A Williston-based pizza shop gave a warm belly to some hardworking, chilly Williston Public Works employees on Monday, amid the snowstorm that shut down all schools in the immediate area. Arriving with six pizza pies from Ramunto’s Brick Oven Pizza, was a note to the snowplow drivers, salters and other workers that spent the day clearing roadways when so many offices were shut down. “Thank you for all you do on days like this,” said a note in magic marker on one of the boxes. “Stay safe and enjoy a little lunch on us. Love, Your friends @ Ramunto’s!” Lisa Schaeffler, assistant director of Public Works, told the Observer about the gift on Facebook Monday, saying they were pleased to get the pies, “thanking them for all of their hard work!! With a very nice note!!”
Burlington Beer Company announced last week it was changing its schedule around to keep its doors open every day, and is adding food to its ever-growing menu. Helping with that effort is the Williston Coffee Shop, which is supplying the breads for a menu stacked with sandwiches. In a Feb. 10 post on Facebook, the company noted, “Our tap room is now serving a full menu seven days a week,” and listed some of the menu items they said had been picked after a soft launch over the previous three weeks. The announcement also noted that the brewery would be changing its hours from five days a week to seven. The new hours of operation are Sunday-Thursday 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
drive a success
During the month of December each year, to help Burlington-area community organizations, New England Federal Credit Union (NEFCU) collects new or good-quality used blankets, which are cleaned and packaged by Greers Professional Fabricare Service. Since its inception 17 years ago, the NEFCU Blankets of Hope campaign has collected and distributed almost 3,000 blankets. This year’s drive collected 150 blankets which were donated to: Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), Spectrum, Howard Center, Martha’s Kitchen and Tim’s House
Williston-trained dog performs in Super Bowl ad
A Starksboro-based boxer who has been trained at Show Me The Biscuit appeared in an ad with Tom Brady for Intel during the Super Bowl on Feb. 5. The 5-year-old dog, named Jack, appeared as if he were the Patriots’ quarterback’s own dog, and plaintively witnesses the mundane things Brady does around his house, which are enhanced by the product they’re marketing, called 360 Replay (which allows at-home viewers to see a sports move from a 360-degree viewpoint.) Jack got two close-ups in the ad, which was filmed last year in Boston, according to NECN, which first reported the story. The owner told the news company that Jack has appeared in several commercials, and has been training at Show Me the Biscuit since he was a puppy.
Biz associations get political
Vermont business associations representing small, medium and large businesses and their employees united to release a statement Feb. 1 about President Donald Trump’s executive order relating to the issuance of visas, saying the executive order was found to be “contrary to the economic and humanitarian values that have defined our state and our country since its inception.”
Issued jointly by the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Business Roundtable, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, the organizations wrote, “…Our Associations reject the underlying assumption that one’s race, religion or culture should create an automatic bar to entry into our country.”
Hinesburg company powered by sun
Renewable NRG Systems (RNRG) is now meeting all of its electricity needs with on-site, renewable energy, the company announced Feb. 2. The upgrade, which added a new solar array to its LEED-Gold certified headquarters, coincides with the 35th anniversary of the company, which has been designing and manufacturing products for the wind and solar sectors since the renewables industry was just starting out. Justin Wheating, President and CEO of RNRG, said in a release, “We are fortunate to be located in a beautiful part of the world with a clean, healthy environment. We are also fortunate to have a focused, dedicated workforce many of whom travel around the world to areas with tragically different climates. The information they bring back…inspires us to redouble our efforts in changing the way energy is generated globally for the benefit of all.”
Nominations sought for ‘Outstanding Vermont Business’
The Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine are accepting nominations until March 4 for the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award that honors an outstanding Vermont business. To recognize and honor Vermont’s best companies, the Vermont Chamber and Vermont Business Magazine created the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award in 1990. Named for the former Governor of Vermont, this annual award honors a Vermont business that shows an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique. Last year’s winner was PC Construction Company, and recent award winners include Champlain Cable Corporation, Dealer.com, GW Plastics, the Foley Family of Companies, Small Dog Electronics and BioTek Technologies.
Nominees and applicants are encouraged to complete the 2016 Deane C. Davis Award online nomination form: http://events.vermontbiz.com/deane-c-davis-nominations/.
PC Construction wins Ben & Jerry’s contract
South Burlington-based PC Construction announced Feb. 7 it had been selected to provide construction services for Ben & Jerry’s 40,000-square-foot expansion project, dubbed “Project Extra Chunk” on Industrial Park Road in St. Albans. “We look forward to working with PC Construction on the expansion of our St. Albans facility,” said Rob Bellezza, factory director at Ben & Jerry’s. “Our proximity to the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery where we source our milk and to a skilled and talented workforce in the greater Franklin County area make this expansion a great fit for Ben & Jerry’s.”
Project Extra Chunk is an expansion of the existing Ben & Jerry’s food processing and industrial facility to include a new warehouse, packing room, refrigeration room, sugar tank room, mix storage space and a wastewater treatment plant. PC Construction will also provide the foundation and utilities for the modular building additions on the site. Interior renovations to the existing buildings include locker rooms and ancillary space. Currently, the 20-year-old space supports 200 jobs in Franklin County.