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The Alchemist taps solar for its brewing operations

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 2:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Alchemist, the Vermont maker of Heady Topper, is getting a boost from the local sun to green its brewing operations. AllEarth Renewables, a Vermont-based solar tracker manufacturer and developer of solar projects, and the Alchemist have announced a partnership that will provide the brewery solar energy from a portion of a 150kW Vermont solar orchard.

State designates Putney Mountain Winery as Vermont Green Business

Thu, 11/05/2015 - 2:45am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Putney Mountain Winery, located in Putney, has been named a Vermont Green Business by the state of Vermont for their environmental stewardship and sustainability efforts.  The Vermont Green Business Program provides assistance to businesses desiring to “green up” their operations and recognizes businesses of all sizes for meeting a set of environmental standards.  These standards are posted on the program websites (

GlobalFoundries makes $55 million fab upgrade in Vermont

Wed, 11/04/2015 - 5:44pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine GlobalFoundries has invested $55 million into its Essex Junction plant to make another 5 million chips a day, the semiconductor firm announced today. Those semiconductors will mostly go into most cell phones and tablets used around the world. The investment was announced today with a press conference featuring plant executives and Governor Peter Shumlin. The capital investment in the company’s Essex Junction facility has been in the works for nine months.

FairPoint posts Q3 net income of $53.1 million, revenues still down

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 5:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine FairPoint Communications, Inc (Nasdaq: FRP), Vermont's largest communications provider, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015. “Our financial results in the quarter were in line with our expectations reflecting the progress in our business, the acceptance of CAF Phase II related funding as well as the completion of our headcount reduction plan initiated in May,” said Paul H Sunu, Chief Executive Officer.

Brattleboro Retreat names Louis Josephson president and CEO

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 4:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Brattleboro Retreat announced today that its board of trustees has appointed Louis Josephson, PhD, as the hospital’s new president and chief executive officer. He will start on March 1 after moving to Brattleboro. Josephson, a native of New York City, comes to the Retreat from Los Angeles, CA, where he has served as the president and chief executive officer of Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services since 2013.

UVM start-up wins $1 million technology transfer grant

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 12:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine University of Vermont start-up company EASY LLC  has received a $1 million Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a commercial prototype for a digital printer that will translate conventional graphics to raised-line versions readable by the blind. Under a Phase I version of the grant, intended to demonstrate product feasibility, the company developed the first working prototype for the printer. EASY originated in an engineering class at UVM. 

New Report: Zero alcohol for nine months of pregnancy

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 11:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Two years ago, the Vermont Department of Health launched an informational outreach campaign called ‘049’ that asked women and health care providers to become more aware of how alcohol  can cause health problems for babies. A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) identifies prenatal exposure to alcohol as the leading preventable cause of birth defects and intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities in children.

Regulators order three days of hearings on Vermont Gas MOU with the state

Tue, 11/03/2015 - 11:28am -- tim

by Erin Mansfield Regulators will hold three more days of hearings to hear testimony over an embattled natural gas pipeline project, following allegations from opponents that ratepayer advocates and Vermont Gas were trying to thwart the legal process. The Public Service Board ruled Monday that it would hold three days of hearings starting Dec. 1 to hear testimony on a memorandum of understanding that Vermont Gas and the Public Service Department submitted Oct. 15.