Occupational Health + Rehabilitation Inc (OH+R) is pleased to announcethat Dr. Jay Brown has joined our clinical team in Vermont as the fulltime Medical Director. Dr. Brown is Board Certified in OccupationalMedicine and has over 20 years experience in Occupational Medicine, UrgentCare and Family Practice. He designed a prototype industrial toxicologydatabase and was formerly the Medical Director of the Bloomington HospitalCenter for Occupational Health and Plant Physician for DaimlerChrysler.Dr. Brown has affiliations with the International Commission onOccupational Medicine and the American College of Occupational andEnvironmental Medicine. He has been published in the OEM Report,Occupational and Environmental Infectious Disease: a Practical Guide, andThe Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Joseph M. Finnigan, president and CEO of Vermont Federal Credit Union (VTFCU), is pleased to announce that Lance Potter has been promoted from Assistant Vice President/IS Manager to Vice President of Information Systems.As Vice President of Information Systems, Potter will join the senior management team, reporting directly to the president. In addition to management of information systems and electronic systems Lance will also be responsible for security and facilities.Potter possesses a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Castleton State College and has been with the credit union for five years.VTFCU is a $95 million plus financial institution, currently serving over 19,000 members. We provide membership to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Chittenden, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Franklin,Washington, or Addison Counties in Vermont.
The Vermont Tax Practitioners Association (VTPA) will hold its next regular meeting on Tuesday, September 17th from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn just off Exit 10 of I-89 in Waterbury, Vt.The morning session will be on “Employee Issues” and will be presented by Michelle Guilmette, a Sr. Tax Specialist with the Internal Revenue Service in the Taxpayer Education & Communication Division. Her talk will focus on employee versus subcontractor designations and related issues.The afternoon session will be on “Special Taxes” and will be given by Gloria Hobson of the Vt. Dept. of Taxes, or her designee. Ms. Hobson is the Department’s Taxpayer Advocate. She will discuss Vermont’s special taxes, various tax credits and some tax planning tips regarding the State’s new income tax structure.The meeting is free for VTPA members who have paid their 2002 dues. Annual VTPA membership dues are $50 payable in advance or at the meeting. Prospective members or other interested persons may attend one introductory meeting without charge. Lunch is an additional $10 charge for all attending. For more membership information call Rick Kane at (802) 463-1503.The Vermont Tax Practitioners Association is a professional organization formed in 1975 to advance the education of all those interested in the field of taxation. Members meet five times a year for workshops and networking.
Amvic Building System Inc of Toronto, Canada is pleased to announce the North American Distributor of the Year.Vermont ICF was selected from among 180 distributors for their leadership and achievements in distribution, promotion, customer service and sustainable construction of the Amvic Building System.Joel Baker, President and Jesse Wing, VP of Marketing were present at the ceremony to receive the award.Vermont Insulated Concrete Forms is the regional distributor of the Amvic Building System and ICF construction supplies. Since 1999 VTICF and President Joel Baker have been leading the transition from traditional building methods to more sustainable, efficient and durable construction.For more information about the Amvic Building System and Vermont ICF contact us www.amvicsystem(link is external) www.vticf.com(link is external) 1-866-vtforms
Exterus Technology for Business of Shelburne announced that Jay Pilcer was hired as Director of Sales, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). VoIP is the technology where regular voice calls are sent over a companies computer network instead of traditional phone lines. Mr. Pilcer comes to Exterus Technology for Business with over 25 years of experience in sales, business development and customer service. Prior to joining Exterus he spent the last 5 years responsible for the sale of mail room equipment to the business market throughout the state of Vermont. Previously, Mr. Pilcer spent 9 years in Washington, DC working in the Internet industry helping Fortune 100 companies like Kelloggs, National Geographic, M & M Mars and Mercedes Benz to develop and implement their first generation corporate web sites. Mr. Pilcer holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the University of Vermont.Come meet Jay at the 1st Annual Exterus Fall Expo 2007 on November 27 at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington, Vermont! Visit www.exterusbusiness.com(link is external) for more information on our products and services.
