For Immediate Release August 17, 2006 “These companies provide the kind of jobs that GovernorDouglas is working hard to create and retain,” Dubie said. “And they are the kind of jobs thatthe next generation of Vermonters will want to stay and fill.” The guest of honor, Major Tad Clarkof the United States Air Force’s Thunderbirds precision flying team, which willbe performing at the Wings Over Vermont airshow this weekend, said one of hisgroup’s goals was much the same as Dubie’s. Lt. Gov. Dubie spearheads effort to promoteindustry sector CONTACT:David Mace (802) 828-5229 The Vermont Aerospace and Aviation Association(VAAA) held its first annual meeting and reception at the Heritage Flightfacility at the Burlington International AirportThursday. “We hope to inspire a youngergeneration,” Clark said. “When that happens, we’ll have individuals who willdesign a better stealth technology to protect combat aircraft, design a morefuel-efficient jet engine, or come up with a safer design for airtravel.” AVIATION AND AEROSPACE FIRMS FORMASSOCIATION SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Companies involved in aircraft manufacturing,commercial airline travel, and civil aviation are banding together to helpadvance the aerospace and aviation industry in Vermont. “For example, Boeing has 27 suppliers in Vermont who account for$35 million in annual sales to the company,” he said. “The aerospace and aviation industry is an importantpart of Vermont’seconomy,” said Kevin Dorn, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce andCommunity Development. “One airline industry trade group estimates thatcommercial aviation in Vermontimpacts some 27,268 jobs and helps generate nearly $2 billion in economicactivity.” In addition to the economic impact of Vermont’s airports and tourism-relatedtravel, Dorn noted that both large and small businesses did business in theaerospace sector. About two dozen firms and organizations were on hand for theinaugural event, including such Vermontpowerhouses as General Electric of Rutland, Vergennes-based Goodrich, and localfirm General Dynamics. Dubie said the VAAA would help educate the public andpolicy makers about the importance of aviation to Vermont, especially as an economic sector,and encourage young people to study math and science and enter the field. “This will help promote an important economic sectorin our state,” said Lt. Governor Brian Dubie, an airline pilot and formeraerospace engineer who helped spearhead the formation of the group.“I’m very pleased by the response of the aerospace and aviationindustry members who have agreed to cooperate in this effort.” A 2001 study by the Commission on the Future of the UnitedStates Aerospace Industry said 60 aviation and aerospace firms in Vermont employed 3,100jobs at (1,700 in aircraft manufacturing and 1,400 in air transportation) with atotal payroll of $137 million. — 30 —
The IBM plant in Essex Junction, which was once the states largest private employer, is laying off 180 employees. 110 of the positions are being eliminated, along with 70 long-term supplemental positions. The state is activating their rapid response system to help the layed-off employees find new jobs. In a released statement Governor Douglas said, To those at IBM who have lost jobs, and other Vermonters who have experienced the same challenge, we will continue to help you with all the tools we have available. Layoffs punctuate the importance of doing all we can in Montpelier to make Vermont a welcoming and supportive place to do business. My administration respects the role that every employer plays in ensuring the economic security and prosperity of our families. IBM currently employs 5,500 in Vermont.
Secretary of State Deb Markowitz will officially announce her candidacy for governor Monday, at a public event in Barre at the Barre Auditorium’s Alumni Hall. Markowitz will tour the state Monday and Tuesday, listening to Vermonters’ ideas about jump starting the economy and she will lay out her vision for economic development, education and the state’s energy needs.Source: Markowitz campaign.
After 48 hours of tireless around-the-clock work, Central Vermont Public Service utility crews are converging on Addison County and the Jericho/Underhill area to restore power to the last 1,540 CVPS customers. More than 32,000 CVPS customer outages occurred from the massive East Coast storm that brought severe high winds to Vermont Wednesday. Green Mountain Power has restored power to virtually all its customers. But Vermont Electric Cooperative is still digging out and it may be until Saturday before all its customers in its hard-hit region have their power restored.A crew from New Hampshire Electric Cooperative assists Vermont Electric Cooperative in installing a new power poll to replace a downed one on Oak Hill Road in Williston. Several polls were downed in Williston and a portion of the road was closed for more than a day because of downed power lines and trees.Hundreds of CVPS workers, including field and support staff, assisted by more than 100 outside contractors from all across New England, are working to restore the last 775 CVPS customers in Rutland and Addison counties, and 670 CVPS customers in Jericho and Underhill, and other scattered outages.Vermont Electric Cooperative was reporting more than 3,400 customers still without power as of mid-day today. VEC covers some of the hardest hit areas of Chittenden, Franklin and Lamoille counties. All of the other Vermont utilities are reporting a total of only 26 customers remaining without power following a rain and wind storm that ripped across the northwestern part of the state Wednesday with greater-than-hurricane force winds. More than 35,000 total customers had lost power at some point during the storm.‘Crews and support staff have been working 16- to 18-hour shifts around the clock since Wednesday morning, and will keep working until our last customers are restored.’ CVPS Vice President of Engineering, Operations and Customer Service Joe Kraus said. ‘This storm did historic damage in Jericho and Underhill, and our crews will continue to work in that area and Addison and Rutland counties through today and possibly into tomorrow. We appreciate everyone’s patience, and help in our restoration efforts, especially the many town road crews and town officials in the hardest-hit areas.’‘We want to remind people to stay away from any down power lines and anything in contact with those lines ‘ at least 50 feet,’ said spokeswoman Christine Rivers.There may be some CVPS customers without power into Saturday, but most customers should be restored by tonight. When CVPS crews are finished with their restoration efforts, the company plans to provide whatever help it can to Vermont Electric Co-op. Green Mountain Power has also been lending its crews to help CVPS and VEC restore power.South Road in Williston: A tree rests on a power line just down the road from several uprooted trees.The extreme winds wreaked havoc with VEC’s system in particular. VEC stated that the extent of the damage was much worse than originally anticipated with reports of over 70 broken poles, downed trees and power lines.‘Crews will be in full force on Friday as restoration efforts continue,’ said VEC’s Jeffrey Wright, Chief Operating Officer. ‘We’ve been able to more than double our resources since yesterday securing additional crews from Burlington Electric, Green Mountain Power and New Hampshire, and several more contract crews. We now have four times the amount of resources than we had yesterday. The additional resources make it possible to have crews assigned to all outage areas today.’ VEC expects to make significant headway on Friday and anticipates that most members in Hinesburg, Fairfax, Bakersfield, Williston, Jericho and Underhill will have power restored by the end of the day. It is foreseeable that approximately 1,500 members will still be without power going into the weekend however, restoration efforts will continue until all members have power. Up-to-date outage numbers (by town) can be found at: http://www.cvps.com/CustomerService/outages/default.aspx(link is external) and http://vtoutages.com/(link is external)CVPS offered several safety tips for coping with the outages:* STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POWER LINES. Don’t touch or even go near downed wires! These wires can be energized and can cause serious injuries or death. If the line is blocking the road or in contact with a vehicle with people inside, call you local police or fire emergency number first. Then call CVPS. Instruct others to keep at least 50 feet away, and keep pets and livestock away as well.* Assume all objects touching the power line are also energized. Never attempt to remove trees or limbs from any utility lines! Notify CVPS of the situation.* If using a generator, read and follow the owner’s manual before starting the generator. Never operate a generator inside any structure or near a structure. Use a transfer switch to ensure electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews must work.* Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage.* If power goes out, turn off all electrical appliances except one light so you’ll know when service returns. Then, turn equipment back on slowly.Additional safety tips can be found at: http://www.cvps.com/Safety/StormSafety.aspx(link is external) Source: CVPS. Dec. 3, 2010 ‘ 7:30 a.m. ‘
Larry Sudbay, President and Chief Executive Officer of SymQuest Group, the region’s leading provider of network and document technology solutions and services, announced that SymQuest’s sixteenth annual golf tournament raised $3,900 for The Stern Center. The tournament was held at the Rutland Country Club on Tuesday, September 27, 2011.Originally slated to be held in Woodstock, the venue had to change due to course damage sustained in hurricane Irene. Rutland Country Club was able to host the event and SymQuest determined that they could use their event to honor The Stern Center and help the area of Rutland County at the same time.The Stern Center for Language and Learning is dedicated to learning for all as they recognize all great minds don’t think alike. The Center is committed to helping individuals identify their learning strengths and needs as well as to finding solutions that allow everyone to learn. More than 1,000 children and adults are evaluated and taught at the Center each year including those with learning disabilities, dyslexia, language disorders, autism, attention deficit disorders, and learning style differences. The Center also designs and delivers programs for more than 1,500 educators each year.‘Our belief is that all great minds don’t think alike and SymQuest is proving that all companies don’t think alike as well. We are honored to be the focus of this year’s golf tournament and grateful that SymQuest recognizes the importance of our work to help all learners achieve success,’ said Bob Crews, Chairman of the Board of The Stern Center.‘We enjoy bringing our clients together for a fun day of golf to show our appreciation for all that they do for SymQuest. Asking them to play well and using their birdies and eagles as a means of tallying a sizable donation for The Stern Center makes for a memorable day for everyone,’ said Sudbay. We are also very concerned for the area because of the storm so matching the gift with a donation to the United Way just seemed like the best way to get some much needed help to the area.For more information about The Stern Center visit www.sterncenter.org(link is external).For more information about the United Way of Rutland County visit www.uwrutlandcounty.org(link is external).For more information about SymQuest® and The SymQuest Way, please visit www.SymQuest.com(link is external) or call (800) 374-9900.Left to Right: Joe Noonan, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, SymQuest Group;Ed Wilkens, Development Director, The Stern Center; Bob Crews, Chairman of the Board, The Stern Center; Sandy Rendall, Marketing and Communications Manager, The Stern Center; Tess Adone, Executive Assistant to the President, The Stern Center; Larry Sudbay, President & CEO, SymQuest Group###