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Dan River Plants, LLC Suspends Operations

Thursday, March 19, 2015  
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Dan River Plants, LLC (DRP) suspended operations on Friday, February 13 at their Cane Creek facility affecting eleven employees.

“This is a difficult announcement to make and an even more difficult decision to reach,” said Mark Gignac, general manager of Dan River Plants. “After several years of trying to build a profitable business, we have come to the conclusion that this business model is not a good fit for this industry.”

“Plants are a living entity that aren’t easily controlled in a manufacturing environment and we’ve learned that throughout this entire process,” said Gignac. “This work is highly volatile and our production cycle cannot support our current business model. While this is not the outcome we worked towards, we know that as with all entrepreneurial endeavors, risks are taken and success is not guaranteed.”

DRP is a tissue culture business that “clones” plants for a variety of clients throughout the United States. It was the first commercial spinoff for the Center for Sustainable and Renewable Resources (CSRR). CSRR is a collaboration between the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech and the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research (IALR) in Danville.

“Dan River Plants made great strides to support the mass production of high-value, specialized plant varieties,” said Gignac. “I am proud of the work our team has done and know that the research that has been diligently catalogued over the past several years will be used to advance new ideas in plant propagation in the future.”

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