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.
Manchester City will be lifted by the return of inspirational captain Vincent Kompany as they bid to reassert their authority this weekend. The Belgian is now set to return in place of Eliaquim Mangala – alongside whom he had helped keep five successive clean sheets – at Tottenham on Saturday as the Frenchman misses out with a groin problem. Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “It is important for the team that Vincent has just recovered from his injury. He is the captain and he started the season very well, not only as a defender, but he scored three important goals also.” Kompany’s return, along with that of Samir Nasri after a minor problem, was the welcome fitness news to emerge from Pellegrini’s pre-match press conference. But on the downside, playmaker David Silva remains sidelined with a calf injury and strikers Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho have also been ruled out with knocks. Mangala could be out until after next month’s international break, joining the likes of Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph on the longer-term casualty list. Pablo Zabaleta is at least near to a return and Pellegrini is hopeful Silva could feature in Tuesday’s Champions League game at Borussia Monchengladbach. Pellegrini said of the injury list: “It doesn’t seem very long – it is very long! We have had a lot of injured players with different injuries. There is not just one reason for it. “That is why I say it is important to have a squad because you are going to win or lose the title by just one or two points. Normally the difference is not more.” City bounced back from the back-to-back losses against Juventus and West Ham by beating struggling Sunderland comfortably 4-1 in the Capital One Cup in midweek. Press Association The Barclays Premier League leaders surrendered their 100 per cent record, and conceded for the first time domestically, as they slipped to a surprise loss to West Ham last weekend. Central defender Kompany missed the game having been forced off with a calf injury during the Champions League loss to Juventus four days previously. Pellegrini fielded a strong side for the third-round tie but Pellegrini said he did not have much flexibility to rest players because of injuries. He said: “We had 11 players injured so we played the 11 players that can play. We didn’t have more players. “But it was important to continue in the Capital One Cup after two defeats in a row for the trust of the team.” Sergio Aguero opened City’s scoring with a penalty but he missed another good chance and could still have been feeling the effects of a recent knee injury. But Pellegrini said: “I think for tomorrow he is 100 per cent fit. Maybe after his injury he was not all right, especially after West Ham, but he is now okay.” City have won eight of their last nine league games against Spurs but Pellegrini is paying no attention to that statistic. He said: “Every game is different. Tottenham are a very strong squad, especially at home, and they have very good players.” Pellegrini would not comment on reports linking City with a move for Brisbane Roar midfielder Luke Brattan.