Case Studies

Simon Pearce – Turning Pottery One Piece At a Time with Help from VMEC

Founded in 1981, Simon Pearce is a family owned business located in Windsor, Vermont. There are three (3) manufacturing facilities – Windsor, Vermont, Quechee, Vermont and Mt. Lake Park, Maryland. The company manufactures handblown glass and handmade pottery which they sell through their own retail stores and website. They also sell wholesale to distributers. Their […]

Amoskeag Woodworking Takes On 5S and Process Improvement

Amoskeag Woodworking, based in Colchester, VT, employs 42 people. Established in 1992, they manufacture and sell high-end millwork for commercial industries such as banks, hospitals and retail operations. Roughly 80% of their business is commercial, the remaining 20% residential. Other shops in the area have closed due to competition and the economy. The closest competition […]

Liquid Measurement Systems expands their factory operations

Liquid Measurement Systems (LMS) began in 1989 with one big idea – replace the heavy metal tubes in fuel probes with graphite composite. It was lighter, more durable and would not corrode. Manufacturing of these new probes began shortly thereafter with the understanding that everything was to be done with the highest attention to detail […]

The Hip Check – It Pays to Network…

It pays to be in the right place at the right time. For Larry Sharon, a plant manager at The Melanson Company, a metal fabrication plant in Rutland, and Bram Kleppner of Danforth Pewter, being at one of the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center’s (VMEC) innovation & growth workshops in May 2009, led to a new […]

Innovation Accelerating at Country Home Products

Country Home Products, based in Vergennes, Vt. produces the DR and Neuton lines of outdoor power equipment as well as Sunward solar hot water systems. Founded in 1985, the company employs approximately 230 people. In addition to its headquarters and factory outlet store in Vergennes, Country Home Products has a product assembly facility in Winooski […]

Vermont Coffee Company – Coffee Roasted for Friends

The Vermont Coffee Company, a privately held corporation, was founded in Bristol, Vermont in 2001, and moved to Middlebury in 2007. The company currently employs twelve people. The company’s specialty is “big, bold coffee,” the result of proprietary blends and a unique ‘slow-roasted’ style. The Vermont Coffee Company (VCC) is fully committed to social and […]

Quality Certification Wins New Customer at Whitetail Manufacturing

Whitetail Manufacturing is a Vermont precision manufacturer of close tolerance parts of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastics and phenolics. The company, located in Williston, Vermont, has been in business for seventeen years and has fourteen employees. For several years, Whitetail had been courting business from a large aerospace manufacturer. One day during this process, Whitetail […]

Revision Eyewear: Dedicated to a New Standard of Readiness for the Military

Revision Eyewear was founded in 2001 and has grown rapidly, now employing about 160 people in Essex Junction, Vermont. Their eyewear products are capable of stopping bullets, shrapnel and even lasers, providing essential protection for our soldiers and police. Revision’s clients include the U S Department of Defense (DOD), and the defense departments of Canada, […]

Advanced Illumination Outlook is Brighter with New Quality Controls

Product: Engineered Lighting Arrays Number of Employees: 32 Years in Business: 18 Location: Rochester, VT Situation Advanced Illumination (AI) developed from a small rural facility to a 32-person operation. Its management systems had been outpaced by customer demand, leading to issues with product quality and supply capability. In 2001, the company faced an order from […]

NRG Systems

Founded in 1982, NRG Systems of Hinesburg, Vermont is a world leader in wind power assessment and turbine control technology. In 1997, when NRG Systems was only a 12-person company, the company began its working relationship with VMEC by adopting Lean methods in its manufacturing areas. NRG Systems developed innovative visual and pull systems to […]