Vermont media company buys Sussex Printing


Vermont-based O’Rourke Media Group has acquired the Sussex Printing Corporation in Seaford. The transaction includes The Guide,, and commercial real estate.     

Sussex Printing had been for sale and was listed in a media brokerage site for some time.

“I’m excited to welcome The Guide and all of their employees into our Company,” said Jim O’Rourke, O’Rourke Media Group CEO.   “As I studied this Delmarva market and got to know Amy and Tim, the current owners, I just got more and more excited about this company.  The Guide has a strong brand and aligns nicely to our growth strategy as it relates to print advertising, printing & design, and digital.  We’re charged up to work with the team on expanding our digital business and agency in the state of Delaware, and we love the market’s proximity to Philadelphia, South New Jersey, and Maryland.”  

Sussex Printing was formed more than 60 years ago The Guide maintains a print footprint on the Delmarva Peninsula and has an advertising base of customers, including classifieds.   The Guide, an advertising shopper, is printed in-house and distributed with company drivers and vehicles.   

“Our employees are hard-working, dedicated, and are like my family,” says Amy Higgins, third-generation owner, and president.  “With that said, I’m confident that I’m leaving my company in great hands with Jim and O’Rourke Media Group.”


O’Rourke Media Group took over April 1 and will hire all 50 current employees, a release stated.

O’Rourke Media Group operates in six states with a full-service digital agency and 23 publications and hyperlocal websites. 

Grimes & McGovern represented the seller for this transaction.