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

LAUSD’s building plan honored

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“This award is particularly gratifying because it recognizes the efforts we’re making to protect our environment and save money on our energy bills,” said Sylvia Scott-Hayes, president of the district’s board of trustees. Among the “green building” measures in the district are rooftop solar panels, ultra-low-wattage lighting and energy-saving mechanical equipment. California State University, Northridge’s most recent Fulbright Scholar is mathematics professor Carol Shubin, who will leave for Kigali, Rwanda, in January to teach and develop math and science curriculum at the Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management. Shubin will work in Kigali for six months, teaching math classes and conducting lectures on her creation of a project at CSUN designed to strengthen students’ research, computer and analytical skills. Hermine Mahseredjian, the founder of CSUN’s Armenian studies program, will retire after more than 20 years of service. What started as one class in the university’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages in 1983 has since become one of the nation’s largest Armenian studies programs, offering 14 classes. Mahseredjian will leave at the end of the summer. Vahram Shemmassian, an assistant professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, will replace her. “(Mahseredjian) has left an indelible impression on many of her students and colleagues with her passion, dedication and enthusiasm,” Shemmassian said. Submit Community Column items via e-mail to; fax to (818) 713-0058; or mail to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Los Angeles Unified School District was one of 10 national winners in the Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence: The Americas competition. The district earned the award for its construction program, with $11.7 billion dedicated to complete 150 new schools by 2012. In awarding the honor, judges consider full development of projects including leadership, contribution to the community, environmental protection, architecture and design. Since 1936, the institute’s mission has been to provide leadership in the use of land to enhance the total environment. It established the Awards for Excellence Program in North America in 1979 and has since expanded it to Europe and Asia/Pacific. The Los Angeles Community College District won a Flex Your Power award from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for promoting energy efficiency. last_img read more