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Major seed company bankrupt?
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Leo    Posted 01-05-2002 at 12:20:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My mother-in-law says one or major garden seed companies went bankrupt and she won't get her catalogue this spring. I suspect this is rumour only, but does anyone know of a midwest co. going broke?

Chris    Posted 01-05-2002 at 17:36:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
FWITW, IHank I did a quick check around the web for the three companies that used to send catalogs to my folks. Looks like all three are in business but I noticed that only Henry and Gurney have a link to order a 2002 seed catalog on the main page. Maybe Earl May isn't sending them? That's only a guess. Gurney and Henry also seem to be using the same webmaster :)

IHank    Posted 01-05-2002 at 19:05:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Chris- Like I said, memory about local news item a while back is vague.

Yes, Earl May is pretty agressive and putting in store/service centers in all the yuppie areas around here. My guess is that the other firms are doing some kind of marketing operations change.

Please keep posting info, because you folks got me curious about what's happening right here in Iowa. IHank

IHank    Posted 01-05-2002 at 13:33:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Leo- I vaguely remember a local news item about it some time back. Seems like Henry Field company doing a major make over after many, many, years in business. But, there was nothing about going broke and shutting down. Seems some of it was about how they were going to re-do their sales efforts, which might have triggered the rumor you mention.

Earl May is getting bigger and has good retail stores, with strong customer service, in major cities here in Iowa. They are big into providing technical resource program material for local TV news stations. How far away they do this I don't know.

The rumor is disturbing to me as an Iowan, so anybody with hard facts please post here! IHank

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