New Products Corporation is being squeezed out of local media–especially local media in Benton Harbor. Since September 2011 when NPC filed its lawsuit against Whirlpool and others for stealing the company’s property, The Herald-Palladium, the local daily newspaper, has not published NPC’s news releases or reported on:
Matters of our stolen property
- The launch of this website
- NPC pointing to maps dating to 2005 of development plans on their property
- NPC raising awareness at the 2012 Senior PGA
- NPC’s offer to lease its property for $1 on the 18th fairway to the 2014 Senior PGA. The Herald-Palladium actually ran a credit card for a paid ad, and the publisher killed the ad.
Legal complaints and updates
- Whirlpool’s attempts to purchase the property and facilities of NPC’s neighbor, Modern Plastics, for only $25,000
- Whirlpool’s attempts to block NPC from receiving third party documents important to the lawsuit
- Whirlpool’s efforts to prevent NPC from receiving a jury trial
New Products Business or Interest Press Releases
- NPC Says ‘No’ to Proposed Tax
- NPC as the highest bidder for Modern Plastics Mortgage and the Our Successful Purchase of the Mortgage Note
- Significant NPC employee anniversaries (45 years!)
- Contributions to the Benton Harbor Library, American Red Cross and others
- NPC achievements including NPC’s 90th anniversary in 2012 and Berrien County Manufacturer’s Award
- NPC Welcomes Visit from Rep. Al Pscholka
- NPC Reports Growth in Manufacturing Orders
It is fair to say that newspapers and other media have the right to not publish or report news they deem is not newsworthy. Since when are 100 jobs and a 92 year old manufacturer in Benton Harbor NOT NEWSWORTHY to the local community?
Yet, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and other national news outlets have published news about NPC. As a result of The Herald-Palladium’s refusal to report on issues facing NPC, the company purchased newspaper ads and letters to the community. However, in July 2013, NPC purchased an ad about the company’s offer to lease its property for $1 to the Senior PGA, The Herald-Palladium processed NPC’s payment and then refused to publish the ad.
Ask yourself, ask others, ask Whirlpool—why the local media SQUEEZE? You have a right to know.