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August 5th, 2015
VERGENNES/WAUKESHA, Wis. — Generac Holdings Inc., a designer and manufacturer of power generation equipment and other engine-powered products, announced this week the Aug. 1 acquisition of Country Home Products Inc. and its subsidiaries, according to a company press release.
Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Vergennes, Country Home Products manufactures power equipment used for property maintenance. Primarily sold in North America under the DR and Neuton brand names, CHP employs more than 200 people in its headquarters and in Charlotte and Winooski facilities.
FERRISBURGH — Vermont’s first “Breakfast on the Farm” event comes to Nea-Tocht Farm in Ferrisburgh on Saturday, Aug. 22. This free, public event will include a delicious breakfast, self-guided tours of the dairy farm and a peek into the life and business of farming in Vermont. Although this is a free event, tickets must be reserved in advance through www.vermontbreakfastonthefarm.com.
CASTLETON — The Vermont Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl team had a lot going for it this past Saturday at Castleton State College.
Vermont took a 12-7 lead after three quarters, faced a New Hampshire opponent missing some top players due to an in-state East-West all-star game, deployed a defense that held its foe to negative rushing yardage, and enjoyed the services of seven members of the two-time Division I champion Middlebury Union High School squad.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Both the Vergennes Champs and Middlebury Marlins won four individual state titles at the Vermont Swim Association (VSA) state championship meet this past weekend, while the Champs won Division III and placed sixth overall among the 20 teams competing.
WEST HAVEN — Addison’s Chuck Bradford was among the July 31 winners at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, while Brandon’s Vince Quenneville Jr. and Steve Miller of Vergennes posted second-place finishes as the track kicked off the second half of its season.
Tom Kavet, the economist who forecasts state tax revenues for the Legislature, presented his semi-annual report on the Vermont economy last week.
Kavet noted that the unemployment rate in Vermont — 3.6 percent in June — continues to be one of the lowest in the country. Job growth in the state has picked up a bit: 1.7 percent over the past 12 months compared with 0.7 percent the previous year.