Cypress Grove in Arcata bought by Swiss cheese giant

Arcata's locally owned and nationally renowned goat cheese maker -- has been sold. Full Story
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Harry

United States

#43 Aug 22, 2010
Knock Kneed wrote:
Everyone here who has built up a company from scratch into an internationally renowned and respected brand, please raise your hand.
Gee, that many, huh? OK. And here I thought that many of these comments came from people who were simply venting as a way to reinforce their own fears or agendas.
Well put. People are jealous when others work hard and succeed. People who can't do complain loudly. That's what makes up the complainer base against improving our roads allowing access, for business exports and imports, into and out of Humboldt County. The complainers do nothing but complain, while those that do make Humboldt County a great place to live and work.

And that doesn't include the "rabbit hole" marijuana economy that supports the complainers, most of who moved here to grow and smoke their "product". The times are changing and it's a good thing. Humboldt County is poised for positive growth into the future!
VLAD

Mountain View, CA

#44 Aug 22, 2010
this is not good, anyone remember Bandon Cheese Co.? Tillamook bought them out and demolished the building.
Sharon

Arcata, CA

#45 Aug 22, 2010
Food blog - insider's thoughts on the sale:

http://gordonzola.net/2010/08/22/cypress-grov...
This Is Ridiculous

Sacramento, CA

#46 Aug 22, 2010
The woman has been working her ass off for 30 years, and apparently, the only thing she could have done to keep the Grovies and the rest of the say-no crowd happy was to work herself into the ground. This has nothing to do with Richardson Grove, and everything to do with the fact that when you've worked your butt off, you deserve some reward. She's turned down numerous offers because they didn't offer the employees protection. It was part of the agreement that the company would stay local. As for the milk for the cheese being imported from elsewhere, maybe there would be more goats in them thar hills if there weren't so many plants in them. Spare us the paranoia and the bullshit, and the resentment of the people who've actually made it in this world without giving up their principles. Which Mary hasn't.
fun time

Eureka, CA

#47 Aug 22, 2010
This Is Ridiculous wrote:
The woman has been working her **** off for 30 years, and apparently, the only thing she could have done to keep the Grovies and the rest of the say-no crowd happy was to work herself into the ground. This has nothing to do with Richardson Grove, and everything to do with the fact that when you've worked your butt off, you deserve some reward. She's turned down numerous offers because they didn't offer the employees protection. It was part of the agreement that the company would stay local. As for the milk for the cheese being imported from elsewhere, maybe there would be more goats in them thar hills if there weren't so many plants in them. Spare us the paranoia and the ****, and the resentment of the people who've actually made it in this world without giving up their principles. Which Mary hasn't.
I applaud anyone who works hard and has principles. Those who build and own their own business may do whatever they want to with it.
She insisted the business remains local and give employees protection which is all very good.
The reality is at some point the large corporation will do what they always do.
They will eventually move it or shut it down locally because there are many ways they can do so and they will.

It's all about the money at their level. But that does not make her a bad person for selling but if she thinks that it will remain local forever she would seem to be naive and I doubt that.
So eventually, goodbye.
Koalabear2525

Campbell, CA

#48 Aug 22, 2010
so fix the freeway and how about 288 it needs road work also .who the heck is going to miss a few trees next to the road way . maybe a few more people need to run into them and die first .
Koalabear2525

Campbell, CA

#49 Aug 22, 2010
carl johnson, lot by that small airport be a nice place for home depot or lowes
fun time

Eureka, CA

#50 Aug 22, 2010
Koalabear2525 wrote:
so fix the freeway and how about 288 it needs road work also .who the heck is going to miss a few trees next to the road way . maybe a few more people need to run into them and die first .
Do you have the statistics on how many vehicles have run into the trees and how many have died?
A lot of would be interested in them.

Thank you
fun time

Eureka, CA

#51 Aug 22, 2010
Oops, a lot of people, ect.
Jah Love

Alameda, CA

#52 Aug 22, 2010
They need a "Humboldt Goat Hash"

Alternate Humboldt Fog 1/2" with 1/6" hash five times. Excellent flavor and it works great wish some organic crackers.
Barbara Williams

United States

#53 Aug 24, 2010
Humboldt Thug wrote:
Terrible news. Now they are going to expand and hire more people. If we want to keep Humboldt small, local companies have to stop creating jobs.
Are you crazy? What are you a "trust baby?' This is a clean, green business AND we NEED more jobs here -- idiot.
Andi Mitchell

