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VT company furloughs workers

Associated Press Published: October 12, 2012

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Burlington-based Carbon Harvest has furloughed six of its 11 workers in Brattleboro but denies rumors it is closing.

President Don McCormick told the Brattleboro Reformer Thursday ( he is searching for financing to keep the company operating. He said rumors the company will close are "greatly exaggerated."

The company is billed as the country's first integrated renewable energy-to-agriculture and algae biodiesel project.

The company harvests landfill gas and uses it to generate power. Heat captured from the power plant is provided to a greenhouse where food can be grown year-round.

McCormick said the company already is selling basil and lettuce to several grocery stores.

None of the three staffers in Burlington were affected by the cutback.