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Organic Valley Fire

A fire destroyed part of the Organic Valley headquarters May 14 and 15 in La Farge. Erik Daily

Some Organic Valley employees displaced by the fire at the headquarters building in La Farge last month will have a temporary workspace at Couleecap in Westby.

Grace Jones, executive director of Couleecap, said Organic Valley needed space for 220 employees after the fire, and up to 65 of the employees will have temporary space at Couleecap.

“Couleecap’s slogan is ‘People Helping People,’ so when we saw the fire at Organic Valley headquarters we immediately offered our excess space to help out this great local employer,” Jones said. “Plans are not completely final, but Couleecap employees are moving and consolidating spaces in order to free up office spaces for Organic Valley.”

Jones said Couleecap is moving 19 of its 33 staff members into a smaller area to free up a larger space for Organic Valley employees to work.

“The space we freed up for OV totals 8,900 square feet, which includes meeting rooms and office space,” Jones said. “This internal move does not impact our service to clients or the operation of our programs. OV generously helped us with our moving costs.”

Organic Valley is paying Couleecap rent, “which will help us with our budgets and programs,” Jones said.

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Jones said she has been keeping the city of Westby and the Westby Chamber of Commerce informed about the move.

Organic Valley officials did not respond to messages left on Thursday.

A fire destroyed a portion of the Organic Valley headquarters building in La Farge on May 14 and 15. After giving employees at the building one day off after the fire, the cooperative went back to business. In a statement issued in the week after the fire, cooperative officials said they intended to rebuild in La Farge.

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