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Making it in Vermont: Showcasing Vermont’s Industrial Side

Sunday, December 16, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jeff Couture

If you ask people outside Vermont to name the state’s largest export, nine out of 10 will say maple syrup, says Mike Schirling, the state’s secretary of commerce.

Others think it’s milk, ice cream, or cheese. But the reality is that Vermont sells more computer and electronic products outside of the state than anything else, by far. The other big export categories are processed food, machinery, miscellaneous manufactured products, and chemicals, according to the International Trade Administration.

That’s a problem, said Schirling, and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development is trying to solve it. If the public had a better grasp of how much manufacturing happens in Vermont, a state better known for its foliage, farms and skiing, more young people would look into working in the state, and perhaps assist in reversing the state’s population drain and workforce shortage.

Vermont’s largest manufacturers employ thousands of people. Among them are Mack Molding in Arlington, UTC Aerospace Systems in Vergennes, GlobalFoundries in Essex Junction, G.E. Aviation, Dynapower in South Burlington, New England Woodcraft in Brandon, Revision Military, Flex-a-Seal and Autumn Harp Inc. in Essex Junction, Appalachian Flooring in North Troy, Vermont Precision Tools in Swanton, Champlain Cable Corp. and Hazelett Corp. in Colchester, Twincraft Soap and Preci-Manufacturing Inc. in Winooski, Mylan Technologies Inc. in St. Albans, and Tivoly Inc. in Derby Line.

Read the full article here, part of Making it in Vermont an ongoing series by VTDigger’s business reporter Anne Wallace Allen looking at companies and industries driving innovation in the state.