CPI Purchasing Broken Arrow Office Building

Community Publishers Inc., parent company of the Tulsa Business Journal, plans to purchase a 9,770-SF office building at 524 S. Main St. in Broken Arrow contingent on the city’s approval of a request to expand parking space south of the building.
The company, which also owns the Broken Arrow Daily Ledger, said it will relocate the Ledger from its 3,300-SF offices at 110 W. Kenosha to the new facilities by mid-April or early May. In addition, it will close its 22,000-SF office at 8545 E. 41st St. in Tulsa and transfer 40 employees to Broken Arrow.
Both buildings are now for sale.
The Daily Ledger is part of CPI’s Neighbor Newspapers division, a 15-newspaper group serving eastern Oklahoma. CPI also owns and operates newspapers, Web sites and commercial printing facilities in Missouri and Arkansas.
Mike Brown, Neighbor Newspapers publisher, said with the recent purchase of Nowata Printing Co. and the planned relocation of the company’s printing and mailroom operation, the company found itself with more building than it needed.
Consolidating the two operations in Broken Arrow is especially appropriate, he noted, because the downtown site was originally the home of the Broken Arrow Ledger. It was built by then owner and publisher C.A. McWilliams and opened in 1978. In recent years, it was occupied by Control Devices Inc., which recently moved to expanded quarters in BA.
“This period of growth for the company seemed like a great opportunity to increase our presence in the Broken Arrow community,” Brown said. “Many of our newspapers have been part of their hometowns for more than 100 years. In many cases they are the oldest continuing business in these communities. Having a physical presence in our newspaper communities is important to us.”
Renovations at Nowata Printing include the addition of a 12-unit Goss Magnum press which “will give us tremendous additional color and page capacity, and a much faster press,” Brown said.
It will be capable of printing up to 40,000 copies per hour. New computer-to-plate technology will also improve print quality.

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