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 […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web

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 […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web

Speeding the Adoption of Additive Manufacturing.  Manufacturing 1/7 “Additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing offers a number of potential innovations in product design, while its flexible manufacturing capabilities can support a distributed manufacturing model – helping to unlock new business potential. However, when companies begin to consider all that is needed to make additive a […]

Upcoming Webinars

AIV’s national partners and allies at NAM are hosting the following webinars that might be of interest:  Trade Perspectives from Australia: TPP, RCEP, the WTO and Beyond featuring Andrew Jory, Minister-Counsellor for Trade at the Embassy of Australia. January 8 at 1:00 pm.  Click here for more. Connecting Data Insights with Action. January 12 at […]

Updated Resources and Guidance from the IRS

Year-end delay for advanced payments of employer credits Due to standard end-of-year close out, employers will experience a delay in receiving payments associated with Forms 7200, Advance Payment of Employer Credits, processed between late-December and mid-January. The IRS will continue to accept and process valid Forms 7200 during this time, but the processing of payments […]

Upcoming Webinars

AIV’s national partners and allies at NAM are hosting the following webinars that should be of use and interest to Vermont manufacturers and other employers: The Global Economic and Policy Outlook in 2021. December 16 at 11:00 am.  Click here for more. Global Compliance: What Manufacturers Need to Know about New Chemical Reporting Obligations under […]