By Molly • Molly Walker • 

Pamplin buys more papers, including Newberg Graphic

Graphic publisher Allen Herriges doesn’t anticipate any immediate changes, but said it will be switching over to the software shared by Pamplin newspapers for various functions, including billing.

Earlier this year, the Graphic made the switch from twice-weekly Wednesday-Saturday publication to Wednesday-only publication. The paper had published on Wednesdays and Saturdays for 20 years. 

“I think you will see the Newberg Graphic and all the newspapers get better,” said Herriges, who spent five years with Pamplin before assuming the helm at the Graphic six years ago. He said one early step is likely to be a redesign.

He said that Pamplin Media Group believes in employing graphic artists and putting together outstanding special sections, like the News-Register. With the Pamplin purchase, “We’re off and running,” he said.

In addition to the Graphic, Pamplin is acquiring the Canby Herald, Madras Pioneer, Molalla Pioneer, Wilsonville Spokesman and Woodburn Independent. All but Madras fall into the Portland metro sphere. 

In September, Pamplin launched the Hillsboro Tribune in direct competition with the Hillsboro Argus, owned by The Oregonian. In October, The Oregonian responded by launching the Forest Grove Leader in direct competition with Pamplin’s Forest Grove News-Times. The two companies also compete head-to-head in Portland itself, where Pamplin publishes the weekly Portland Tribune.

The Tribune is the Pamplin Media Group’s flagship paper. It also owns the Beaverton Valley Times, Sellwood Bee, Estacada News, Lake Oswego Review, Oregon City News, King City Regal Courier, Sandy Post, Sherwood Gazette, South County Spotlight, The Southwest Connection, West Linn Tidings, The Tigard Tualatin Times, Clackamas Review, The Gresham Outlook and Boom! Senior Life.

Pamplin Media Group is a subsidiary of R.B. Pamplin Corp., one of the largest privately owned and family managed businesses in the U.S. It encompasses subsidiaries engaged in the manufacture of a wide range of commercial and household products, including textiles, concrete, asphalt, wine, beef, berries and hazelnuts.

The 55-year-old company employs more than 4,000 people. It generates more than $600 million a year in revenue.

Former congressman Denny Smith of Salem serves as chairman for Eagle Newspapers. It continues to operate four printing plants and publish papers in The Dalles, Hood River, Dallas and Prinveville in Oregon, Grangeville in Idaho and Sunnyside, Camas, Omak and White Salmon in Washington.

Eagle was founded by Smith’s parents, Elmo and Dorothy, when they borrowed $25 to start a mimeographed weekly newspaper in Ontario in 1933. It took its name from one of its early acquisitions, the Blue Mountain Eagle in John Day, since sold to the Eastern Oregon Publishing Company.


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