RANDOLPH CENTER, VT — July 25, 2005 — The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) Fall Public Workshop Schedule is now available online and registration is open at the VMEC web site (www.vmec.org(link is external)).Some of the workshops Vermont manufacturers can attend this season are Principles of Lean Manufacturing 101, The 5S Visual System, and Office Value Stream Mapping. The workshops will be presented in various locations throughout the state. The workshops schedule is constantly being updated to meet the needs of Vermont manufacturers, so visit the web site for the most up-to-date information.Through a working partnership with the Vermont Training Program of the Department of Economic Development, VMEC is pleased to offer a $125 per person discount to Vermont manufacturers.VMEC is a not-for-profit organization that has been providing consulting and training to Vermont manufacturers since 1996. For more information about VMEC, visit www.vmec.org(link is external) or call (802) 728-1432.###About VMECVMEC’s Mission is “To Improve Manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state’s smaller manufacturers.” This is done through professional consulting, one-on-one coaching and public/onsite workshops to help Vermont’s approximately 2,000 small and medium sized manufacturers increase their productivity, modernize their manufacturing and business processes, adopt advanced technologies, reduce costs, and improve their competitiveness. Increased competitiveness means greater stability in the state’s work force, improved efficiencies. Visit www.vmec.org(link is external) for more information.
Richard Felker – Engineering ManagerRick has over 25 years of product, process and quality management experience. He has 20 years of experience running Engineering / Quality departments for both large and mid-size OEMs, such as Ney Dental International, Midcom, Martin Engineering, Actaris US Gas, Inc.He also has 10 years of Quality systems management experience guiding firms through the implementation of ISO 9001, Lean and/or Six Sigma certified systems while significantly improving the operational efficiency of manufacturing and service providers. He holds a BS in Manufacturing Technology from Indiana State University and multiple certificates in TQM/Lean Manufacturing from both California State and the University of California.Frank Dorr – Inside Sales ManagerFrank came to VEMAS in 2004. He brings 22+ years of Electronics Design/Manufacturing/Test experience with a specific focus related to Quality Product Test activities and the development of custom test equipment to support this endevor. Frank came to VEMAS from Goodrich Corp(18 yrs), Vergennes, VT and LTX Corp(6 yrs), Westwood, MA. Frank has served VEMAS in various capacities as Engineering Manager, Manufacturing Manager and now brings his technical background to the to Sales and Customer Support arena. He holds a BSEE from Northeastern University.
Is Your Business A Century Old?If Yes, Then The Secretary of State Is Looking For You!Program Honors Vermont’s Centennial BusinessesMontpelier. Secretary of State Deb Markowitz has put out a call for nominations for the 2009 Vermont Centennial Business Awards. This program, a joint project of the Secretary of State’s office, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and the Vermont Business Magazine, honors businesses that have operated in Vermont for at least 100 years.Secretary Markowitz said, “Any business that has been in operation in Vermont for 100 years or more can participate in the awards program by filling out an application and providing verification of its business start date.” Vermont’s centennial businesses will be presented with a plaque at an awards ceremony in March.”It is important to recognize Vermont’s businesses for their longevity,” said Secretary Markowitz. “It takes a tremendous amount of dedication to keep a business active for 100 years. The Vermont Centennial Business Award acknowledges Vermont’s oldest businesses for enriching our economic heritage. This program deepens our understanding of how Vermont’s businesses have enhanced our community life during the last 100 years.”Deadline for applications is January 16, 2009. For more information about the awards program and to obtain an application, contact Ginny Colbert at 802-828-2148 or firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail) or visit the Vermont Centennial Business Awards page on the Secretary of State’s website: http://www.sec.state.vt.us/centennial_business.html(link is external)###
A 2009 change in the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation regulations has confirmed the quality of the wood ash from McNeil Station as a valuable fertilizer, and it has been used as that with the help of Resource Management, Inc.Burlington Electric Department has partnered with RMI for the past decade to remove all wood ash from the McNeil Generating Plant and recycle it into a useful product. Wood ash, which is produced during the generation of electricity at McNeil Station, is in high demand by farmers who use it as an organic fertilizer. RMI removes it from the power plant and takes it directly to the farmers to spread on their fields before planting their crops.Barbara Grimes, general manager of BED, said, It is important that we take every measure possible to reduce waste, reduce greenhouse gas, and promote the economic vitality of the region. Turning this wood ash by-product into