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Say it ain't so -- Crystal...

December 26 2005 at 10:18 PM

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I heard that the owner of Baumer Foods (makers of Crystal Hot Sauce, jams, jellies, etc.) was seen in the news stating that he's moving his company out of town.  If I heard correctly, perhaps even out of state.

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Re: Say it ain't so -- Crystal...

December 26 2005, 10:19 PM 

yikes! that would be a shame. But I'll go back to buying Lea & Perrins for worcestershire if that happens...

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I hope it's a rumor

December 26 2005, 10:25 PM 

but several members of my family said they saw or heard the same news item (I think they said it was on TV). 

If ever there was a time to support local businesses, the time is NOW.



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And even worse

December 26 2005, 10:23 PM 

I read they were taking their sign with them.

Haaarumph!

 
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OhMaGawd

December 26 2005, 10:26 PM 

I was hoping that the billboard survived the storm.  I better get over there soon and take a photo for posterity.

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The story link

December 26 2005, 10:27 PM 


 
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Re: The story link

December 26 2005, 10:30 PM 

"would not be in New Orleans"

that doesn't rule out Metairie or Harahan...

It's not surprising that he won't re-open in NOLA, given the numerous issues involved, not to mention trying to repair damage sustained in the flood.

I hope they leave the billboard, though...

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Conflicting information

December 26 2005, 11:19 PM 

In one sentence he says it won't be N.O. and the next sentence he says if he can locate the employees and they could find a place to live, they would prolly all come back to the area. Huh?

Check my reading and interpretation skills on this:

<<Though he wouldn't discuss locations, Baumer said the site would not be in New Orleans, where the company has operated for 81 years.

For now, most of Baumer's 250 employees are scattered to the winds. He has been trying to contact them and thinks that if he can get a plant up and running and the employees can find a place to live, most would return to the area.>>

 
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"the area"

December 26 2005, 11:22 PM 

Generally speaking, "the area" includes the Metro Area -- surrounding cities, even surrounding parishes.  At least, that's how I interpret the article.



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Re: "the area"

December 27 2005, 12:09 AM 

exactly. There are a lot of business people who get soured on doing business in the city because of the politics, etc. Nagin was doing better, but the hostile environment that the Morial administration created for many business owners still existed. When some of these folks say "not New Orleans," they don't mean Mobile, just Kenner or Elmwood.

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Jefferson Parish perhaps?

December 27 2005, 12:03 PM 

it is really different dealing with Jefferson Parish vs. Orleans parish if you are a business owner. And that could possibly be part of it. The neighborhood where he is currently located is the childhood neighborhood of one of my friends. He said growing up in that neighborhood & what it is like now is like night & day. That could also weigh in on the situation, not to mention flood waters.

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NOOAWLINSMA
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I heard the same thing

December 27 2005, 7:43 PM 

Crystal...gone...gone...gone

 
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Nothing definite.......

December 27 2005, 7:50 PM 

.....could be moving to Harahan or another place just as close. Nothing written in stone.


 
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In today's Times Picayune

December 28 2005, 8:45 AM 


http://www.nola.com/business/t-p/index.ssf?/base/money-0/113575337440910.xml


Meanwhile, Baumer said Tuesday that it's moving closer to securing a new permanent site in the New Orleans area.

Terry Hanes, chief operations officer for Baumer, said the company has inked a long-term lease for administrative offices at 2424 Edenborn Ave. in Metairie and is close to sealing a deal for a processing plant location.

Hanes declined to name the parish where the new plant will be located, but said that it has existing buildings and that Baumer is considering building a new plant.

The 82-year-old company has operated in the city for decades, but Katrina destroyed the plant and offices of the condiment bottler and shipper.


 
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Yipee!!

December 28 2005, 8:55 AM 

Sounds like they want to stay in the neighborhood. Can't imagine "Crystal" being bottled in, say, Nebraska.

 
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