Randolph Center, VT – The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has announced the election of manufacturing executive David Blittersdorf, Founder of NRG Systems in Hinesburg, Vermont, to its Advisory Board. VMEC also announced the hiring of Anne Wood as Office Manager and Erin Quatrini as Marketing & Training Manager. In addition, Board Member and manufacturer Mike Rainville, Owner and President of Maple Landmark, Inc. in Middlebury, VT, has been re-elected 2008 Chairperson of the 12-member VMEC Board. Existing Board member Ed Townley, Senior Vice President and Controller of Cabot Creamery, Inc., was re-elected for another 2-year term on the Board. David Blittersdorf is Founder of NRG Systems, a global leader in wind measurement technology. David has long been an national and international leader in the promotion of energy conservation and renewable energy opportunities. Last year, NRG Systems was named a “2007 Top Small Workplace” by the Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces. Anne Wood joined the 17-member, not-for-profit VMEC team in December 2007. She comes to the Center after spending almost 14 years at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, with her most recent position being Associate Project Manager in the Project Management Office. Her prior experience includes 10 years owning and successfully operating a small retail sales business. Anne also worked for 7 years at the Merchants Bank in Northfield, leaving as Assistant Branch Manager. Anne will be working at the VMEC Headquarters office located on the Randolph Center campus of Vermont Technical College where the Center has been hosted since 1995. Erin Quatrini also joined the Center in December 2007 as VMEC Marketing & Training Manager. Prior to joining VMEC, Erin was a Direct Marketing Manager for Littleton Coin Company in Littleton, NH, where she was employed since 2001. Erin is a 2001 graduate of St. Michael’s College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.###About VMECVMEC’s primary mission since 1995 has been “To improve manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state’s smaller manufacturers.” This is done through confidential professional consulting, one-on-one coaching and public/onsite workshops to help Vermont’s approximately 2,000 small and medium sized manufacturers increase their productivity, improve their manufacturing and business processes, reduce costs, identify and adopt new growth strategies, and improve their competitiveness. Through the VMEC Process Strategies Group (PSG) business unit established in early 2006, VMEC is bringing its proven process and strategy expertise to a number of non-manufacturing sectors in Vermont, including healthcare, higher education, government, and financial services.Visit www.vmec.org(link is external) for more information.
Greensburg, In. — Indiana Representative Randy Frye, District 67, has received the endorsement and a check from Indiana Farm Bureau’s new AgELECT PAC (political action committee) acknowledging IN Farm Bureau’s support for elected state officials supportive of Indiana agriculture.“The AgELECT process is thorough and fair.” explains Decatur County Local and State Affairs Chairman Gary Fischer, one of the three Decatur County ELECT participants at the recent Ag ELECT candidate interviews. (Allen Bedel and Don Yager were the other two Decatur county representatives.) “Candidates are questioned about their position and knowledge on various concerns involving agriculture and community. First a candidate must be considered for an endorsement after which an invitation is given to interview with the AgELECT PAC members. If the race has more than one candidate, all candidates for the office are included. Results are kept confidential until the entire AgELECT / ELECT PAC endorsement process is complete which involves consideration and an affirmative two-thirds vote for endorsement from the local PAC representatives, the IN Farm Bureau Board of Directors and the Oversight Committee (appointed by IFB President Randy Kron) made up of representative from each district. To receive this endorsement is an honor.”Newly formed in 2017, AgELECT PAC specifically focuses on state political races allowing Indiana Farm Bureau to support state senate and house of representative candidates on a broader range thereby allowing the Indiana Farm Bureau ELECT Pac to focus more directly on national level elections. In both AgELECT and ELECT, the endorsements are valued by the candidates because the process to receive the endorsement is initially driven by Farm Bureau members at the local level in the candidate’s district.Also receiving the IN Farm Bureau endorsement is IN Senator Chip Perfect, District 43. Both Representative Frye and Senator Perfect are incumbents in the upcoming November elections. U.S. Congressman Greg Pence has received the IN Farm Bureau ELECT PAC endorsement.