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Fox Chapel Publishing Acquires Creative Homeowner Assets from Courier Corporation
The deal provides Fox Chapel with 100 additional active titles, following an April 2014 purchase from New Holland Publishers (UK)
Fox Chapel publishes books, magazines, patterns, and videos in areas ranging from woodworking, jewelry making, and sewing to boating, farming and beer making. The fast-growing independent publisher has been diversifying its operations in recent years. In April 2014, it acquired titles from New Holland Publishers (UK) in a purchase that more than doubled the number of books it publishes annually. Over the last 12 months, Fox Chapel has added 1000 active titles to its list.
Recent best-selling titles under the Creative Homeowner imprint include Backyard Homesteading, Chickens for the Backyard Homesteader, and Garden Secrets for Attracting Birds. Popular book series in the line include Char-Broil barbeque books and the Lowes Home Plan titles. Creative Homeowner’s imprint is strong in well-researched regional landscaping and gardening guides, such as Northeast Home Landscaping and Texas Home Landscaping.
Ray Wolf, Fox Chapel Sales Director, commented: “I’ve competed with Creative Homeowner for most of my professional life, while working for Rodale, Quarto, HomeDepot.com, and Meredith Corporation. I’m very familiar with the Creative line. It will be great to have them on my side going forward. I know what a strong title line-up they have, and how well consumers respond to the titles. Creative’s retailers have proven to be very loyal to the line over the years, and I am sure they will love the improvements and additions we make to the line.”
Fox Chapel president Alan Giagnocavo noted: “The quality of these CHP titles is outstanding -- gorgeous color photography with authoritative editorial content. We are very pleased to add them to our line. And the ability to field such a top sales force that is very knowledgeable about the books and customers from day one is a rare gift.”
ABOUT FOX CHAPEL PUBLISHING
Publishers Weekly has named Fox Chapel Publishing a “Top 10 Fastest Growing Independent Publisher” four times since 2006. Fox Chapel publishes books, magazines, patterns, and videos for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. The company inspires and informs readers who enjoy a variety of crafts and hobbies, including woodworking, cooking, needlework, pyrography, home and garden, outdoor recreation, kid craft, Zentangle®, and more. Fox Chapel publishes two magazines, Woodcarving Illustrated and Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts, and more than 1000 book titles. The publisher’s imprints include Design Originals, Heliconia Press, and IMM Lifestyle Books. For more information please visit http://www.foxchapelpublishing.com.