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IBM lays off 180 Vermont employees

Tue, 06/24/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

The IBM plant in Essex Junction, which was once the states largest private employer, is laying off 180 employees. 110 of the positions are being eliminated, along with 70 long-term supplemental positions. The state is activating their rapid response system to help the layed-off employees find new jobs. In a released statement Governor Douglas said, To those at IBM who have lost jobs, and other Vermonters who have experienced the same challenge, we will continue to help you with all the tools we have available.

groSolar Signs $175 million Deal for Solar Panels

Mon, 06/23/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

groSolar Signs $175 million Deal for Solar Panels
Sales Contract with Evergreen Solar Helps Drive Company Growth
North American solar energy leader groSolar announced today the signing of a $175 million, long-term sales contract for solar electric panels with leading manufacturer Evergreen Solar, Inc.
The contract will assure fast-growing groSolar a steady supply of solar panels for the exploding commercial and residential solar market.

Kindred Design Studio creates Thistle Hill, the next residential development for Sterling Construction, INC.

Mon, 06/23/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Kindred Design Studio of Hinesburg, Vermont has been choosen by Sterling Construction, Inc. of Williston to create the identity and supporting marketing materials for Thistle Hill, the newest project for the developer that's currently being built in Hinesburg.

The Real Estate market is very competitive and it's becoming evermore critical to capture the character of a new neighborhood and portray it in new and unique ways&we need to go beyond location, location, location when asking customers to give these homes a look.

NMC's Peter Hofstetter Named CEO of the Year

Mon, 06/23/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Peter Hofstetter, Chief Executive Officer of Northwestern Medical Center, was awarded QHR's first annual "CEO of the Year" award during their annual meeting in Brentwood, TN, Thursday, June 5, 2008. Peter was chosen from among more than 150 of his hospital CEO peers across the U.S. for this great honor.

QHR is one of the quiet partners in NMC's success. Dating back to the hospital merger in the late 1970's, NMC has enjoyed the benefits of management, consulting, and education services provided by QHR, formerly known as Quorum Health Resources.


Mon, 06/23/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Orlando, Florida (May 20, 2008) Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans, Vermont has been named a National Award winner in healthcare service quality for Exemplary Service Overall Best Performer 2007 by Avatar International, a leader in healthcare surveys and consulting.

This is a wonderful recognition of the efforts of everyone in the NMC family, said Peter Hofstetter, NMC's Chief Executive Officer. This is national recognition of what we have each worked so hard to achieve that our entire staff provides incredible care and service to our patients and our community.

Union Institute & University and Vermont College of Fine Arts Announce Sale of Montpelier Campus & Fine Arts Programs

Mon, 06/23/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Union Institute & University and Vermont College of Fine Arts Announce Sale of Montpelier Campus & Fine Arts Programs
Sale marks the beginning of Vermont College of Fine Arts; Union Institute & University continues to serve students from the campus

Terry Ehrich Awards

Sun, 06/22/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

For Immediate Release
Contact: Will Patten

VBSR Announces the 2008 Terry Ehrich Awards for
Excellence in Socially Responsible Business

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility recently announced the winners of the prestigious annual Terry Ehrich awards. This year's award winners are as follows:

Terry Ehrich Award: Melinda Moulton, CEO of Main Street Landing Company

Small Company Leader of the Year Award: Nathaniel Group, Inc., Vergennes

Apple Hill Design~Build adds new members to their Team

Wed, 06/18/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Apple Hill Design~Build, Inc. proudly announces the addition of three new members to the Apple Hill Team. Pam Swatkins joined Apple Hill as a Project Manager/Estimator in late October. With over 28 years of experience in her field, Pam is able to turn an Apple Hill client's visual dream for a new home, or a home improvement project into reality. Peter Bicknell joined Apple Hill's Team in mid-January as a Lead Carpenter. Peter's 20 years of experience in our industry assures each project is performed with attention to time, detail and quality.

Coalition of Northeastern Governors Urge Congress to Appropriate $5.1 Billion for LIHEAP

Wed, 06/18/2008 - 8:00pm -- tim

Governor Douglas and Coalition of Northeastern Governors Urge Congress to Appropriate $5.1 Billion for LIHEAP in FY09
Waterbury, VT (June 18, 2008)-The Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) has urged House leaders to support $5.1 billion for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the FY2009 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill.