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Opinion: Innovating for water quality

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 7:27am -- tim

by Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts, ANR Secretary Julie Moore and Commerce Secretary Mike Schirling From Vermont’s inception, freedom and unity have spurred innovation. John Deere invented the tractor. Ben and Jerry created world-class ice cream.  Environmental leaders like George Perkins Marsh defined conservation. The state’s rich history highlights how Vermonters and their values have led the way. Innovation continues today. Farmers are working with engineers, scientists and researchers on projects that improve the environment while improving their finances.

Cooperage finds niche in Vermont craft spirits industry

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 6:57am -- tim
Green Mountain Grain & Barrel producing locally-sourced, locally-made oak barrels.

by Christine McGowan Woodworkers by hobby and Vermont National Guardsmen by training, Tony Fletcher, Josh Waterhouse and Mac Broich are finding their niche as coopers for Vermont’s craft spirits industry. Green Mountain Grain & Barrel was founded in 2016 with a simple goal: to be the sole producer of barrels for Vermont distilleries, wineries and breweries.

Vermont firm lets solar power take off at Granite Air Center

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 5:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Granite Air Center, Inc in Lebanon, NH, is partnering with Norwich Solar Technologies of White River Junction, Vermont, to install a 218.1-kilowatt DC, Net-Metered Photovoltaic (PV) System on the main hangar rooftop at their facility, and is the largest solar array in the City of Lebanon to date. Completed in early May 2018, the solar array will provide Granite Air long-term energy cost reduction and stability through the integration of clean, renewable solar electricity.

AllEarth Renewables announces award winners at STEM fair

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 3:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine AllEarth Renewables wishes to congratulate all of the participants in the recent Vermont Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fair, and to announce the winners of the event’s AllEarth Renewables special awards. Held on March 24th at Norwich University, the 59th annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair showcased the work of Vermont public, private and homeschooled students in grades 5-12 who have won local science and math fair competitions.

US Senate passes measure to restore net neutrality rules

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 4:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Senate Wednesday afternoon, in a vote of 52-47, passed a measure to restore net neutrality rules to prevent Internet Service Providers and Cable Companies from imposing paid prioritizations schemes, or from blocking or throttling certain websites. The Congressional Review Act Resolution, cosponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), now heads to the House of Representatives to be voted on. Leahy earlier brought the Senate Judiciary Committee to Vermont for a hearing to listen to Vermonters’ reasons for supporting net neutrality.

PC Construction names Jay Fayette president

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 3:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine PC Construction, among the nation’s largest employee-owned construction companies, has announced that longtime leader Jay Fayette has been named president of the company. Fayette has been with PC Construction for 22 years and has more than 38 years’ experience in the building and infrastructure industries. PC has also named seasoned construction executive David Crawford as Chairman and CEO of the company.

Sanel joins NAPA Auto Parts

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 1:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Sanel Auto Parts, Co has announced that the company is joining NAPA AUTO PARTS. Under its new name, Sanel NAPA, the company will continue to be independently owned and operated by the Segal family, the fourth generation to lead the company. Sanel is based in New Hampshire with stores in Vermont. Sanel NAPA will be purchasing eight additional NAPA stores, three in New Hampshire, four in Maine and one in Massachusetts. By joining NAPA, Sanel will be able to provide increased inventory in stores, enhanced access to more products and parts, and faster supply chain logistics to deliver more efficiently at competitive prices. Sanel NAPA will now be a single source for more than 525,000 quality parts, sourcing products and services from over 1,600 manufacturers from multiple distribution centers, with improved retail and wholesale merchandising programs to meet the multiple needs of customers.

Northern Power reports steep decline in 1Q18 revenues

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 12:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Northern Power Systems Corp (TSX:NPS), a next generation renewable energy and energy storage technology company based in Barre, announced Tuesday continued financial difficulties with results for its first quarter of 2018. The business, which relies heavily on wind turbine sales to Italy, has seen significant decline in revenues because of uncertainty in overseas economies and politics, particularly Italy and Brazil. The firm could face delisting on the TSX. Revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2018, were $1.6 million, compared to $6.2 million in the first quarter of 2017. GAAP net loss for the first quarter of 2018 was $1.8 million, compared to a net loss of $1.2 million in the prior year first quarter. Order backlog at the end of the first quarter was $7 million, compared to $30 million for the prior year first quarter. Earlier this year, NP announced it was furloughing manufacturing workers at its Barre plant. It told VBM it has about 50 employees in Vermont.

CCV faculty union pickets in the rain

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine More than 50 Community College of Vermont faculty and community supporters turned out in driving rain for the CCV United Faculty informational picket "for job security and fair pay" at the Vermont State Colleges Chancellor's Office in Montpelier on Tuesday. According to a union press release, contract negotiations for the CCV faculty have reached impasse and no new negotiations are scheduled until June 11, the first date the administration made available.

Governor Scott proclaims May 16 'Careers in Construction Day'

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott and Vermont Department of Labor Commissioner Lindsay Kurrle will join the Associated General Contractors of Vermont and high school students from all over the state to declare today, May 16thCareers in Construction Day. Hosted annually, Careers in Construction Day brings together Vermont juniors and seniors and construction businesses for hands-on learning and demonstrations to increase awareness of the jobs available in the construction industries.