monday its intention to sell its publishing division to GateHouse Media, of Pittsford, New York, and continue investing in cloud and managed IT services and broadband operations. GateHouse Media, one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States, is expected to assume ownership during the first quarter of 20 regional papers and several special publications in Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania and South Dakota.

“Our leadership team, Board of Directors and ownership group are dedicated to helping the company stay true to its roots of fostering communication and connections while charting a successful course for the future,” Todd Schurz, president and CEO at Schurz Communications, said in a press release. “This is a natural next step forward in our evolution as a company given our mission to help solve challenges by linking people, businesses and communities. We will continue to explore the types of investments that support our commitment to technology and anticipate adding new employees to our team and new companies to our portfolio in the near future.”

Schurz has owned the Daily American since October 1997. The newspaper was founded in Somerset in 1929. Most employees were informed of the ownership change Monday.

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