2018-03-30 / Front Page

RFB Enterprises to acquire Maine newspapers

RFB Enterprises will acquire Sample News Group publications in Maine including The Times Record (Brunswick), Journal Tribune (Biddeford) and the Mainely Media weekly publications.

The Maine publications of the Sample News Group will become part of Alliance Press; a commercial printer in Brunswick, Maine.

“We have greatly enjoyed newspapering in Maine for nearly 20 years,” George Sample, President of Sample News Group said. “But in today’s rapidly changing environment, having a larger scale with more resources is necessary for the growth of the papers and our employees. Reade is a true believer and innovator in community journalism and has the focus on the needs of these communities.”

“We are thankful for the efforts of our many great employees who have worked tirelessly to produce good local newspapers,” Sample said.

“This is a deal based on common sense,” said RFB Enterprises President and CEO, Reade Brower, “We’ve been printing Sample’s Maine properties for years at both Alliance Press and at the MaineToday Media printing facility in South Portland. The Portland Press Herald and Mainely Media recently partnered on a TMC effort in select zips. This transaction is a natural extension of the work we have already begun.”

The transaction is scheduled to close on April 1, 2018.

About Sample News Group: Sample News Group publishes 75 publications across six states and is headquartered in Pennsylvania.

About RFB Enterprises: RFB Enterprises serves readers and advertisers throughout the state of Maine with print and online publications and printing services including MaineToday Media (Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel, Coastal Journal), Sun Media Group (Lewiston Sun Journal, Forecast- er/Current Newspapers, Franklin Journal, Livermore Falls Advertiser, Penobscot Times, Advertiser-Democrat Norway, Bethel Citizen, Rumford Falls Times, Rangeley Highlander, Maine Women Magazine, My Generation, 95 North), Courier Publications (Courier Gazette (Rockland), Camden Herald, Belfast Republican), VillageSoup.com, Free Press Rockland, RFB Print Co-Op, Alliance Press and specialty publications including travelMaine, TREB (The Real Estate Books) of Mid-Coast Maine, Portland and Portsmouth, NH.

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