In an emotional letter posted on their website, the Chief Operations Officer of Johnson Creek Vapor, Heidi Braun, announced that they had filed for bankruptcy and were effectively out of business. The Wisconsin-based Johnson Creek has been in business for over nine years, making it one of the oldest companies of its kind in the United States. In fact, Johnson Creek proudly calls itself “America’s first e-liquid.”
While Braun’s letter does not explicitly say the cause of Johnson Creek’s fiscal insolvency, it does provide ample opportunity to read between the lines.
In the second half of the letter, Braun lists a number of organizations that act on behalf of people that choose to vape and support their rights to vape without undue government interference. Braun goes on to mention the Food And Drug administration and acknowledges the Village of Hartland, WI in supporting them in their interactions with an overzealous FDA set on ruining their company.
Whatever the cause of this sad news, it took real jobs away from American workers. Here’s hoping that they can come out of this bankruptcy process and get back to what they did best – making and selling vapor products.