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Jerrod Rushton joins ownership of Middlebury Fitness Center

Posted on March 29, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — An opportunity to become a partial owner of a business in the town of his dreams in the industry of his choice came together for Jerrod Rushton as he is set to take over two-thirds ownership of the Middlebury Fitness Center on April 1.

Rushton is buying his two-thirds share from Rob Alberts and Sarah Raunecker, who co-founded the fitness center back in 1997 with co-owner Robert Falta. For his part, Falta had originally started with the Busy Bodies and Power Flex fitness center in Bristol in 1987.

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Vermonters make new skis

Posted on March 29, 2012 |
By Christian Woodard



MIDDLEBURY — “Vermont Born. Vermont Bred. Vermont Shred.”

That’s the slogan for Worth Mountain Designs LLC, a new Vermont company that designs customizable skis for Eastern skiers.

The company is co-owned by three Vermonters, Jason Duquette-Hoffman of Middlebury, Adrian Kostrubiak of Norwich and Dalton Harben of Cambridge. According to Duquette-Hoffman, all three are avid backcountry skiers who saw a business opportunity within their shared passion.

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Weight-loss business aims for next level

Posted on March 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury weight-loss business Vtrim has widened its net and is lining up clients in the national health care, military and education sectors.

Vtrim was originally developed through the University of Vermont’s division of continuing education. Vtrim bills itself as a gimmick-free, research-based program that dispenses individualized weight-loss information to participants through classes and on-line counseling from trained facilitators.

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Slaughterhouse proposed for Middlebury

Posted on March 22, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The owners of Ferrisburgh-based Vermont Livestock (VL) are seeking permission to expand their operation with a new, 11,442-square-foot slaughterhouse and meat-processing facility in Middlebury’s industrial park.

If endorsed by local, state and federal authorities, the new facility could be under construction by May and might be ready to handle animals by this October, according to Carl Cushing, owner/operator of VL.

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2012 looks promising for home-building firm

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Business looks promising for a prominent Middlebury employer, Connor Homes, which specializes in crafting colonial reproduction kit homes at its Route 7 plant that was once the home of Standard Register.

Connor Homes owner Mike Connor said deposits for his company’s high-end homes are running about 50 percent ahead of 2011, leaving him “cautiously optimistic” the trend is ready to turn back upward after several years of recession in the housing market.

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eCorp faces new challenges

Posted on March 12, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Department of Labor is representing at least five former eCorp English workers who have filed complaints against the company for failure to pay back wages.

As the Addison Independent went to press on Friday, eCorp management was working to make good on those previously bounced paychecks; two complainants confirmed on Thursday that they had been cut new checks.

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Local program to boost number of meat cutters

Posted on February 23, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A group of educators, businesspeople and economic development officials is working with the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center to establish a training program aimed at filling the dwindling ranks in Vermont’s meat cutting industry.

The two-year program, which the career center will offer in collaboration with Vermont Technical College (VTC), could be offered as soon as this fall to adults (18 and over) who would be able to earn state certification for careers as meat cutters.

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Sunward readies solar hot water for business

Posted on February 9, 2012 |
By John S. McCright



VERGENNES — Outdoor power equipment maker Country Home Products this week spun out its solar hot water systems unit as a standalone company.

The new company — Sunward Systems LLC — will continue to offer residential solar hot water systems, and it will soon roll out a new line of products designed for business establishments, according to its new CEO Tom Hughes.

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eCorp's early struggles continue

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Officials at eCorp English on Monday confirmed the company’s rocky financial start in Middlebury could get rockier before things smooth out as it looks to buy time from lenders, employees and contractors who continue to wait for payment.

Deborah Schwarz, founder and president of the firm that offers English language training to international businesses, said eCorp is asking its major financial backers for a one-year reprieve period as it seeks to stabilize its budget and avert the need to seek court protection from its creditors.

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