Fire At Factory

UPDATED: July 8, 2014
Middlebury FD on the scene. Soapman's gardens in the foreground.

Middlebury FD on the scene. Soapman’s gardens in the foreground.

Just after 9pm on Wednesday, June 4th a fire broke out in one of the production areas of our factory. Thankfully no one was in the building at the time, and the fire department responded quickly.

The Bad News

On Thursday and Friday after the fire we were optimistic we would be able to get back into our offices and shipping area that week and resume shipping soap out to our customers. Unfortunately the smoke damage was much more extensive than originally thought, and we had to relocate our factory.


Vermont Soap Founder and CEO Larry Plesent Receiving the Keys to Our New Space

The Good News!

We secured new space in Middlebury right up the road and are working to rebuild our soap factory. Our new facility will be bigger, with new equipment and enable us to continue to grow.

I placed an order, when will it ship?

We are on track to resume shipping this week (July 10th). Can’t wait? Email us at for service.

I tried to order online, and everything is ‘Out of Stock’ – what’s up with that?

We have temporarily suspended online ordering until our existing orders are filled.

I’ve been trying to call/email you and have not been able to get through, what’s going on?

The fire damaged a lot of phone and networking wires, and as a result our phone has been unreliable, and not all staff have access to email. Please email us at for service.

Please subscribe to our newsletter, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and you’ll be the first to know when we re-open our web store.

Thank you for your support and patience! We look forward to getting back to making great organic products for you.

All the Best,

Larry Plesent and The Soap Crew


  1. D3 on June 6, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Glad things are under control and we hope that your insurance gets you repaired soon!

  2. Nancy Rae Mallery on June 6, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    So good to hear all is well over there. Looks like the garden is in good shape. Thank goodness the fire dept responded quickly! Too much good stuff in there!

  3. Eugene S on June 9, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    So glad to hear that no one was hurt! I’m looking forward for everything to get in touch with your team again (I’m looking at you, Bill!), and glad that you’re using this incident as an opportunity to move into a bigger factory!!!

  4. Lani on June 9, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Oh I’m sorry to hear about the fire. Thank God no one was hurt. Praying you’ll be back on your feet soon. God bless!

  5. Richie S on June 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Glad to hear the good news no one is hurt we get your soap wherever we visit my sister and brother in law that live in Crown Point, NY your soap does the best for my hands because i am a oul heat tech and it can be a very dirty job and i also help out on a dairy farm nearby we all know what kind of job that is keep up the good work
    Richie from Stone Ridge, NY Mid Hudson Valley. In the Catskill Mountains

  6. maria on June 12, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Glad to hear no one was hurt and the new facility is moving along. We love the products you make for us and wishing you a swift return because Naked needs you!

  7. Cynthia Hensley on June 13, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Looking forward to being able to order some of your wonderful soaps again for myself and for gifts!

  8. Brian Paris on June 16, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Sorry to hear of the fire Larry. I wish you a quick recovery and start up at your new location. Can’t wait to visit when your up an running again. Hang in there friend. We’re rooting for you!

  9. Gloria on June 19, 2014 at 1:50 am

    It is so sad to hear about the fire and the damage it caused. It is good to hear that no one was hurt. I hope everything goes well so that you guys could continue to offer your customers your great products.

  10. Ellen Lippman on June 23, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Holy cow! I have been in Norway on vacay for two weeks and could not understand why I hadn’t heard from Bill on the NDA we sent to ya but now I get it! Sooo glad no one was hurt! Talk to you soon! Ellen, Shanna and CJ from GreenSeenInc

  11. Sandy on June 25, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    So sorry about the fire. Glad no one was injured. Will be looking forward to placing a new order. God Bless you all.

  12. Robin on June 26, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I’m so glad that you are all well and that now you will be able to grow even bigger and better as a company. Will be praying for you that all goes smoothly as you transition. I just logged on to order some more of your great products!

    • Teresa on August 26, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      Now you can say “Made in the U.S.A.” despite a stinkin’ fire. Keep up the good work!!! I’m glad nobody was hurt. Remember the adverse conditions our forefathers had to deal with; China needs a big NO THANK YOU in the form of your comeback.

  13. C3 on September 10, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Any update? The last information is from 2 months ago (July 8th). Anxiously waiting to be able to order again.

    • Vermont Soap on September 11, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      Hi, we are adding new items to our website everyday and our rebuilding efforts continue full steam ahead. Is there a particular product you’re looking to order?

  14. Tanya on September 16, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Missing you guys at the BIG E this year! 🙁

  15. derese on October 26, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Glad everyone is doing well. I cant wait until you’re fully up and running. I’m also like a kid that’s promised to be taken to disney land and cant sit still from being excited, well thats how I feel about your soap. Cant wait to order the bulk box 🙂 You guys rock!! 🙂

  16. Collin on February 5, 2015 at 10:52 pm

    I am glad to hear you guys are still producing. I can’t wait to buy your soap again. Nothing else feels as good or cleans as well!

  17. Collin on February 5, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Especially the Woodspice scent. I can’t wait to have that again.

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