History of NPG/BERKS

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The BERKS Group is a division of the privately held News-Press & Gazette Company and the Bradley family holdings.

Henry D. Bradley started the company with the purchase of the St. Joseph News-Press in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1951. As technology evolved, so did the business. Expansion came quickly into new outlets including radio, broadcast television and broadband services. Now these businesses span eight states from Missouri to California and are thriving on a myriad of digital platforms.

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The company has further diversified into high-value manufacturing, education technology, technology infrastructure and better-for-you food.

The holdings may have changed but the values have remained constant through four generations of family management. The statue of the paper boy that stands outside the St. Joseph headquarters embodies the entrepreneurial spirit we seek in our partners. Each newspaper carrier who delivered newspapers became the CEO, accountant, sales person and laborer for their customers. They knew a strong product, delivered with care, was the foundation of any strong business. No matter what industry, that is still true today. We seek partners who are equally dedicated to operating with the highest of integrity and who aspire to be employers of choice, exceed customer expectations and recognized for quality.

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The Bradley family is committed to the core principles of honesty, fairness and hard work that have helped the business thrive for almost 70 years.

 
When the time comes that we think we have the best newspaper we can build, we’d better take a refresher course or retire.

Henry D. Bradley – January 12, 1950

 

History of NPG

1951 Henry D. Bradley acquires the St. Joseph News-Press & Gazette 1951 1965 News-Press & Gazette (NPG) Company builds St. Joseph cable TV system, St. Joseph Cablevision. 1965 1975 NPG acquires first broadcast TV station, WSAV in Savannah, GA. 1976 1975-1993 NPG acquires additional broadcast TV markets including Austin, MN; Sioux Falls, SD; Willmington, NC; Jackson, MS; Tucson, AZ. 1975-1993 1993 NPG sells broadcast TV group and begins acquiring cable systems in Arizona. 1993 1993-2010 NPG Co. expands cable holdings by acquiring a compilation of cable TV systems in the western United States. 1993-2010 1995 NPG re-entered the broadcast industry with the acquisition of KVIA in
El Paso, TX.
1995
1996-Present NPG continues to add to broadcast TV portfolio with markets in the Midwest and Western US, including Palm Springs, CA, Bend, Oregon, Idaho Falls, ID, Yuma, AZ, Colorado Springs, Santa Barbara, CA, Salinas-Monterey, CA, Columbia, MO and St. Joseph, MO. 1996-Present 2000-2006 Suburban weeklies in Missouri and Kansas are added to the newspaper portfolio. 2000-2006 2012 Increased industry consolidation and decreased video demand lead to a sale of NPG Cable to Suddenlink Communications. 2011 2015 NPG Co. acquires the data center company Online Tech in Michigan and builds two data center facilities in St. Joseph, MO. 2012 2016 Headquartered in Dallas, TX, StackPath is an information technology security services provider. Learn More >> 2016 2017 Investment in One Source. Learn More >> 2017 2017 Investment in APSCO. Learn More >> 2017 2018 Online Tech was sold to the Schurz Family in January of 2018. Learn More >> 2018 2018 NPG/BERKS Group announces an investment in Valor Manufacturing Training. Learn More >> 2018 2018 FitVine Wine LLC, one of the country’s fastest growing wine brands, is now a part of the BERKS Group/News-Press & Gazette Company’s portfolio of investments. Learn More >> 2018 2018 News-Press & Gazette Company, of the St. Joseph, MO-based announced that it has completed an investment in Port TMS, LLC. Learn More >> 2018 2018 Swiss-Tech will serve as a platform investment in precision manufacturing. Learn More >> 2018 2018 NPG/BERKS Group announces the purchase of the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), the world leader in online fitness education. Learn More >> 2019 2018 NPG/BERKS Group announces the acquisition of the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT). Learn More >> 2020 2018 The BERKS Group announces an investment in Instrument Development Corporation (IDC). Learn More >> 2020