CHEEKTOWAGA, NY, APRIL 24, 2014: Community Papers of Western New York (CPWNY) announced today that it has acquired the business of Metro Group, Inc, publisher of weekly community newspapers and shoppers serving over 250,000 households in Erie County and Niagara County. The group also serves communities in portions of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Allegany and Wyoming counties. The publications include the Source group of papers, the Hamburg Sun, Springville Journal, Gowanda News, and specialty publications including WNY Advertiser and WNY Health.
CPWNY is owned by James Austin, a career newspaper man who recently made his first acquisition of The Angola Pennysaver. Mr. Austin said, “First and foremost, I would like to thank Bernard and Denny for selecting me as the new owner. After working for great companies in the Newspaper industry for over 30 years, it is very exciting to enter a new chapter in my life. I believe very strongly that weekly community papers play an important part in the communities that they serve. I will continue, and build upon the great work that the Metro Group, Inc. has done. . Being a native from Western New York, my wife and I are very proud to be a part of this great area and look forward to serving our readers, and our advertisers.”
Outgoing CEO Bernard Bradpiece said, “After fourteen years of hard work growing the company, my partner Denny Guastaferro and I are delighted to hand over responsibility for this outstanding group of newspapers to a timed served newspaperman. With the outstanding management team he inherits, James has a great start to what we know will be a new chapter of success for the business.”