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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 […]

Sweet Success with Eureka! Winning Ways …

RHINO FOODS, INC is a specialty ice cream novelty and ice cream ingredient manufacturer located in Burlington, VT. Rhino began as a small, part time ice cream store in 1981 and has grown to over 130 employees, distributing products nationally from their AIB Superior rated facility encompassing more than 49,000 square feet of production, warehouse, […]

Rhino Foods, Inc. – SoftSelect

Product: Ice cream novelties, inclusions and other specialty food products. Number of Employees: 140 Years in Business: 20+ Location: Burlington, VT Situation Rhino Foods, Inc. manufactures ice cream novelties, ice cream inclusions, and other frozen products in their Burlington, Vermont facility and serves national and international markets. Privately held, Rhino has experienced consistent growth in […]