Vermont Achieves Record Safety Belt UseEarns $3.7 Million in Additional Transportation & Public Safety FundingMontpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas today announced that the state’s Click It or Ticket campaign has resulted in a record safety belt use rate of 87.3% in Vermont and an additional $3.7 million for the state’s transportation and public safety programs.Governor Douglas said this is the highest safety belt use rate ever documented in Vermont.”Vermont’s extraordinary law enforcement agencies, safety advocates and a number of private partners and citizens worked together to attain this level of use and together we are saving lives,” the Governor said. “This year, our educational campaign was the most comprehensive ever, including partnerships with Thunder Road race track, Bond Auto, the American Red Cross, Clear Channel Radio, Chittenden Bank, AAA Northern New England, Vermont Voltage Soccer Team, Agency of Transportation and Vermont Information Centers.”The Click It or Ticket campaign has been an annual effort coordinated by the Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program since 2002. Before the series of campaigns began, Vermont’s safety belt use rate was only 67.4%.As a result of attaining a belt use rate that exceeds 85% for the second consecutive year, Vermont qualifies for a federal incentive payment of $3.7 million dollars, Governor Douglas added.Vermont can use these funds for any project that improves a hazardous roadway or proactively addresses highway safety problems. And at least 1 million dollars of the funds received by Vermont under this incentive will be used for public safety programs.###
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300 and Central Vermont Public Service have agreed to a new five-year contract, the longest in company history, following interest-based negotiations.The new contract, affecting 216 unionized employees, was approved this morning and takes effect at midnight tonight, when the existing contract expires. The signing of a five-year agreement between the union and the company secures further benefits on both sides to expand upon, while strengthening the working relationship that presently exists, Local 300 Business Manager Jeff Wimette said. The union and the company have varied interests, of course, but we struck an agreement that is good for both sides, as well as our mutual customers.CVPS President Bob Young praised negotiators on both sides, as well as employee Ross Schifo, who served as a neutral facilitator in the negotiations. Schifo, who has an extensive background in facilitation, mediation and organizational development, served as an independent party in the interest-based talks, designed to elicit workable solutions rather than divisiveness. Over the past several contracts, the union and the company have been able to move beyond our self interests and really look at things from each other s side, Young said. That has allowed us to focus on customer needs together and ensure competitive benefits, working conditions and pay.The five-year contract is the longest in company history, the fourth reached through interest-based negotiating, and the fourth straight contract approved on the first vote of the union. In order to approximate the market, some specific jobs will receive base salary adjustments of 10 to 60 cents per hour, and all union job classification wage rates will increase by 3.35 percent in the first year of contract. In the second, third and fourth years, the increase will be 3.3 percent, and 3.25 percent in the fifth year. To help control long-term costs and volatility, the parties agreed to end CVPS s traditional pension for new hires, and to replace it with an enhanced 401k program, pending approval of the CVPS board of directors. The pension will remain in place for existing employees. The parties agreed to maintain employee contributions for health care at about 20 percent of company costs. We are proud of the work CVPS s employees do every day, and pleased to reach an agreement that serves their needs, and our customers, Young and Wimette said in a joint statement. As we demonstrated yet again in the recent ice storm, we are all committed to providing top-notch service, and a five-year contract will allow us to continue to focus on that together.
The request by Central Vermont Public Service (NYSE: CV) to defer the extraordinary service restoration costs associated with a December 2008 ice storm has been approved by the Vermont Public Service Board. The amount approved for deferral under the company’s alternative regulation plan is $4.1 million of the approximately $5.3 million total cost of the service restoration effort. As noted in its press release of Jan. 21, 2009, this deferral will allow the company’s 2008 earnings to return to the level of $1.45 to $1.55 per diluted share. The amount deferred will be collected over a 12-month period beginning July 1, 2009.”By allowing us to defer some of these costs, the PSB, with the support of the Department of Public Service, is giving us a fair opportunity to recover these expenses in the future,” said CV President and CEO Bob Young. “This was an unprecedented storm, causing tremendous, unexpected damage to our systems. Our response was proactive, extensive and expensive, but that was necessary to meet our customers’ expectations and return their lives to normalcy as quickly as possible. The board’s decision reflects that urgency, and is in keeping with the spirit of the alternative regulation plan.”Young said bills for the ice storm restoration continue to come in, but the company estimated costs at $5.3 million. By comparison, costs related to the 2007 nor’icane, previously the most expensive in company history, totaled $4.3 million.CV plans to communicate its estimate for 2009 earnings in the first quarter of 2009.About CVCV is Vermont’s largest electric utility, serving more than 159,000 customers statewide. CV’s non-regulated subsidiary, Catamount Resources Corporation, sells and rents electric water heaters through a subsidiary, SmartEnergy Water Heating Services.Forward-Looking StatementsStatements contained in this report that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe-harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements made that are not historical facts are forward-looking and, accordingly, involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Actual results will depend, among other things, upon the actions of regulators, performance of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, effects of and changes in weather and economic conditions, volatility in wholesale electric markets and our ability to maintain our current credit ratings. These and other risk factors are detailed in CV’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. CV cannot predict the outcome of any of these matters; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such indicated results will be realized. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this press release. CV does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release.RUTLAND, VT, Feb 18, 2009 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX)
