Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Dream Valley Farm to Market Aloe Vera Products, Plants

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Dream Valley Farm to Market Aloe Vera Products, Plants

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Cosmetic Specialty Labs Inc. of Lawton expects revenues of $5 million from products produced through its subsidiary Dream Vall ey Farm Inc., Edna Hennessee, board chairman of the parent company said Wednesday.

Dream Valley, established in 1981, will now provide a wide range of house and garden plants to mass merchandizers such as the Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the department store chain, as well as a new health and hair care product line under the label "Dream Valley Farm."

The subsidiary's expansion represents between an $800,000 and $900,000 investment to the Lawton firm's aloe vera operation.

"We have enlarged the size of our staff, purchased several new pieces of equipment, refurbished five of our current aloe greenhouses and plan to construct two additional greenhouses in the immediate future," David Lowe, general manager for Dream Valley Farms said.

Dream Valley has increased its staff by 5 employees, bringing employment to 15, with another 10 to 15 employees to be hired in the next six months, according to Lowe.

"We will probably need to add 10 more greenhouses before we are finished (with the expansion)," Edna Hennessee said.

"We decided to diversify Dream Valley Farm's plant production when we realized that there was a large market for additional varieties," said Odus Hennessee, president of Cosmetic Specialty Labs. …

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