BOSTON, Jul 30, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- Converted Organics Inc. (Nasdaq:COIN) today announced the implementation of a series of expense reduction measures that include the reorganization of corporate and other functions at its headquarters in Boston, MA and manufacturing facility in Woodbridge, NJ. This reorganization includes the elimination of a total of 24 corporate and manufacturing positions, representing approximately 50% of the workforce at these locations. The Company expects that these reductions will reduce operating expenses by approximately $2.1 million per year, beginning in the third quarter of 2010.
Additionally, the company has entered into discussions with certain creditors in an effort to restructure principal and interest payments related to its Woodbridge, NJ facility. The Company has retained Christopher J. Panos, of Craig and Macauley, the law firm hired to assist in those discussions.
The reorganization and related headcount reductions will not impact activity at Converted Organics' Gonzales, California manufacturing facility, where the Company's line of organic liquid fertilizer products are produced and account for approximately 75% of total sales through the first six months of 2010. The sales from California have grown 62% over 2009, and the company expects to see continued growth in the future.
"This reorganization is designed to significantly reduce expenses, while improving overall operational efficiency. We believe that these measures make Converted Organics a leaner, more focused organization as we prepare for the next phase of the Company's growth," said Edward J. Gildea, President of Converted Organics. "We have an aggressive growth strategy, which includes the development of a vertically-integrated portfolio of green assets, centered around our organic fertilizer products and the pending acquisition of TerraSphere Systems, LLC. We expect that these actions will allow the Company to continue to effectively meet the needs of the organic fertilizer market, while better positioning Converted Organics for further diversification and the entry into new markets."
About Converted Organics Inc.
Converted Organics (Nasdaq:COIN) (www.convertedorganics.com) is dedicated to producing high-quality, all-natural, organic soil amendment and fertilizer products through food waste recycling. The Company uses its proprietary High Temperature Liquid Composting (HTLC) system, a proven, state-of-the-art microbial digestion technology, to process various biodegradable food wastes into dry pellet and liquid concentrate organic fertilizers that help grow healthier food and improve environmental quality. Converted Organics sells and distributes its environmentally-friendly fertilizer products in the retail, professional turf management, and agribusiness markets.
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