Four Vermont manufacturers, Consulate General discuss expanding business in China

first_imgThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce was joined by four of its manufacturing members in an economic summit with China’s Consulate General on November  23. Meeting at the Vermont Chamber office in Berlin, Consulate General delegates and Vermont Chamber members talked about their current operations in China and expanding business opportunities there. ‘These are Vermont companies with Vermont values that are growing their businesses by building a stronger partnership with China,’ said Chamber President Betsy Bishop. ‘The Vermont Chamber set up this meeting with the Consulate General so these companies can be connected to the economic and government leadership of China.’ Among the Chinese delegates attending was Counsel General Sun Guoxiang, a veteran diplomat and official representative of the Chinese government tasked with facilitating trade between the United States and China. Often referred to as Ambassador Sun, he has held similar posts in Turkey, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Maldives. Sun holds ‘plenipotentiary’ rights, meaning he has been designated full authority to speak on behalf of President Hu Jintao. Participating in the meeting were Biotek Instruments of Winooski; North Hartland Tool of North Hartland; Country Home Products of Vergennes and SB Electronics of Barre.  With a combined 600-plus jobs in Vermont and more in China, these four businesses are shining examples of Vermont’s economic potential, Bishop said. ‘The Vermont brand is known worldwide when it comes to foods and crafts, but it is equally impressive when it comes to manufacturing,’ Bishop added. ‘The Vermont Chamber uses its connections to help Vermont companies build partnerships and promote their products and services wherever they do business.’ The Vermont Chamber has maintained business relationships in China for over 15 years and has an office in Shanghai with staff to help Vermont businesses navigate the China market.  With the recently awarded State Trade Export and Promotion grant from the Small Business Association, the Vermont Chamber will expand this effort to help small businesses reach global markets. Manufacturers’ Information·         BioTek Instruments makes microplate-based instrumentation for the health care, pharmaceutical, agricultural and research industries. Employing 258 employees in Vermont, BioTek has 11 employees in its offices in Beijing and Shanghai. They also have staff in India, Singapore, and Korea; now employing an additional 21 people across the Asia Pacific region. Contact: Adam Alpert, Vice President, sends e-mail)·         Country Home Products manufactures lawn and garden equipment under the DR® and Neuton® brands. Employs over 200 in Vermont and operates a joint-venture based in Shanghai, China that employs four people. Contact: Joe Perrotto, CEO, sends e-mail)·         North Hartland Tool produces tooling, fixturing and gauging for the aviation, automotive and power generation industries, and also microdrills holes to diameters of .0016’. They employ 61 people in West Barnet and North Hartland and 27 in other states.  In 2009, the company began manufacturing in Nanchang, China and has 11 employees there, which has enabled them to grow their business in Vermont.   Contact:  John Mullen, President, sends e-mail)·         SB Electronics develops and manufactures film capacitor products for automotive/transportation, alternative energy, military/aerospace, medical equipment and power supplies/laser uses. The company employees 74 people in Vermont and two employees in their Xiamen, China office. Contact: Ed Sawyer, President and CEO, sends e-mail) About the Vermont Chamber of CommerceThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest statewide, private, nonprofit business organization, represents nearly every sector of the state’s corporate/hospitality community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life. Learn more at is external).last_img read more

Colombia’s Ibarguen wins triple jump gold

first_img(REUTERS)-Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen leapt 15.17 metres to snatch a gold medal in the women’s triple jump yesterday, fending off Venezuela’s Yulimar Rojas to continue her dominance in the event.The two-time world champion Ibarguen was hot-favourite going into the Rio Games and produced a season’s best jump in the fourth round of the final to take gold.Rojas’ best of 14.98m, also in the fourth round, was enough for silver.Kazakhstan’s London Olympics champion Olga Rypakova pulled off the two best jumps of her season, but her 14.74m in the fifth round was only good enough for bronze.last_img read more


first_imgSIMON Cox scored a wonderful equaliser to level Ireland’s game with the Czech Republic at the Aviva Stadium tonight.Cox struck four minutes from time – and just a few minutes after Derry man James McClean made his proud debut for Ireland.Former Liverpool player Milan Baros had given the visitors the lead in the 5oth minute with Donegal keeper Shay Given given no chance. Ireland: Shay Given; Sean St.Ledger, Stephen Ward, John O’Shea, Darren O’Dea; Glenn Whelan [Paul Green ‘63], Aiden McGeady [James McClean ‘78], Keith Andrews, Damien Duff [Stephen Hunt ‘63]; Robbie Keane (c) [Simon Cox ‘71], Shane Long [Jonathan Walters ‘71].SUBS NOT USED: David Forde, Shane Duffy, Seamus Coleman, Kevin Foley, James McCarthy, Stephen Henderson. Czech Republic: Petr Cech (c); Theodor Gebreselassie [Frantisek Rajtoral ‘67], Michal Kadlec, David Limbersky, Tomas Sivok; Milan Petrzela [Vaclav Pilar ‘67], Jan Rezek [Tomas Pekhart ‘87], Jaroslav Plasil, Petr Jiracek [Tomas Hubschmann HT]; Jiri Stajner [David Lafata ‘59]; Milan Baros [Daniel Kolar ‘59]. SUBS NOT USED: Jaroslav Drobny, Jan Rajnoch, Daniel Pudil. Referee: Manuel Jorge Neves Moreira de Sousa (Portugal) Attendance: 37,741 FINAL SCORE: IRELAND 1 – 1 CZECH REPUBLIC: McCLEAN MAKES DEBUT was last modified: February 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FINAL SCORE: IRELAND 1 – 1 CZECH REPUBLIC: McCLEAN MAKES DEBUTlast_img read more