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Negotiations Keep Hope Alive for Jobs

- Posted: 12/09/08

QUINCY, FL (December 9, 2008) - The Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce and Sylvan, Inc., the parent company of Quincy Farms, announced on December 9 negotiations are taking place for the possible group sale of the Quincy Farms facilities. During the past thirty years, Quincy Farms grew to be known as one of Gadsden County's largest private employers. On November 12, Quincy Farms stated plans to phase out and close its mushroom growing facility employing 490 people.

The upcoming closure is expected to take place in January 2009 however the Chamber and Sylvan are working together to interest promising companies to take on the facilities, operations, and more importantly, the employees of Quincy Farms.

"I can assure you the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce, Sylvan, WORKFORCE plus and our other economic development partners are working intensely to save these jobs," stated David Gardner, the executive director of the Chamber. "We are truly interested in the long term viability of this operation.

The Chamber's objective is to find a company that can and will utilize the facility and its current workforce. The Chamber and Sylvan said releasing specific details regarding any transaction at this early date could jeopardize a possible sale.

Dan Lucovich, the executive vice president for Sylvan, said, "We are canvassing the mushroom industry looking for potential buyers to run and manage Quincy Farms."

In the meantime, company officials continue to work closely with the Chamber, WORKFORCE plus and other community stakeholders to ensure that services are provided to the employees that are impacted. WORKFORCE plus has scheduled the Quincy Farms Resource Fair on December 18 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at their offices located at 1140 West Clark Street in Quincy. The Resource Fair will allow local agencies and partners to gather to provide information about job placement and training assistance, information on health insurance coverage, career and financial counseling and resume writing and application completion assistance along with help in applying for public assistance and/or food stamps.

For additional information, please contact the Chamber at gadsdencc@tds.net or (850) 627-9231. Individuals interested in employment assistance should contact WORKFORCE plus at (850) 875-4040.