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Maple Landmark becomes a hub for specialty projects

Sat, 12/07/2019 - 1:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Carrie walked into the Maple Landmark showroom early on a Monday morning with an idea. An employee at a nearby food storage company, she brought a concept from their design team to see what possibilities might be available. The concept, a simple one-piece toggle, would be used as part of their product packaging. Carrie began explaining the idea to Maple Landmark owner, Michael Rainville, when he came up with an idea of his own: why not make a prototype on the spot for her to show her team?

Convenience a big draw for VEC’s Community Solar Program

Sat, 12/07/2019 - 10:06am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Besides reducing their environmental impact and saving money, members who have enrolled in Vermont Electric Co-op’s Co-op Community Solar Program often cite convenience and lack of equipment maintenance as major reasons they participate. Under VEC’s Co-op Community Solar Program, members make an up-front payment to sponsor panels for either 10 or 20 years and receive a guaranteed, fixed, monthly credit on their electric bill. By the end of the sponsorship, the total value of the bill credits exceeds the initial up-front payment.

Corporators gather for Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital annual meeting

Sat, 12/07/2019 - 10:05am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Over 150 Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) Corporators and community leaders attended the organization’s annual meeting at Northern Vermont University on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The meeting, which marked the end of NVRH’s 2019 fiscal year, highlighted organizational achievements from the past year and featured remarks from NVRH CEO Shawn Tester, NVRH Board Chair Tom Robinson, and the Executive Director of Lumunos Clinicians Wellbeing Services Doug Wysockey-Johnson. The meeting also included election and re-election of Corporators and trustees for the St Johnsbury-based hospital.

Norwich to host 5th annual FIRST LEGO League Championship

Sat, 12/07/2019 - 10:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University in Northfield will host the fifth annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Vermont State Championship on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Shapiro Field House, an all-day event beginning at 9 am. Founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST LEGO League is designed to inspire children in science and technology through the use of robotics. Open to 9 to 14-year-old students around the world, teams are tasked with researching a real-world scientific issue and designing and building an original robot.

SBE Inc in Barre shuts down, new company emerges

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 4:41pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Ed Sawyer, President and CEO, of SBE, Inc in Barre has confirmed to VBM that SBE is winding down operations and has dispersed the SBE assets. He also confirmed that he is ramping up a new company that is using his patents for electronic components vital to the electric vehicle industry. The new company is called Advanced Power Conversion Solutions, Inc. It will occupy the same relatively new plant at the Wilson Industrial Park in Barre, though on a smaller footprint. Sawyer said he was able to retain 15 of the 19 SBE employees. 

St Johnsbury man gets 8 years in child pornography case

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 4:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Tony Cuthbertson, 50, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, was sentenced on December 4, 2019, in United States District Court in Rutland, Vermont, to serve 96 months in prison after his guilty plea to one count of knowingly producing with intent to distribute child pornography that is an adapted or morphed depiction of an identifiable minor. Chief U.S. District Judge Geoffrey W.

Leahy pushing Senate to move on Voting Rights Advancement Act

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 3:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Senate author and champion of the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 (S.561), praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the House version of this landmark legislation (H.R.4) to remedy the Supreme Court’s Shelby County decision that decimated the Voting Rights Act. Leahy urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to let the Senate vote on the bill so that it can be sent to the President’s desk.

ANR to hold meeting on PFAS remediation in Vermont

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 2:57pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) Secretary Julie Moore invites the public to join her on December 10 from 4-5 pm to discuss a variety of environmental topics. The conversation will start with a discussion on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The Secretary will provide more information about the ongoing PFAS investigation in Vermont, remediation efforts, and the implementation of Act 21.   

Stonecutter Spirits ceases production, to close restaurant and tasting room

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 12:39pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Middlebury-based Stonecutter Spirits announced Tuesday that they will close Highball Social, their bar & restaurant in Burlington, and their tasting room in Middlebury at the end of 2019. The company will continue sales to liquor stores, bars, and restaurants throughout Vermont. However, it no longer is producing its award-winning spirits.

Complete and return your VERMONT 100 survey

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 12:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine is preparing to publish our 33rd annual Vermont 100+, a ranking of Vermont companies based on revenues. Last year we listed nearly 200 companies ranked by total revenues and also ranked by industry. The rankings will be published in our January 2020 issue. To be considered for this prestigious recognition, enter your 2019 revenue figure (or estimate) in the space provided and mail, fax or email back your survey.

Randall Swartz imprisoned for $450K Agri-Mark theft

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 12:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Randall Swartz, 59, of Orleans, was sentenced yesterday in United States District Court in Rutland to 48 months of imprisonment following his guilty plea to a charge of mail fraud. Chief Judge Geoffrey Crawford also ordered that Swartz serve three years of supervised release following completion of his prison term and pay restitution in the amount of $452,558.