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VMEC Board elects new members Clark, Maguire, Green

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 2:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has announced the results of its December 6, 2016 annual election of VMEC Advisory Board members. Newly elected to two-year terms on the Board are: Ben Clark, CEO, Ann Clark Ltd (Rutland); Greg Maguire, Sr Director of Legal and Government Affairs, Revision Military (Essex Junction); and Rob Green, Operations Director, Vermont Precision Tools (Swanton).  

Vermont Air Guard deploys in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 1:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Airmen and aircraft from the Vermont Air National Guard's 158th Fighter Wing are deploying in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. A squadron of F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 134th Fighter Squadron and approximately 300 Airmen from the Wing are en route to the US Central Command area of responsibility. The deployment began Wednesday afternoon. While deployed, the squadron will be flying combat missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve to degrade and destroy Da'esh (Da'esh is also known as ISIS, ISIL, or IS).

Governor offers pardons to Vermonters convicted of possession of small amounts of marijuana

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 12:51pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin, citing 2013 legislative action to decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, today announced his intention to allow Vermonters convicted of that offense prior to the law change to apply for a pardon, essentially wiping the offense off their criminal record. Applications will be accepted beginning today and taken through December 25.

Jeffords Steel and Engineering adds fifth division

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 12:26pm -- Denise Sortor

Jeffords Steel and Engineering is proud to announce the addition of the Jeffords Machine Shop in its Plattsburgh Facility. “The addition of the machine shop completes us as a steel fabricator”, said Larry Jeffords, Founder and CEO of Jeffords Steel, “We are now a 100% full service steel fabrication operation.” The new machine shop is managed by Bob Davenport, who has over 25 years in the machining business.

Main Street Alliance of Vermont recognizes Business and Legislators of the Year

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 12:01pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Main Street Alliance of Vermont held their year-end celebration at the Alchemist Brewery on Sunday night where they awarded, Stephanie Hainely, COO of White + Burke, it’s 2016 Business of the Year award, and Speaker Shap Smith and Senator Philip Baruth were recognized as Legislators of the Year in a Year-End Celebration hosted by The Alchemist.

Japanese realtors visit Vermont

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 11:46am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Last week Gayle Oberg of Little River Realty in Stowe was out touring homes in Washington and Chittenden Counties. Not unusual for a real estate professional with Gayle’s experience and clientele. What make this particular Thursday unusual is she was accompanied by 17 real estate professionals from Japan.

Osterman propane to pay $23,000 to settle consumer protection claims

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 11:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Osterman Propane, LLC, a Massachusetts company, has agreed to pay $15,778 to 89 Vermont consumers (an average of $177 each) and $7,500 to the State of Vermont to settle claims that the company violated Vermont consumer protection laws. The Attorney General found that, since 2012, Osterman did not disclose fees to certain commercial propane users, even though Vermont’s propane law required the disclosures.

Dynapower and Samsung SDI launch energy storage system

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 11:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine South Burlington-based Dynapower Company and Samsung SDI announced Wednesday the introduction of an integrated behind-the-meter energy storage system built on their respective proven technologies. The initial release of the system will be a 250 kW/550 kWh offering, with a 100 kW two-hour system to follow. The integrated energy storage offering provides energy storage system vendors, project developers, and utilities with a fully engineered solution that reduces costs for commercial and industrial end users in the deployment of energy storage. 

Big Bertha belching out renewable electricity at VTC

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 10:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine “Big Bertha,” the anaerobic digester at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, is operating at full capacity and successfully putting electricity onto the grid. With a carefully formulated diet of cow manure and organic matter from Vermont farms and brewery waste from the Alchemist and Long Trail Brewing Company, at full power Big Bertha transforms 16,000 gallons of waste to 8,800 kilowatt hours of electricity daily—equivalent to about 200 gallons of heating oil, or the amount of electricity consumed by about 70 houses on a cold day.

Trash down and recycling up, finally

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 7:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Trash disposal decreased 5 percent and recycling increased 2 percent between 2014 and 2015. Total waste also appears to have plateaued in Vermont to about 600,000, after closing in on 650,000 tons a year in 2007, just before the Great Recession hit. Vermont's Universal Recycling law (Act 148) was unanimously passed by the Legislature in 2012 in response to the state’s stagnant recycling rates that had hovered around 30-36 percent for nearly two decades.