’Tis Fox Season in Machias

Posted Dec. 03, 2009, at 11:07 p.m.
FOX News arrived in Machias Thursday for a two-day stay and remote broadcasts about the county's wreath industry and Whitney's Originals, which is the world's largest balsam fir wreath maker. David Whitney, in front of the camera, explained his business, which employs more than 400 local people as tippers, wreath or centerpiece makers, truck drivers or shippers, at nine different locations throughout Washington County. FOX News interviewed Whitney and several of his employees and today will conduct live broadcasts at 9:50 and 11:30 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m. &quotThis will be the feel good story of the day Friday,'' Whitney said. The interviews are a part of a FOX series that focuses on companies that are growing despite a struggling economy. The series of remote broadcasts will end with a dinner that Whitney is providing for all his employees. &quotWe're serving lobster, to support that industry, blueberry pie, to support the blueberry industry, potatoes for Maine potato farmers, and steak,'' Whitney said. Whitney sells his decorated wreaths direct or through QVC shopping network and L.L. Bean. (Bangor Daily News photo by Sharon Kiley Mack)
FOX News arrived in Machias Thursday for a two-day stay and remote broadcasts about the county's wreath industry and Whitney's Originals, which is the world's largest balsam fir wreath maker. David Whitney, in front of the camera, explained his business, which employs more than 400 local people as tippers, wreath or centerpiece makers, truck drivers or shippers, at nine different locations throughout Washington County. FOX News interviewed Whitney and several of his employees and today will conduct live broadcasts at 9:50 and 11:30 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m. "This will be the feel good story of the day Friday,'' Whitney said. The interviews are a part of a FOX series that focuses on companies that are growing despite a struggling economy. The series of remote broadcasts will end with a dinner that Whitney is providing for all his employees. "We're serving lobster, to support that industry, blueberry pie, to support the blueberry industry, potatoes for Maine potato farmers, and steak,'' Whitney said. Whitney sells his decorated wreaths direct or through QVC shopping network and L.L. Bean. (Bangor Daily News photo by Sharon Kiley Mack)
Hundreds of wreaths rolls off the assembly line at one of Whitney Originals' nine facilities Thursday. Whitney's is the largest manufacturer of balsam fir wreaths in the world and employs more than 400 local people as tippers, wreath or centerpiece makers, truck drivers or shippers.(Bangor Daily News photo by Sharon Kiley Mack)
Hundreds of wreaths rolls off the assembly line at one of Whitney Originals' nine facilities Thursday. Whitney's is the largest manufacturer of balsam fir wreaths in the world and employs more than 400 local people as tippers, wreath or centerpiece makers, truck drivers or shippers.(Bangor Daily News photo by Sharon Kiley Mack)

FOX News arrived in Machias on Thursday to report on Washington County’s wreath industry and Whitney’s Originals, the world’s largest balsam wreath maker. David Whitney (center) explains his business, which employs 400 people as tippers, wreath or centerpiece makers, truck drivers or shippers at nine locations in the county and sells its products direct or through QVC shopping network and L.L. Bean. FOX News will broadcast live at 9:50 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Friday what Whitney called “the feel-good story of the day.” The broadcasts will conclude with a lobster, steak, potato and blueberry pie dinner Whitney is providing his employees. FOX is producing a series on companies that are growing despite a struggling economy.

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