Middlebury, Vermont – (June 23, 2014) – On June 4’th, a fire damaged Vermont Soap’s certified organic soap factory and destroyed production equipment – but not the spirit of the employees. Thankfully, no one was in the building at the time and the fire department responded quickly. Vermont Soap is in the process of moving and building a new factory to continue making their popular line of organic soaps and personal care products. The company is pleased to announce that it has signed a lease on a building at 183 Industrial Ave in Middlebury – just down the road from the fire gutted factory on Exchange St. in Middlebury.
“We will be even stronger after we overcome this challenge,” noted CEO and founder Larry Plesent. “We are not going out of business, we have good insurance, and we are keeping all our employees busy with the move to the new site on Industrial Ave,” he added.
The Middlebury company, which has been an iconic brand and leading organic advocate in the natural products industry since 1992, employs 23 local people. “Our new factory will be bigger and have new equipment, which will allow us to continue to grow here in Middlebury. The community that has been a huge help in supporting us throughout this ordeal,” said Plesent. “Our Discount Factory Outlet on Exchange Street sustained less fire and smoke damage, it’s being repaired and will be reopening at the Exchange St location very soon. “We hope to be manufacturing and shipping again at the Industrial Ave location within 90 days,” added Plesent.
For more than two decades, Vermont Soap has been replacing yucky stuff with yummy stuff by manufacturing 100% natural and non-toxic alternatives to the chemical-based personal care products now in general use. Vermont Soap’s products are so natural they are certified to USDA organic food standard. Organic personal care products are of special benefit to chemically sensitive and immune system impaired individuals who often react to laundry, dish and other common detergents and mass market formulations. And of course all of Vermont Soap’s products are free of artificial colors and fragrances, chemical preservatives, and animal by-products. They do not test on animals.
Vermont Soap offers many certified organic bath, beauty and cleaning products including handmade bar soaps for sensitive skin, anti-aging products, underarm deodorant, natural oral care, pet products, and non-toxic, all-purpose cleaners. Many of the products they have created were the first in their category to be USDA approved and certified organic.
About Vermont Soap
Larry Plesent started this socially responsible company in Middlebury, Vermont in 1992 after experiencing severe skin problems from detergents used by his window washing company. He began researching healthy alternatives for himself and the many people like him that are sensitive to detergents and other synthetic ingredients commonly used in personal care product formulations. The company has grown from a two person operation in 1992 to the largest manufacturer of handmade organic bar soap in North America, selling products in more than 2,500 stores nationwide and factory direct to consumers world-wide. Vermont Soaps’ manufacturing operation was among the first in the US to be certified as a USDA organic processing facility specializing in topical products. For more information, visit www.vermontsoap.com or call 1-866-SOAP-4U2.