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Manufacturing Blog: How Manufacturers Can Implement Digital Transformation.  ASME 6/14 “As the digital economy grows, manufacturing companies will need to embrace the steps taken by direct-to-consumer businesses to keep pace. . . .” Just-in-Time’s Skewering Is Undeserved.  IndustryWeek 6/11 “The recent pandemic affected Americans and businesses in many ways. In business, the most revealing issues […]

Upcoming Webinars

AIV’s national allies and partners at NAM, the Manufacturing Leadership Council, and the Manufacturing Institute are offering the following webinars and online meetings that might be of interest: Panel Discussion: Industrial Digitalization for Everyone. June 16, 2:00 pm.  Click here. Indoor Environmental Quality: Impact on Manufacturing Workers & Critical Upgrades. June 17, 11:00 am.  Click […]

Regional Security Roundtable for Critical Manufacturing Sector

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Region 1 will be hosting a kickoff virtual Critical Manufacturing Sector Security Roundtable on June 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. This Security Roundtable is a unique opportunity to bring together critical manufacturing sector stakeholders across Region 1 — Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont […]

Upcoming Webinars

AIV’s national allies and partners at NAM, the Manufacturing Leadership Council, and the Manufacturing Institute are hosting the following webinars that might be of interest to Vermont manufacturers and other employers: Digital Transformation: Practical Methods of Achieving Scalable Results. April 14 at 2:00 pm.  Click here. Beyond Reskilling in Manufacturing: Creating Pathways for Tomorrow’s Workforce […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web

Culture comes first for precision metal fab shop Laystrom Manufacturing.  The Fabricator 2/8 “Laystrom Manufacturing Co. is in the middle of a Chicago neighborhood, just blocks from the city’s hipster hangout in Bucktown. While the location is unique when compared to hundreds of competitors in the metropolitan area and the Midwest, the inside of the Laystrom facility looks like […]

New Legislation of Interest to Vermont Employers

The following are bills recently introduced that might be of interest to Vermont employers.  Text and other information about a bill’s status are available by clicking on the linked bill number.  Note that official statements of purpose might not fully reflect the purpose or effect of the bill.  If “SHORT FORM” is noted, the text […]

Feedback Needed | Opportunity to Address Issues with Vermont’s Machinery and Equipment Sales Tax Exemption

In reviewing the tax related proposals in the Administration’s budget proposal before the House Ways and Means Committee earlier this week, the Tax Department included a proposal to reform the criteria for applying Vermont’s sales tax exemption for manufacturing machinery and equipment. Currently Vermont’s statute (32 VSA §9741(14)) exempts from sales tax “machinery and equipment […]

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US durable goods orders show modest 0.2% December gain.  AP 1/26 “Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods rose a modest 0.2% in December, held back by a big drop in the volatile aircraft sector. A key category that tracks business investment decisions slowed. . . .” Labor market trends show emphasis on digital […]

Governor Scott Delivers Budget Address

Governor Scott today delivered his fifth budget address to the General Assembly, presenting a budget that, with the help of federal stimulus, includes $210 million in new investments to strengthen the economy, create more and better paying jobs, and address priorities like downtown revitalization, infrastructure, broadband, and climate change without raising taxes or existing fees […]

Upcoming Webinars

AIV’s national allies and partners at NAM, the Manufacturing Leadership Council, and the Manufacturing Institute are hosting the following webinars that might be of interest to Vermont manufacturers and other employers: Making Zero Defects Possible: A Quest for Manufacturing. January 27 at 11:00 am.  Click here. The Way Forward: The State of Manufacturing in 2021 […]