something useful for area farmers complies with these goals.Wood-fired power plants began developing in New England following the energy crisis of the 1970 s. These innovative wood-chip power plants were built on the premise that clean, local energy is vital to New England. Further, they were built with the intent to produce no waste; the wood ash produced is the perfect product for New England soils. When the 50 megawatt McNeil Generating Station came on line in 1984, it was the largest in the world. The fuel combusted by the power plant is primarily wood that comes from wood lots with forest management plans and clearing for development.Wood ash is unique because it provides an organic source of potassium and replaces lime. Potassium is an important nutrient that helps plants resist drought, increase the hardiness of plants and facilitates nitrogen uptake. The lime value in the wood ash quickly brings up the soil pH. While most wood ash goes on corn and hay ground, it is also very beneficial for vegetable crops, small grains and pumpkins. For farmers, commercial-grade wood ash has become a cornerstone of soil fertility in the northeast.Closing the loop on waste and turning it into a useful product is an important part of sustainability and greenhouse gas reductions. Farmers who use this wood ash are contributing to the goal of sustainability.Source: BED
At the Essex home of Lindsey and Matt Wignall, Rep. Peter Welch on Tuesday called for a year-long extension of a tax credit that allowed the Wignalls and hundreds of thousands of other middle class families to buy their first home. Welch outlined his support for the First-time Homebuyer Credit Extension Act (H.R. 1993), which would extend a popular and successful program that provides an $8,000 tax credit to families buying their first home. The program has been credited with stabilizing the housing market, creating construction jobs and helping countless families achieve homeownership.Welch called for the extension alongside the Wignall family and Dustin Partlow and Sierra Ouellette – a Burlington couple hoping to take advantage of the credit before it expires November 30. Like families across the country, Partlow and Ouellette are worried they will be unable to afford a new home without the credit.“In this time of economic uncertainty, the First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit has given countless Vermont families support to achieve the dream of homeownership. This tremendously successful program has provided middle class families a much-needed boost while creating construction jobs and boosting the broader economy,” Welch said. “Extending it will ease the uncertainty facing families in the midst of buying a home, and it will help ward off an untimely slump in the housing market.”The First-time Homebuyer Tax Credit – created in July 2008 with the passage of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act – originally capped the credit at $7,500 and required it to be paid back in 15 years. With the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February 2009, the credit was increased to $8,000 and the repayment requirement was waived.H.R. 1993 would extend the credit from November 30, 2009 through December 30, 2010. The bill would also retroactively waive the repayment requirement for those who took advantage of the credit in 2008.According to the Internal Revenue Service, 1.4 million Americans have made use of the credit. Mark Zandy, chief economist for Moody’s Economy.com, said roughly 375,000 of those home purchases would not have taken place without the tax credit.At Tuesday’s event in Essex, a homebuilder, a real estate professional and a banking official discussed the effect the credit has had on creating jobs, restoring the housing market and stimulating the economy. Chris Snyder, executive vice president of Snyder Homes, Leslee McKenzie, president and owner of Hickock and Boardman Real Estate, and Chris D’Elia, President of the Vermont Bankers Association, all spoke in support of extending the tax credit. Source: Welch’s office. 10.6.2009# # #
The 2011 Hemmings Motor News Great Race which is coming to Vermont for the fist time in its long history has scheduled stops at Cooperstown, NY and Stratton Mountain’s Base Lodge where racers will ride the gondola up to the top of the mountain.The total race course from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Bennington, Vermont is about 1575 miles through the Appalachian Mountains for a beautiful experience.Teams from all over the country will be competing with their vintage vehicles. Contact www.greatrace.com(link is external) to register or find out more information about this event.Source: Bennington Area Chamber Of Commerce
