Granite Publications acquired by Daniel Philhower

TAYLOR - Granite Publications, a collection of 10 non-daily newspapers and a printing operation in South Texas, has been sold to Daniel Philhower, the company’s publisher for the past five years.
Dirks, Van Essen & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represented the Chionsini family in the transaction effective Nov. 1. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Granite Publications was owned by Macy Chionsini, widow of the late Jim Chionsini. Jim Chionsini began his career in newspaper ownership in 1978, acquiring numerous Texas newspapers throughout the years. Macy said it was Jim’s hope that one day the company would be sold to Philhower.
Before making his way to run Granite Publications, Philhower had a background in finance/accounting, asset management, business development, and commercial real estate management and development. He lives in Taylor with his wife and two children.
“It’s an honor to carry on the task of local journalism in these communities,” Philhower said. “Newspapers are key to the health and vitality of a local community, and I take the responsibility of carrying on what Jim has established in these communities very seriously. I am grateful to Macy for making the terms of the transaction work for me,” he added.
“We’ve established a strong team here at Granite with a motto of ‘One Team, One Vision, One Goal.’ We plan to continue our efforts to grow our newspapers and serve our communities and customers well into the future,” Philhower said. 
“Community newspapers are still going strong, and we are honored to be part of the history in each of our communities.”