VMEC News Release – VMEC Hires Phil Chadderdon and Chris Paulk as Manufacturing & Business Growth Advisors


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Contact: Robynn Albert, Marketing & Training Manager
Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC)
PO Box 12, Randolph Center, VT  05061
(802) 793-2078 / [email protected]

VMEC News Release – VMEC Hires Phil Chadderdon and Chris Paulk
as Manufacturing & Business Growth Advisors

Randolph Center, Vermont –  The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) is pleased to announce the addition of Phil Chadderdon and Chris Paulk to its team as VMEC Professional Manufacturing & Business Growth Advisors.

Phil joined the VMEC team in December 2019, but he has been helping manufacturing businesses improve and grow since earning an engineering degree in 1990. Phil began his career in manufacturing by visiting customers to help them solve problems and introduce new products, which led to managerial roles in sales, marketing and business development.  After earning an MBA, he moved into management and held various key leadership positions, including having P&L responsibilities as a General Manager, serving as a Plant Manager in two different states, and as Technical Director developing electronics and engineering solutions.

Phil is experienced implementing Lean manufacturing transformations, ISO certifications and business development systems. He has hands-on experience in both small and large companies in industries that include papermaking, nonwovens, electrical insulation, electronics and metal fabrication. In addition to his full-time work at VMEC, Phil serves on the Northern Vermont University Business Advisory Board and serves on the Town of St. Johnsbury Economic Restructuring Committee. He works from a home office base in St. Johnsbury
and can be reached at [email protected] or (802) 274-1407.


Chris Paulk joined VMEC in February 2020.  He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and over the past two decades has worked with numerous companies, gaining expertise in start-up business development, prototype design, fabrication, testing and commercialization. A proven leader and entrepreneur, in 2003 Chris founded, owned and managed an engineering firm with offices in Texas and Arizona. After selling his business in 2011, Chris led the successful roll-out of two engineering design and economic development labs for two major universities. Prior to joining VMEC, Chris worked for six years as the Director of the Automated Fabrication and Design Lab for Texas A&M University.

In addition to supporting VMEC manufacturing clients in their continuous improvement journeys, Chris will be a resource in the areas of cybersecurity and in the deployment of “Manufacturing 4.0” technologies. He will be assisting VMEC clients implement automation solutions, technology-enabled manufacturing and digitally connected smart systems to capture new manufacturing efficiencies, competitive advantages and business growth opportunities.  Chris works from a home office base in the Woodstock area and can be reached at [email protected] or (480) 201-7982.

About VMEC: Part of the nationwide MEP National Network™ and hosted by Vermont Technical College since 1995, VMEC operates as a not-for-profit with a primary Mission “To strengthen and empower Vermont manufacturers.”  A local resource and trusted adviser to enterprises of all sizes, the VMEC team brings world-class expertise in consulting, coaching, hands-on implementation support, training and education for leaders and workers.  Through the VMEC PSG business unit, on a selected basis VMEC also brings its process, strategy and innovation expertise to non-manufacturing businesses, non-profits, healthcare, higher education and government sectors in Vermont. VMEC provides proven Systems and Solutions focused on Strategies, Processes, Products, Technologies and People.