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Vermont Milk Co. Lays Off Two


Published July 30, 2008 at 2:12 p.m.

News on the street this week is that The Vermont Milk Company, a firm launched in late 2006 by gubernatorial candidate Anthony Pollina, has laid off two employees — one permanently and one temporarily.

Dennis Myrick, who was hired by the company's board to run the dairy processor and help dig it out of debt, confirmed the rumors to Seven Days early today. The company still has about five employees and does hire temps from time to time, he added.

Pollina stepped down from the company at the end of last year as its vice president when he launched his bid for governor. The Progressive-turned-Independent originally claimed to have "run" the company on his campaign website, but when word got out that farmers were owed tens of thousands of dollars for the milk they had supplied, his website was changed to simply say he had been "on the board."

If this wasn't an election year, the company's troubles might simply warrant a mention on the business pages — another Vermont company hurt by high fuel prices. But, of course, Pollina is vying for the opportunity to oversee the finances of the entire state of Vermont.