Plow And Hearth Sold

Plow And Hearth Sold

There are 14 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Dec 16, 2009, titled Plow And Hearth Sold. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Madison County's largest employer is being sold to a company based in Richmond. An affiliate company of Evergreen Enterprises Incorporated is buying Plow and Hearth and its four brands for $17million from 1-800 Flowers.

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french dip

AOL

#1 Dec 16, 2009
Their prices were a little pricey. Hopefully the new owner will be more market wise!
VAResident

Winchester, VA

#3 Dec 17, 2009
Well, Apathy, a lot of people care. Like the ones that lost their jobs last year and the ones that could still lose their jobs in a possible restructure. Hopefully that won't happen and Evergreen can do what 1800flowers.com couldn't do. I worked there for 4 years and it went downhill quick, due in part to trying to make P&H fit the 'gifting-type' company that 1800flowers.com is. I say 'hooray' and hopefully the new owners will bring P&H back to the original type of company it once was which happened to be a great, reasonably-priced, Made in USA company.

Since: Aug 09

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Dec 17, 2009
I agree with you VA resident. I would like to see P&H as it was before it became the overpriced company it is now. Let's hope teh Richmond-based company can bring it back to us middle-class people.
ocva

Powhatan, VA

#5 Dec 17, 2009
I've missed the old P&H! If the new owners return things to the way they were, especially American made products,fomerly loyal customers will be back. New customers will be drawn to the things they can't find at other retailers selling almost 100% made in China, often inferior products.
pathetic

United States

#6 Dec 17, 2009
the company that bought P & H is a Chinese company. They're already forcing out the workers who've been there for years & replacing them with part timers. so they don't have to pay benefits.
ocva

Powhatan, VA

#7 Dec 17, 2009
pathetic wrote:
the company that bought P & H is a Chinese company. They're already forcing out the workers who've been there for years & replacing them with part timers. so they don't have to pay benefits.
Look at Evergeen's website. It IS Chinese! This doesn't bode well for those of us who hoped to see the "old" P&H come back. How disappointing. And I have to agree with you about the employees. I heard even part timers are being laid off

Since: Aug 09

Charlottesville, VA

#8 Dec 17, 2009
That doesn't bode well with me. It is indeed disappointing.
DHay

Dunn Loring, VA

#9 Dec 17, 2009
As a long term employee I can say we are excited about the future for Plow & Hearth and its sister brands. Evergreen Enterprises is a well respected, community and employee focused company founded and headquartered in Richmond. There are no plans for changing operations or cutting staff. During the busy Christmas rush we hire a significant number of seasonal and part-time employees. When the season is over we drop staffing back to our core associates, so changes in the size of our workforce are normal. It is the quality of our company (people, facilities, stores and products) that attracted Evergreenís attention and ultimately led to the purchase. I am confident the partnership will allow both companies to grow and flourish long into the future. David Hay, VP of Marketing and 20 year company veteran.
ocva

Powhatan, VA

#10 Dec 17, 2009
From Evergreen's website:
"Company President Ting Xu and her parents started creating flags in their garage and sold them at the Virginia State Fair. Evergreen Enterprises was born...1996...The company broke the $1 million mark in sales, continuing to focus on developing their inventory, product design,IMPORTING, and distribution...2000...Due to its phenomenal growth, Evergreen Enterprises doubled its staff and cultivated more relationships with MANUFACTURING FACILITIES ABROAD to accomodate its customers' needs...2002...The company broke ground for a new logistics facility in CHINA...2003...Evergreen broke ground for a new warehouse storage facility at their corporate headquarters in Richmond, VA"
(capitalizations are mine). The owners,apparently brilliant business people, may be located in Richmond, but it appears everything they sell is imported. Probably from China. This is not the old P&H i was hoping for
truerising

Ventura, CA

#11 Dec 18, 2009
DHay wrote:
As a long term employee I can say we are excited about the future for Plow & Hearth and its sister brands. Evergreen Enterprises is a well respected, community and employee focused company founded and headquartered in Richmond. There are no plans for changing operations or cutting staff. During the busy Christmas rush we hire a significant number of seasonal and part-time employees. When the season is over we drop staffing back to our core associates, so changes in the size of our workforce are normal. It is the quality of our company (people, facilities, stores and products) that attracted Evergreenís attention and ultimately led to the purchase. I am confident the partnership will allow both companies to grow and flourish long into the future. David Hay, VP of Marketing and 20 year company veteran.
i no comprede
pathetic

United States

#12 Dec 22, 2009
DHay wrote:
As a long term employee I can say we are excited about the future for Plow & Hearth and its sister brands. Evergreen Enterprises is a well respected, community and employee focused company founded and headquartered in Richmond. There are no plans for changing operations or cutting staff. During the busy Christmas rush we hire a significant number of seasonal and part-time employees. When the season is over we drop staffing back to our core associates, so changes in the size of our workforce are normal. It is the quality of our company (people, facilities, stores and products) that attracted Evergreenís attention and ultimately led to the purchase. I am confident the partnership will allow both companies to grow and flourish long into the future. David Hay, VP of Marketing and 20 year company veteran.
hmmmm, sounds like a paid advertisement to ensure purchases before Christmas. We will all see after the first of the year. From what I'm hearing from employees & insiders, they are all in a tizzy, not knowing when they will be let go - and they have to clock out to go to the bathroom! Sounds like a sweatshop operation for sure!
wondering

United States

#14 Dec 23, 2009
Crackle Bugs wrote:
They shoudna sold the plows cause we coulda used em. We dont need harths though.
SNICKER SNICKER SNICKER
OMG

Inglewood, CA

#15 Jan 11, 2010
Clock out to go to the bathroom?! Even Chinese workers don't clock out to go to the bathroom...
Disillusioned

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Jan 11, 2010
All we can do is "vote with our feet" -- if the public doesn't support retailers that have unfair practices or products they don't like, they will not remain in business. On the other hand, Walmart has low prices to go along with the imported products, so that tells you what folks are looking for today. And imported goods are NOT only in Walmart -- if you shopped in JCPenneys, Sears, Belk and other retailers lately, you'll be hard pressed to find much made in the U.S.A. It is a sad trend with a sadder future.

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