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Morrisville salvage yard’s new solar array helps power the community

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 12:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Encore Renewable Energy and VPPSA announced today the commissioning of a new 2.1 MW community solar array located at a former auto salvage yard. The project was developed as part of a partnership between Encore Renewable Energy and VPPSA to develop, finance, and construct approximately 10 MW of solar capacity on behalf of VPPSA’s municipal utility members.

FoodScience acquires Pet Tech Laboratories

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 12:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine FoodScience, LLC, based in Williston, today announced the acquisition of Pet Tech Labs, a contract manufacturer of animal nutritional supplements based in Syracuse, Nebraska. As of March, FoodScience is a portfolio company of Chicago-based Wind Point Partners. Since 1973, FoodScience has provided high quality nutritional supplements through trusted animal and human health brands. With an extensive portfolio of efficacious products, FoodScience serves the animal supplements market through both turnkey private label and custom formulation services and the company’s two brands, VetriScience and Pet Naturals.

GMP partners with customers in Danville for EVenture Ride and Drive event

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 10:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power (GMP), the Danville Energy Committee, and the Northeastern Vermont Development Association are inviting Vermonters to join the EV parade and EVenture in Danville on Saturday, September 18. It’s an opportunity to try out EV driving in a no pressure environment designed to help educate Vermonters about the benefits of electric vehicles – from cost and carbon savings to the fun you have driving an EV. GMP is partnering with customers and the community to offer rides and a variety of EVs to check out during the event.

Governor Scott and Dr Levine discuss Delta, vaccine effectiveness and pandemic divisiveness

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 10:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At a press conference Wednesday, Governor Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD, both addressed the growing divisiveness and heated rhetoric during the current Delta wave, reiterated the effectiveness of vaccines, and encouraged Vermonters to make informed choices and come together to continue moving the state forward. The Administration also announced an update to the Agency of Education advisory memo for schools, which extends the length of the universal masking guidance in schools to October 4. Schools have been an asked – and all but one has implemented – a policy to require masking for all those in schools.

Burning dry firewood saves money and improves air quality

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 6:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine With wood stove season rapidly approaching, it is time to make sure you have enough dry firewood ready to go for this winter. Evaluating the moisture content of firewood can be tricky. Wood can be purchased when it is “green,” “seasoned,” “dried,” or “kiln dried,” but these are relative terms and wood is only ready to be burned when its moisture content is 20 percent or less. Wet wood is a waste.

Technical assistance and training available to Vermont’s composters

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 2:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Registration is now open for the Vermont Compost Operator Certification Training. Due to the continued challenge of planning large in-person gatherings, we will again be offering a fully remote version of the Vermont Compost Operator Certification Training in winter 2022.

Hosted by Compost Technical Services, and presented by the VT Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), this workshop will provide participants with a Compost Operator Certificate, which meets the requirements of ANR for small, medium and large compost facility site operators.

Marlboro campus sale moves forward in $4.34 million deal

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 5:12pm -- tim

​by C.B. Hall, Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont attorney general's office (AGO) has issued a "notice of no objection" to the planned sale of the former Marlboro College campus to an entity owned by the Marlboro Music Festival. That entity, Potash Hill, Inc, will acquire the property's 533 acres and 52 buildings from Democracy Builders Fund.

School masking guidance extended until October 4

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 5:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott at his regular press briefing today extended the school masking guidance until October 4. The initial guidance was for just the first 10 days of school. Also, unvaccinated state employees will now have to wear a mask at work. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases remain just over 100, while hospitalizations are holding steady and ICU stays have fallen.

Award-winning CEO Todd Graves’ 
message to business owners:
 Find your one love and stay true

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 11:51am -- katie

Vermont Business Magazine William Shakespeare coined the phrase "To thine own self be true." Todd Graves has applied that philosophy to his business life with great success in building Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers into the fastest-growing restaurant chain in the country, and he recommends others do the same.

iSun acquires SunCommon for $40 million

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 9:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine iSun, Inc (NASDAQ: ISUN) and SunCommon announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which a subsidiary of iSun will acquire SunCommon for $40 million in cash and securities. iSun, based in South Burlington, is a leading solar energy and clean mobility infrastructure company with 50-years of construction experience in solar, electrical and data services. SunCommon, based in Waterbury, was an early provider of home-based solar-electric generation, while since expanding into commercial and community-based projects. 

Extra 3SquaresVT food benefits in September & October

Wed, 09/08/2021 - 8:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Department for Children and Families (DCF) announced today that many 3SquaresVT households will continue to receive a higher benefit in September and October. This extra help is part of the federal Coronavirus Relief Bill. It will not permanently change a household’s monthly benefit. It is a temporary increase to help during the health crisis.