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Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) News and Events

What is VMEC’s Primary Mission?

Our primary Mission is “To help improve and grow manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state’s smaller manufacturers.” ­This is accomplished by leveraging private and public partnerships and by providing hands-on implementation assistance, consulting, training and coaching. The goal is to help Vermont manufacturers achieve sustainable and profitable growth through innovation, increased productivity, improved manufacturing and business processes and the adoption of advanced business practices and attributes, all leading to the creation and retention of high wage manufacturing jobs.


Developing and maintaining a highly skilled and experienced workforce is absolutely critical to all of Vermont’s industry sectors – both now and for the future – including the following sectors where VMEC has a proven track-record of providing effective assistance: manufacturing, finance, healthcare, higher education, non-profits, and services.

VMEC offers a variety of networking and training opportunities through its basic and advanced public and on-site Workshops, Vermont Manufacturing Forums held at local plants, and focused Special Events. VMEC offerings are designed to help companies innovate, plan, perform and grow. They challenge and train attendees about how they might measurably improve and transform their operations, accelerate profitable growth, and gain competitive advantages through implementing enterprise-wide best practices that include wise investments in their people.

Upcoming Workshops in June, include subjects like: Fundamentals of Project Management, Blueprint Reading for Mechanical Drawings and Intro to Training Within Industry (TWI). VMEC Headquarters is located in the Vermont Tech Enterprise Center (Vermont Technical College) at 1540 VT RT 66 in Randolph. vmec@vmec.org or www.vmec.org or 802.728.1432.

Annual Meeting and Member Appreciation

On Thursday June 23rd GMEDC will hold its 2016 Annual Meeting and Member Appreciation Event featuring special guest speakers Joan Goldstein, Dan Smith and Brenan Riehl.

Joan Goldstein, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic Development and former Executive Director of GMEDC, will talk about managing economic development initiatives on a state-wide basis. Dan Smith, President of Vermont Technical College, will discuss the future of technical education in today’s workplace and Brenan Riehl, President of GW Plastics, will talk about the challenges of operating a manufacturing business in Vermont.

The event includes hors d’oeuvres, a complimentary drink and invaluable networking.

Event Details

Who:               Green Mountain Economic Development Corporation

What:             Annual Meeting and Member Appreciation Event

Where:          King Arthur Flour Bakery and Cafe, 135 US Route 5 South, Norwich, VT

When:            Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Cost:                Free for members, $25 for future members

RSVP:             To April Harkness at aharkness@gmedc.com or 802.295.3710 by June 16th 


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