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Employees purchase iconic Maine T-shirt company

Laurie Foy, the longtime manager of the Liberty Graphics retail outlet in downtown Liberty, is good at warmly greeting customers and welcoming them to the old-fashioned store.

But as of two weeks ago, Foy’s welcome comes with a brand-new feeling: ownership and pride. Foy, who has worked for the T-shirt printing company for 26 years, just became one of its owners. She belongs to a worker-owned cooperative that purchased the business from founder Tom Opper.

“It’s very exciting,” Foy said. “I think it feels freeing, in a way, once you become an owner of something. We now steer our own ship.”

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