United States

#54 Aug 24, 2010
Old Town wrote:
Look, if she was going to sell out, and it seems pretty much anyone will, at least she tried to insure that they keep the company here and retain their employees, but I'd have to see the contract to know just what assurances there are that in five years, they won't close the door, make the cheese in some big city, but still keep the name. From the story as written, it sounds like Mary worked hard to insure that does not happen.
I do have to say that for her to push for the Richardson Grove road widening when she's willing to sell out seems wrong.
There was a family who bought a home in Trinidad west of Stagecoach Rd, who closed off a trial that locals had been using since before time, to access the public beach. The trail was far from their home, but they could see folks walking from across the meadow and these former city folks put up a fence to close the beach access. Two years later, they sold the property and moved, forever changing the way of life for those they left behind, many of whom had always lived in the neighborhood.
One question I have is will the Independent Business Alliance drop them as members, since they no longer qualify?
----> " will the Independent Business Alliance drop them as members, since they no longer qualify?" Let's hope so - the IBA doesn't even consider Los Bagels local. Even though she is staying on to "run" the company, Mary Keehan no longer owes the company, it is now owed by a corporation, not locally.
Cheese It

Eureka, CA

#55 Sep 5, 2010
Yes Emmi agreed to keep the illegal workers and not ask questions. Workers will lose their jobs. By the way, there's very few workers there who are legal "locals." Most of the money earned by workers there goes to Mexico not the local economy, except maybe to WinCo and the Grocery Outlet. Which aren't local store anyway I guess. If their workers lose their jobs, they'll just move to another city and live and work with family elsewhere. It's not like 40 locals will be out of work.

Humboldt County is only a few percent of total sales, Cypress never really cares about the local scene. So what if we all boycott, it won't affect them at all. She had no choice but to sell, she can't leave it to her 3 loser tweeker McKinleyville kids, and none of the workers are legal so they can't legally own anything as a worker owned business. And yes it is obvious now that emmi wanted cypress to push the richardson grove project so roads could support more non local milk delivery.
Vince

Eureka, CA

#56 Sep 10, 2010
Cheese It wrote:
Yes Emmi agreed to keep the illegal workers and not ask questions. Workers will lose their jobs. By the way, there's very few workers there who are legal "locals." Most of the money earned by workers there goes to Mexico not the local economy, except maybe to WinCo and the Grocery Outlet. Which aren't local store anyway I guess. If their workers lose their jobs, they'll just move to another city and live and work with family elsewhere. It's not like 40 locals will be out of work.
Humboldt County is only a few percent of total sales, Cypress never really cares about the local scene. So what if we all boycott, it won't affect them at all. She had no choice but to sell, she can't leave it to her 3 loser tweeker McKinleyville kids, and none of the workers are legal so they can't legally own anything as a worker owned business. And yes it is obvious now that emmi wanted cypress to push the richardson grove project so roads could support more non local milk delivery.
It's pretty slimy of you to bring Mary's kids into this debate and libel them that way and in the same letter accuse her of criminal and unethical behavior. I notice you didn't sign your name to any of this, could it be because of cowardice on your part and the fact that you can't prove anything that you say?
The bottom line is that this is Mary's company and she can do what she darn well pleases with it.
Vince

Eureka, CA

#58 Sep 12, 2010
Disgruntled worker...I thought so. It's one thing to disagree with someone on the issues, but to go after their children is despicable and cowardly.
Cheese It

Eureka, CA

#60 Sep 12, 2010
I'm guessing your English isn't so good, I'm not really sure what you're trying to say. Yes, I worked in a place that employed 10 people, not sure what your point is.
Marko wrote:
CheeseIt, a tip to an anonymous jerk nature of the Internet posting board is not to say that you all worked in a place that employed ten people.
impale tHAD

United States

#62 Oct 31, 2010
im and thad, the impaler of truth. go giants.
Fun time

Eureka, CA

#63 Oct 31, 2010
the quiet one wrote:
@Cheese lover - check a map Switzerland is not local.
Yakima anyone?
What was wrong with her success before? I have seen their cheeses all over the United States, the article mentions some of the international awards they have won and they have provided stable jobs in Humboldt County. That seems successful to me.
Selling out to a multinational corporation who will expand production at the cost of quality and hence, the value of the name brand does not fit my definition of success. Although i know that fist-full of $$ she made must of felt real good. Is success only defined by cash?
Hey Times-Standard save this thread please. When Yakima happens again all these celebrators can learn a lesson in how the "authentically local vs multinational corporation" battle ends....
"Is success only defined by cash?"

Remember 2 famous quotes: "Greed is good!" and "he who dies with the most money wins."

Unfortunately it won't be me.

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