Specialty Filaments, Pad Print, Olympic Precisioin get state money

first_imgCouncil Authorizes $1.5 Million Of Incentives Under New ProgramMONTPELIER, Vt. The Vermont Economic Progress Council has approved more than $1.5 million in job creation incentives under the states new economic development program, including assistance to the new owners of Specialty Filaments.At its meeting last week, the Council reviewed and authorized the first incentives under the new Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI) program, making three companies eligible to receive up to $1,329,404 in job creation incentives and $240,496 in property tax incentives.We are very pleased that one of our first authorizations under the new Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program was to assist the Monahan Company in preserving the jobs at the former Specialty Filaments facility, said Karen Marshall, Chair of the Vermont Economic Progress Council. Vermonts economic incentive program is going to work to keep Vermonters at work in Middlebury.Monahan SFI, LLC, a subsidiary of the Thomas Monahan Company of Arcola, Illinois was given preliminary authorization for $758,806 in economic incentives to add new jobs and invest in new machinery and equipment at Specialty Filaments, which closed and laid off 175 employees earlier in the month.The new subsidiary purchased the assets of Specialty Filaments, Inc. in a bankruptcy auction. Monahan SFI, LLC will re-open the plant and re-hire most of the employees laid off during the recent plant closing, and will submit a more detailed application for a full review at a later date.Pad Print Machinery of Vermont, Inc. was authorized for $331,399 in economic incentives to add new jobs and invest in a new facility and machinery and equipment. The East Dorset company plans to create a new subsidiary, Ink Jet Machinery of Vermont, to develop and manufacture digital inkjet print head engines.The company had been considering several options other than creating the new subsidiary, including outsourcing production to China or growing only a few jobs within Pad Print Machinery of Vermont, said Marshall.Olympic Precision, Inc. was authorized for $239,199 in economic incentives to create new jobs and invest in equipment by building the Center for Precision Manufacturing, a Department of Defense-funded research and development facility.The company and the Town of Windsor were authorized for property tax stabilization with an estimated value of $240,946, and will collaborate with the Windsor Improvement Corporation to redevelop a currently unusable lot and build a facility to house the Center, which will be operated by Olympic Precision, Inc.Under reforms passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Jim Douglas last year, the economic incentives were authorized based on job creation and capital investments that must occur before the company receives payment.The prior program had companies earning tax credits that were applied against future tax liability.The Council approved the applications after reviewing nine guidelines and applying a rigorous cost-benefit analysis that showed that because of the economic activity that will be generated by these projects, even after payment of the incentives the State will realize a net increase in revenues of $1,441,885.The Council also determined that these projects would not occur or would occur in a significantly different and less desirable manner if not for the incentives being authorized.The Vermont Economic Progress Council is an independent board consisting of nine Vermont citizens appointed by the governor that considers applications to the states economic incentive programs.The Council is attached to the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, whose mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities.For more information, visit:http://www.thinkvermont.com/vepc/index.cfm(link is external)-30-last_img read more

LEADING OFF: Jackie Robinson celebrated amid protests, PPDs

first_imgLast Updated: 28th August, 2020 08:09 IST LEADING OFF: Jackie Robinson Celebrated Amid Protests, PPDs MLB is set to celebrate the man who broke baseball’s color barrier amid a striking — if sometimes awkward — display of activism by players this week LIVE TV First Published: 28th August, 2020 08:09 IST COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Written Bycenter_img A look at what’s happening around the majors Friday:JACKIE ROBINSON DAYMLB is set to celebrate the man who broke baseball’s color barrier amid a striking — if sometimes awkward — display of activism by players this week. Ten games were postponed over Wednesday and Thursday as players joined athletes from other pro sports in redirecting attention toward racial injustice after a Black man was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last weekend. Jackie Robinson Day is usually held April 15 but was moved this year due to the pandemic.Members of The Players Alliance, a group of more than 100 current and former Black major leaguers, are donating their game checks from Thursday and Friday to the organization to address racial injustice.DOUBLE TROUBLEMets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen is in hot water with Commissioner Rob Manfred and team ownership.In a video that appeared on major league baseball’s official website, Van Wagenen criticized Manfred on a hot mic Thursday for his handling of player protests this week, including what he thought was Manfred’s suggestion that Mets players stage a symbolic walkout and play an hour later rather than postpone a game against Miami.The idea, it seems, actually came from Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon, who said in a statement that “Brody’s misunderstanding of a private conversation was and is inexcusable” — misspelling the GM’s first name in the process.“I have not attempted in any way to prevent players from expressing themselves by not playing, nor have I suggested any alternative form of protest to any Club personnel or any player,” Manfred said in a statement. “Any suggestion to the contrary is wrong.”NEW YORK-NEW YORKThe Mets and Yankees are set to play five games in three days, with doubleheaders on Friday and Sunday. The Yankees may place right fielder Aaron Judge back on the injured list with a right calf injury just days after he was activated. Judge returned from the 10-day IL Wednesday but was pulled from a game against Atlanta after aggravating the injury. The Yankees are hopeful that infielder DJ LeMahieu could return some time this weekend from a left thumb sprain.TAIJUAN TIMEThe Blue Jays are preparing to welcome right-hander Taijuan Walker after acquiring him from Seattle for a player or cash. Walker had been set to pitch Thursday in a doubleheader for Seattle. Instead, he’ll go through intake testing as he joins displaced Toronto, which is hosting Baltimore in Buffalo this weekend. Walker was 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA in five starts this season, with 25 strikeouts and eight walks. He is 33-33 with a 3.95 ERA in parts of eight big league seasons. His career was interrupted by Tommy John surgery in 2018.Image credits: AP FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more