Governor Peter Shumlin today announced his support for the Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery Group (VLTDRG), a body that is central to long term recovery efforts relating to natural disasters in Vermont. The Group is responsible for providing financial and resource-based needs to individuals who need assistance beyond what Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or insurance companies can provide through in-kind donations, volunteer resources and the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. ‘This is the only statewide non-profit exclusively dedicated to disaster relief,’ said Governor Shumlin. ‘The Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery Group will help to fill the gap for individuals who need the most help rebuilding their lives.’ The Group evolved from a coalition of Vermont public, private and non-profit sector organizations that first convened in the spring of 2011 for the purpose of establishing an ongoing framework for providing long term disaster relief for Vermonters. That coalition, known as Vermont Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) included, among others, the United Ways of Vermont, Inc, Vermont Emergency Management (VEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the American Red Cross of Vermont and the New Hampshire Valley. The Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery Group consists of three appointees by the governor and three appointees by Vermont Organizations Active in Disaster. The six appointees will elect three additional board members at-large. The Board includes an experienced economic advisor, a state representative, a nationally recognized journalist, a natural disaster recovery expert, a volunteer firefighter and pastor, and an advocate in case management. They are: Chairman David Coates of Colchester. Coates will chair the Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery Group and is a Governor’s appointee. Coates is a Director of National Life Group and was elected to the Board in 1993. He is a retired managing partner of KPMG’s Burlington, Vermont, office. Coates is a Director of Green Mountain Power Corp., A.N. Deringer, Inc., Union Mutual Fire Insurance Company Advisory Committee, Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO), and the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). He was elected as the Vermont Chamber’s Citizen of the Year in August of 2003. He is a member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, the Vermont Debt Affordability Advisory Committee, the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank and the American Institute of CPAs. Vice-Chair Bill Elwell of Bristol. Elwell will vice-chair the Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery Group. Elwell is a United Methodist Pastor serving in Bristol/Monkton. He served as Chair of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). Elwell has served as a volunteer firefighter, including as a Chief, for 26 years in North Bennington and Bristol. He currently serves as the Chaplain of the Vermont State Firefighters Association. Chris Graff of Montpelier. Graff is a vice president of National Life Group and was appointed to the VLTDRG by the Governor. He is a former journalist with The Associated Press and the author of Dateline Vermont, a memoir of his 30 years in journalism. For 15 years, Chris hosted Vermont This Week, a public affairs program on Vermont Public Television. He is a contributing editor of Vermont Business Magazine, a trustee of Vermont College of Fine Arts and a director of the Vermont Historical Society. He served on the Council on the Future of Vermont and the Commission on the Future of Vermont’s Justice System. He is a resident of Montpelier. Ann Manwaring of Wilmington. Manwaring is a Vermont State Representative in Windham County, District 2 and was appointed to the VLTDRG by the Governor. She is a retired small business owner who founded and ran a small business for 23 years which emphasized family friendly policies. She was educated at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio (B.A. Economics, 1962); Marlboro college Tech Center, Brattleboro, VT (M.S. in Internet Strategy, 2001). Affiliations: Select person, Wilmington, 12 years, Chair, 3 years; Vermont League of Cities and Towns, Board member, 9 years, President, 1 year; Wilmington budget Committee; Wilmington Planning Commission, Windham Regional Commission, Wilmington Charter Committee, Chair; Facilities Committee, Twin Valley Schools, Chair (Merged middle and high schools of Wilmington and Whitingham); Brattleboro Area Community Land Trust, Board Member; Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce, Board member. Member of the House: 2007-2012. Laurie Hurdle of Washington. Hurdle is member of the VOAD coalition, representing the Southern Baptist Convention. Through Vermont’s spring and summer flooding disasters, she has focused on managing the logistics of housing and feeding volunteers. Mary Ellen Mendl of Colchester. Mendl is currently executive director of Vermont ‘ 211, a United Way project, and serves as vice-chair of the Vermont VOAD. By virtue of her role in the United Way, she has substantial knowledge of Vermont’s non-profit service providers, and has served as a communications hub between and among agencies. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund, which is the fund to support the VLTRG’s work. ‘With the knowledge that climate change has caused two natural disasters in the past nine months, we need to use this as an example and be prepared for Vermont’s future,’ said Governor Shumlin. ‘This collaboration brings together on-the-ground experience with an administrative and fundraising team that will address disaster survivors growing needs throughout the entire recovery process.’ The Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery Group has already begun to work on disaster recovery efforts. Through the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund the VLTDRG has raised 1.3 million dollars. Vermonters can donate to this effort through the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-VERMONT or by going to www.vermont211.org(link is external).