Dealer.com, the global leader of online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, today announced it received two Automobile Standard of Excellence 2009 WebAwards from the Web Marketing Association. Dealer.com auto dealership clients Ed Voyles Acura and Flatirons Subaru were entered into the prestigious international competition that honors outstanding achievement in website development. More than 2,000 sites from 47 countries were entered in 96 industry categories during this year’s competition. Entries were judged on design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, copy writing and ease of use. This is the second consecutive year that Dealer.com has received the WebAwards Automobile Standard of Excellence.Bill Stout, general manager of Ed Voyles Acura, commented, “We are honored by the WebAward and I am very pleased with our work with Dealer.com. Their level of service is always at or above my expectations, and everyone at Dealer.com is very responsive and pleasant to work with. Our website design and production with Dealer.com was seamless and it was easy to make the switch. And we just signed up for their SEO service to achieve even more success and first-party lead generation from our website.” The Ed Voyles Acura website was designed in conjunction with Dealer.com’s overall online marketing solution for Acura of North America’s U.S. dealer network. The Flatirons Subaru site was also created as a part of Dealer.com’s solution for Subaru of North America’s U.S. dealer network. Both sites were designed to create consistent brand experience, capability and quality. In addition, the sites re-enforce the respective brands and styles, ensuring the brand interaction is consistent throughout the dealer network, while showcasing each dealership’s unique characteristics and personality. Most importantly, the sites offer consumers an improved shopping experience at the dealerships’ websites.Brian Scaglia, IT director of Flatirons Subaru, stated, “I have been with the dealership for over 14 years and have seen many vendors come and go. Our work with Dealer.com has been a refreshing experience and we made a huge leap forward when we partnered with them. They are constantly evolving and driving technology and service advancements. And the people at Dealer.com are great. There is a personal touch that you just don’t find with most vendors. This award is a testament to what we already knew: Dealer.com is one of the very best companies in online automotive retail.”Ryan Dunn, Dealer.com creative director, also commented, “What is most rewarding, is to see the spirit, talent and philosophy of Dealer.com epitomized by these solutions and the effort by all teams involved to bring them to market. Each project represents the unique capacity for our system to be adapted and designed for the intended audience, while building upon the strengths of a common foundation.”About Dealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external))Dealer.com is the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, providing award winning e-marketing solutions to OEMs, auto dealers and media companies. More of the nation’s top 125 auto groups use Dealer.com for their online marketing than any other provider. Recent national and international accolades include: The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, top ranking in The Net Promoter® Score Survey of customer satisfaction, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and the Web Marketing Association’s Automobile Standard of Excellence. In addition, Dealer.com was the 2008 top rated web provider on leading online rating websites, as well as the Gold Award winner from the Dealers’ choice awards for best dealer website solutions.About the WebAwards The Web Marketing Association is the producer of the WebAward Competition. Now in its 13th year, the WebAwards is the premier annual website award competition that names the best websites in 96 industries while setting the standard of excellence for all website development. More information about the WMA and the WebAwards can be found at www.webaward.org(link is external).Source: Dealer.com. BURLINGTON, VT, September 21, 2009
##30## After 18 straight days, working at over a dozen sites along Lake Champlain, VTrans reported Friday that the majority of their effort to shore up roadways from flood damage is complete. The tally of work over the past three weeks demonstrates more than one hundred and twenty five (125) state employees from all nine districts around the state worked side by side with private contractors and law enforcement personnel to ensure safe passage along roadways during some of the worst flooding in the state’s history. Over sixty (60) private contractors supported state efforts to establish work zones and improve road conditions. The state called in seven (7) large excavators and fifty (50) dump trucks from private contractors, to augment state resources which were stretched to the limit. Over three hundred and seventy five (375) sections of jersey barriers were delivered to the trouble sites from across the state. Approximately fifty thousand (50,000) cubic yards of rip rap from six (6) quarries coupled with two hundred (200) cubic yards of crushed stone was utilized to repair and shore up decimated roadways near the lake. In addition to lake shore flooding, fourteen (14) different sites reported major slides and slope failures along rivers and streams. Each of these reports created yet another emergency that required immediate attention. Road Update:As Lake Champlain water has receded, water is no longer crossing the traveled portions of Route 2 including the causeway leading to the Champlain Islands. Weather forecast for more rain this weekend and into next week could bring water levels back up. VTrans will continue to monitor the situation, and advise drivers to be mindful of possible changing road conditions. Route 2/ Sandbar ‘ Open to two lanes with no water or debris issues ‘ Jersey barriers are still in place.Route 2/Carry Bay ‘ Work complete on armoring ‘ no issues.Route 2/Alburgh ‘Mothers Bend’ ‘ Work complete on armoring ‘ no issues.Route 2/Alburgh ‘ North Hero Bridge ‘ Work complete ‘ no issues.Route 78/Swanton ‘ Work complete and delineators in place. No issues with water/debris.Route 129/Isle La Motte ‘ Open to two lanes with water/debris not an issue.Route 17 ‘ Open.Route 125 ‘ Remains closed.I-89 Southbound near Milton ‘ Still reduced to one lane and awaiting repair.Route 118 ‘ Still reduced to one lane in some areas due to road work.Route 122 ‘ Remains one lane in Lyndon due to slope failure and awaiting repair.Route 7/Highgate Springs ‘ Open; water and debris no long an issue.Route 36 ‘ No change ‘ still closed along the Bay.Smugglers Notch is now open. Ferries: Charlotte to Essex Ferry still out of service. Chimney Point and Grand Isle running on schedule. Preliminary Damage ReportVTrans has been working with FEMA and Vermont Emergency Management to assess flood damage to town and state roads and bridges. Latest damage estimates from recent flooding for the FEMA eligible public assistance program (town roads and bridges) are in excess of $6 million. State-owned road damage estimates are now in excess of $1.9million. These figures are likely to increase as the flood waters recede.