The Green Co., located at 2611 Post Road, will close this month after just over three years in business.
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At just over three years in business, The Green Co. will unfortunately no longer be offering locals a chance to purchase its all natural or recycled products.
The business, located at 2611 Post Road, will close on Friday.
Laura West opened The Green Co. in December 2009 as a division of West Winds Renewable Resources LLC, West's wind assessment business. In that business, she helps clients with renewable energy goals, including wind turbines.
West, who was named the jobs and business development coordinator for Portage County with CAP Services in July, also has run a landscaping business, Gone West, with her husband and has previously owned a limousine service.
Most hated companies in America
The website 24/7 Wall Street (www.247wallst.com) released a list earlier this year listing the 10 most hated companies in America:
1. J.C. Penney - J.C. Penney went from being a mediocre national retailer with modest challenges to one of the great public company management disasters of the last few years.
2. Dish Network Corp. - Dish's remarkably poor customer service ratings show up in more than one survey. Employee ratings of their experiences at the company are as terrible of those of its customers.
3. T-Mobile USA - T-Mobile's 4G network in the U.S. lags the other three big U.S. carriers, and customer satisfaction is tied with AT&T mobility as the worst among wireless carriers, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
4. Facebook Inc. - According to the ACSI, Facebook is one of the most strongly disliked American companies, beaten out only by three public utilities companies.
5. Citigroup Inc. - The recovery of Citi's shares since the global financial meltdown has been far worse than its major competitors. It took a place on the MSN Hall of Shame of the 10 worst companies in America based on customer service.
6. Research In Motion Ltd. - The RIM BlackBerry was once the preeminent smartphone in America and around most of the world. According to recently released data from Comscore, its share of the market has dropped to 7.3 percent in the U.S. and is falling rapidly still.
7. American Airlines - AMR, parent of American Airlines, has, in a remarkably short period of time, ruined its relationships with shareholders, bondholders, pilots, customers, suppliers and most of its other employees.
8. Nokia - Nokia recently lost its long-held position as the largest handset company in the world, giving up the spot to Samsung. Stock is down 20 percent in the last year, and 60 percent in the last two years.
9. Sears Holding Corp. - According to the ACSI, the company has the second worst score of any large discount retailer, better only than Walmart. Employees of both Sears and Kmart stores also rate their experience at the company as poor.
10. Hewlett-Packard - According to the ACSI, HP was the second worst-ranked personal computer brand in 2012. HP may also be the most mismanaged major company in the U.S.