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Quincy Farms Announces Plan to Close

- Posted: 11/13/08

Quincy, FL - (November 13, 2008) - Quincy Farms announced November 12 that it will be phasing out and closing its mushroom growing facility employing 490 people. The company is owned by Sylvan, Inc. which is a global supplier of mushroom products. The company is the world's leading producer and distributor of mushroom spawn which is the equivalent of seed. Earlier this year, Quincy shut down three satellite mushroom growing facilities that were built in 2001 to take out excess production due to the economy and loss sells. Quincy Farms has been in business in Gadsden County since October 1980 selling fresh mushrooms to customers located throughout the southeastern United States. Company officials were on-site to provide advance notification to its employees.

This shutdown decision was the result of recent events that undermined Quincy Farms' authority to profitably operate their facility, including decreased consumer demand, increased competition, and the loss of a major customer.

"The community, for nearly thirty years, has been very supportive of our company and it is with a deep regret that this decision had to be made," stated executive vice president, Dan Lucovich. "We are very committed to ensuring that our employees transition successfully into other employment opportunities."

"There's never a good time for something like this to happen. I think it brings home the realization of what's happening in the economy when we have our largest private employer facing a decision like this," said Gene Morgan, the commissioner-elect of district three. "It's regrettable because of the number of families involved and the citizens that are facing unemployment."

Morgan continued, "And, from a county government perspective it brings to light the importance of proper fiscal management so that we can effectively provide the best services during tough economic times."

The shutting down of the operation will not be immediate; there will be multiple phases over the next two months which will culminate with an anticipated closure in January 2009. Over the coming weeks, company officials will be working closely with the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce, WORKFORCE plus and other community stakeholders to ensure that services are provided to the employees that will be impacted. Some of these services will include providing workshops and training specific to securing employment in other industries. Additionally, there will be a coordinated effort to reach out to other area employers who may be in need of workers with these specific skill sets.

"WORKFORCE plus will work hand-in-hand with Quincy Farms to decrease the overall impact felt in the community by providing expanded services during non-traditional hours to meet their needs," stated chief executive officer, Kimberly Moore.

"We are working diligently with the owners of Quincy Farms and our state and regional economic development partners to recruit another business for this location," said David Gardner, the Chamber's executive director.

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


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