Blodgett Oven sells Lakeside Avenue campus, buys facility in Essex

BURLINGTON —Blodgett Oven today announced the sale of its property on Lakeside Avenue in Burlington and the purchase of a manufacturing facility at 42 Allen Martin Drive, Essex, VT. The Middleby Corporation, parent company of Blodgett, executed the sale and purchase on Friday, June 23, 2017. Blodgett Oven was established in Burlington, VT in 1848 and produces award winning commercial convection and combi ovens as well as steam equipment under the brand names Blodgett and Market Forge. Blodgett has been at the Lakeside Avenue site since the 1940’s. “The purchase of a larger, more state of the art manufacturing facility will enable the Blodgett brands continued growth.

Synchronicity Web Designs opens satellite office in Jericho


June 2017 – Synchronicity Web Designs, a boutique marketing and development firm, has officially opened the doors of its satellite office in the town of Jericho, Vermont, located 20 minutes east of Burlington. Founded in Chittenden County in 1999, Sync moved operations to Charlotte, NC, in the mid-aughts to grow and expand its business footprint. Today, Synchronicity’s team is based in Charlotte with two additional satellite offices, including the newest in Vermont. Says Founder and Creative Director Randy Smith, “Vermont was such a natural choice for our next office. It’s close to family for my wife and myself, of course, but the state also has a really rich history in manufacturing which is an industry that has become integral to our business.” Synchronicity specializes in data-driven design and digital marketing for small- to medium-sized businesses, particularly B2B and manufacturing clients.

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month shines light on impact of Alzheimer’s on caregivers


WILLISTON — New findings from an Alzheimer’s Association survey, released in conjunction with Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, show that while people overwhelmingly agree it often takes a village to provide care for someone living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, far too many caregivers are doing it alone. The survey found two out of three caregivers felt isolated or alone in their situation, and more than four in five caregivers would have liked more support with caregiving tasks, particularly from their family. To accommodate the needs of individuals who are unable to travel to a support group meeting site, the Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont Chapter has launched a new telephone support group. Led by volunteer facilitators, the Vermont Telephone Caregiver Support Group is held monthly on the second Tuesday of each month from 4:00 – 5:30pm. To learn more or to register, please contact Pamela Beidler, Director of Programs and Outreach, at 802.316.3839, ext.

Upper Valley Aquatic Center solar project powers up

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION —The Upper Valley Aquatic Center (UVAC) and Norwich Solar Technologies (NST) have completed the commissioning of a 500-kilowatt solar project just down the road in Hartford, for the benefit of UVAC and its members and guests. The system was turned on May 23rd and is now producing power. So far it has produced 33,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity. Feeding into Green Mountain Power’s electricity network, this build is projected to save UVAC a substantial amount on electricity annually. “This is a terrific way for UVAC to add renewable electricity to the grid while saving a significant amount of money on its electricity budget.

Ben Dunham debuts album at Positive Pie Montpelier

BURLINGTON — Producer and musician Ben Dunham has today announced his album ‘Backline Collective’ will be released through Jug Brook Publishing on Friday, June 23rd, 2017. The Album Release Party will be hosted at Positive Pie, 22 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont, on June 23rd, 2017, from 10:00 pm – 2:00 am. The Release Party will feature original live music and is open to the public. For more information on the venue click here. The Backline Collective features 13 local Vermont artists that give each song a unique story and perspective.

Museum trustee shares passion for machinery

WINDSOR — Join museum trustee Steve Dalessio on a walk-through of the exhibits as he shares his knowledge about favorite machines on display, their earlier precedents, and evolution into new machines in today’s dynamic manufacturing environment. He will be bringing show and tell items to share. Steve is General Manager and Partner at Lake Machine Co. Inc. in Claremont NH and enjoys sharing his passion for machining technology. Some of the machines will be the Ames inletting machine and the Gridley automatic lathe.

Aldi in Rutland hosts hiring event June 10

RUTLAND – Known for offering wages and benefits that are higher than the national average for the retail industry, ALDI, one of America’s favorite grocery stores, will host a hiring event for its stores in the southwest Vermont area on Saturday, June 10. Opportunities within ALDI include Store Associate positions. The hiring event is in support of the ongoing growth of ALDI in the area, offering customers the ALDI brand promise of high-quality grocery items at impossibly low prices. What: ALDI hiring event for its stores in Rutland and Bennington, VT, as well as Queensbury, NY

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: ALDI – 263 South Main St., Rutland, VT 05701

• Store Associate – $12.75 per hour

Job Requirements:
• Must be 18 years or older to apply
• High school diploma or GED preferred
• Must be available to work anytime between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., Monday – Sunday
• Retail experience preferred
• Drug screening and background check
• Ability to lift 45 pounds

Quick Facts:
• ALDI offers employees generous wages and benefits that are higher than the national average for the retail industry
• ALDI staff averaging more than 25 hours a week are eligible for full health insurance benefits and dental coverage
• All employees are invited to participate in the 401(k) program

About ALDI Inc.
A leader in the grocery retailing industry, ALDI operates more than 1,600 US stores in 35 states. More than 40 million customers each month save up to 50 percent** on their grocery bills, benefiting from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing.

Young Professionals mixer on June 22

Rutland Young Professional’s Platinum Sponsor, Green Mountain Power will host June’s Mix at their Energy Innovation Center at 66 Merchants Row in downtown Rutland. Meet and network with young pros from the Rutland region and learn about eHome education on the rooftop (weather permitting). As usual, we’ll have door prizes, including a Home Energy Audit provided by NeighborWorks of Western Vermont! Appetizers provided by Hop’n Moose Brewing Company, where we’ll also continue the fun following the Mix. The Mix is free and will be on June 22nd from 6pm to 8pm.

Dr. Marie Duggan to speak at American Precision Museum June 11


WINDSOR — Join Economics Professor Dr. Marie Duggan from Keene State College to hear her perspective on manufacturing June 11. Her research with students focuses on manufacturing in Keene NH from 1850 to 2015. Most jobs in precision tools are not going overseas right now. Institutional incentives seem to favor mega firms or conglomerates, yet the firms that create stable, middle class jobs tend to be independent, mid-size (300 employees or less) firms. What’s gone wrong and how can we nurture the independents? Dr. Duggan earned her B.A. in international relations from Tufts University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research.

Vt. Employment Lawyers’ Association elects new directors

The Vermont Employment Lawyers’ Association (VELA) announces the election of its new Board of Directors. Roger E. Kohn has been elected President. He is the managing partner in the Hinesburg firm of Kohn Rath Danon Lynch & Scharf, LLP. He has been practicing law for over 40 years; his general practice has long included representing employees in employment law matters. He is a past president of the Chittenden County Bar Association.