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Manufacturing: It’s Not Just An Assembly Line Anymore

Toby Talbot
A worker at the IBM plant in Essex Junction in 1995.

In the 1800’s, Vermont was known as the birthplace of the modern machine shop. Nowadays, not many people would put Vermont and manufacturing in the same sentence. We talk about the landscape for the manufacturing industry here in Vermont with Lisa Gosselin, Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development.

It’s not giant factories and assembly lines, but the state does have over 1,000 manufacturing firms. Are there enough trained workers to fill the available jobs? Should the state do more to encourage a manufacturing industry here?

We also hear from Jim Sharkey, vice president and general manager of Kaman Composites Vermont in Bennington, Dixie Zens, Vice President of Abacus Automation, and Jeff Higgins, Director of External Programs at Vermont Technical College.

Also on the program, we hear about the scourge of winter ticks affecting Vermont's moose population.

Broadcast live on Thursday, November 6 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

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