Brattleboro Retreat,In a luncheon ceremony held on Friday, September 30, 2011, at the Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield, NH, the Brattleboro Retreat bestowed the 2011 Anna Marsh Award to Senator Robert T. Gannett. The Anna Marsh Award was established by the Brattleboro Retreat in 2009 to recognize individuals for their advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness. Gannett served on the Brattleboro Retreat Board of Trustees from 1967 to 1981. President Simpson and Senator Gannett‘Throughout Bob Gannett’s incredible career he has been steadfast in his commitment to helping people in need live better lives,’ said Robert E. Simpson, president and chief executive officer of the Brattleboro Retreat. ‘This award is our way of recognizing his many contributions to the community, to the Brattleboro Retreat, and to the patients we continue to serve thanks to his vision and compassion.’ Robert T. Gannett graduated from Harvard College in 1939 and Harvard law School in 1942. He came to Brattleboro with his wife, Sarah Alden Derby Gannett, in 1946 after completing four years of military service in the United States Army. He became a member of the Vermont state bar in 1947 and has been a practicing lawyer for more than 60 years. Gannett represented Brattleboro in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1953 to 1959 and Windham County in the Vermont Senate from 1973 to 1992. Among his many interests in the community and the state, he has served as a corporator and past president of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital; director of National Life Insurance Company; director of the United Way of Windham County; and trustee of the Vermont Community Foundation. In addition to his involvement with these and many other organizations, he has been an avid golfer, fisherman and fan of the Boston Red Sox.BRATTLEBORO, VT (September 30, 2011) ‘
On the blogs: Former skeptics are now backing renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享OilPrice.com:Who would have thought wind’s transformation from subsidy-supported to self-financing power source would happen so quickly—not this publication, that’s for sure.Apart from diehard environmentalists, most consumers have been opposed to renewables on the basis they cost significantly more, and turbines are an eyesore on the landscape. But in the span of less than 10 years, public opposition has declined. Opposition has not gone way entirely, but it has softened as we have become more familiar with the sight of slowly rotating turbine blades on the horizon and with the realization that its costs are falling dramatically.A recent article in The Telegraph reports on how the cost of power production from onshore wind farms has dropped so far it undercuts conventional coal, natural gas and nuclear options. Calling it the “subsidy-free revolution,” the Telegraph article reflects our own surprise at how quickly the change has taken place.To be fair, offshore power still requires some subsidy because of the greater cost of installation and maintenance. Even here, costs continue to fall, and subsidy is a route the authorities prefer to entertain because of public opposition to what was seen as the blight of onshore turbines dotting the landscape. In large part, this is because turbine sizes have increased and, as a result, efficiencies have increased.The latest figures are sounding the death knell for nuclear power in the U.K., but as usual the government hasn’t caught up with the numbers. Nuclear power is costing a massive £92.50 per megawatt hour and is partly justified on the basis that a base load of power is always required to fill in renewables variability. However, battery parks like Glassenbury in Kent are springing up that can meet gaps in demand, but nothing like a 2 GW nuclear power plant; still, a few MW here and there is slowly adding up.Still, a low-carbon future, at lower power costs and with the benefit of economic growth from investments–what’s not to like?More: Wind Energy Is Getting Cheaper And Cheaper
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Houston Chronicle:Sunnova Energy Corporation, a Houston-based solar energy company, said Thursday that it is bringing a solar-plus-storage system that will allow homeowners to store solar energy in batteries for later use to Texas.Solar energy production ebbs and flows with the sun, which is why many solar panels are connected to the grid — homeowners contribute power to the grid whenever the sun is shining in exchange for credit they can use for power later. What are known as solar-plus-storage systems allows homes with solar panels to store energy during the day and dispense it when needed, reducing dependence on the grid. Sunnova’s residential solar-plus-storage system, SunSafe, debuted in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria caused the longest blackout in U.S. history. The service provides a 25-year performance guarantee.“In Texas, we’ve seen firsthand the devastation caused by storms and hurricanes, and homeowners across the state want to ensure they’re protecting their families from extended power outages and electricity instability,” said Michael Grasso, chief marketing officer for Sunnova Energy Corporation. “By offering Sunnova SunSafe, homeowners are given that peace of mind knowing that they’ll have reliable energy, day and night.”The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has funded solar-plus-storage systems for utilities, but residential shoppers have been showing increasing interest in solar-plus-storage service as well. Nearly three quarters of customers shopping for solar products say they are interested in energy storage, according to the most recent report by EnergySage, a solar marketplace.More: Sunnova brings solar power storage system to Texas Sunnova to offer solar-plus-storage systems to Texas homeowners