From ice cream makers to newspaper publishers to granite crafters, many companies started in Vermont and deeply identified with the “Vermont brand” are being sold to out-of-state interests. Losing their Vermont identity, or just gaining longterm stability?
"Vermont communities often feel deeply tied to the companies, like Ben & Jerry’s, that grew up in their midst. In recent years, several other Green Mountain-grown businesses have been sold out of state. That can come with perks, like more cash and opportunities to reach new markets. It also can move the management beyond state lines."
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