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GW Plastics completes expansion in Royalton

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 12:29pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In response to its growing medical device business, advanced contract manufacturing and injection molding company GW Plastics, Inc. has completed the latest expansion of its Royalton, Vermont Manufacturing and Technology Center. GW Plastics has added a 30,000 ft² expansion to accommodate the growth of its thermoplastic injection molding and medical device contract assembly business.

McCoy: Why we oppose the worst possible paid family & medical leave plan

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 12:11pm -- tim

by Representative Pattie McCoy, R-Poultney, House Minority Leader As readers may know, legislators recently finalized a mandatory Paid Family and Medical Leave bill (financed by a new payroll tax) that has been a year in the making. This effort has not been without contention; in fact, last May legislative leaders were unable to come to terms on what the final bill would look like, kicking the fight to this year. Vermont Legislative Republicans have been unified against this bill because we believe it makes our state less affordable--not more--and that the structure of this particular bill is fatally flawed.

US Attorneys: We need a permanent ban on fentanyl analogues

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 12:01pm -- tim

by US Attorney Christina E Nolan, et al In 2017, almost 50,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses.  It’s a sad reality that New England as a whole has been particularly hard hit by opioids. In fact, per capita, of the 12 states across the country with the most opioid overdose fatalities, all six of our states make the list. Much of that is due to illicitly produced fentanyl. To maintain and build upon a recent decline in opioid overdose deaths nationwide, law enforceme [Anchor] nt must have all the necessary tools at their disposal. One such tool is the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) 2018 order making all fentanyl-related drugs illegal in the United States. Unfortunately, that order was temporary and will expire in just a few weeks.

VPIRG will go door-to-door for pro-climate candidates

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 10:31am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) today announced the formation of VPIRG Votes – a nonpartisan political action committee focused on electing public interest champions to Vermont state offices. In a video message shared with VPIRG’s 50,000 supporters and posted at, Board President Ashley Orgain explained the reason for the organization’s entry into the electoral arena. “We face an unprecedented climate crisis,” she said. “To protect our economy, our environment and future generations we have to make changes.”

Leonine: The trickle down effect

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 4:04pm -- tim

Leonine Public Affairs The campaign announcements kept on rolling in week two of the 2020 legislative session. Senator Debbie Ingram, D-Chittenden, formally announced her campaign for lieutenant governor, joining Senate president Tim Ashe, D-Chittenden, in the primary race. The announcement means two of the six Senate seats from Chittenden County will be vacant. Representative Dylan Giambatista, D-Essex, a deputy leader in the House announced his candidacy for the Senate as did former Burlington Democratic representative Kesha Ram. Two vacant seats in the Chittenden County Senate District creates the possibility for a somewhat crowded field with the likely addition of Progressive and Republican Party candidates down the line.

Donovan joins coalition fighting immigration arrests at state courthouses

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 11:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Attorney General TJ Donovan on Friday joined a coalition of 14 attorneys general to halt federal immigration arrests of noncitizens without a judicial warrant or court order in and around state courthouses. In an amicus brief filed in State of Washington v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; et al., the coalition argues in support of Washington State's request for a preliminary injunction to immediately halt such arrests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The case is pending in US District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Saint Michael’s philosophy professor Kuklok gets major NEH grant

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 10:55am -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine Allison Kuklok of the Saint Michael’s College philosophy faculty learned this month that she is the recipient of a prestigious, highly competitive $60,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) year-long Fellowship, which she will use to work on a book about the status of the human being in John Locke’s natural philosophy.

Julie Moore: The work of clean water

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 4:22am -- tim

by Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore I am a civil engineer, a matter of considerable personal pride. And when I think about some of the significant challenges that Vermonters have met and overcome, many of the most impressive that come to mind (or at least the mind of a civil engineer) are feats in which engineering had a central role. Among them are the construction of the interstate highway system in the 1960s, the construction of the massive flood control dams and reservoirs in Waterbury, East Barre and Wrightsville following the 1927 floods, and, earlier still, the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge that crosses the Connecticut River and was the longest wooden covered bridge in the United States for most of its 150+ year history.

Cellular Sales opens 5th Verizon retail store in Vermont

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 2:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Cellular Sales, one of the country’s largest Verizon Wireless retailers, announces their expansion in Vermont with a new store in Colchester. The store located at 18 Lower Mountain View Drive, across from Shaw’s and CVS, welcomed its first customers in November. This is Cellular Sales’ 5th store in Vermont and the first in Colchester.

She was fast, fun and effective: Mary Powell leaves GMP

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 2:00pm -- tim

by Joyce Marcel, Vermont Business Magazine A visionary lives in the future. Mary Powell, who has just stepped down after 12 years as CEO of Green Mountain Power, lives in many futures. Vermont has benefited greatly from her visions. In 2012, it was impressive when Powell combined two utilities into one (Central Vermont Public Service). Then she introduced Vermonters to heat pumps and the Powerwall storage battery. She made sure to have line crews standing ready all over the state whenever storms were predicted. She significantly reduced Vermont's carbon footprint. She created the first B-Corp utility in the country, committing to the use of business as a force for good. In 2019 she was voted the best utility executive in the United States.

Ag Agency offers grant funds to support specialty crop industries

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 12:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announces the availability of grant funds for the purpose of strengthening Vermont’s specialty crop industries and improving the performance of Vermont specialty crops within local, domestic, and international markets. Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture crops (including honey, hops, and maple syrup), and nursery crops (including Christmas trees and floriculture). VAAFM plans to award approximately $200,000 in Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds in 2020.

Former gubernatorial candidate and political activist announces run for Lt. Governor

Sat, 01/18/2020 - 4:58am -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine Brenda Siegel, 2018 candidate for governor and long time political activist announces her run for Lieutenant Governor as a Democrat.  Siegel is the founder and director of the Southern Vermont Dance Festival, a writer of political and socio-economic commentaries and proud single mom.