Business Briefs (11/19/09)

Nov. 19, 2009


Williston businesses receive federal funding

Sen. Patrick Leahy visited two Williston companies on Monday to announce that he had obtained contracts, worth a total of $3.2 million, for the firms, Microstrain and Triosyn.

MicroStrain received a $2.4 million Department of Defense contract to continue developing independently powered wireless sensors that will help the Navy monitor wear and tear on its hel-icopters.

MicroStrain manufactures measurement systems and wireless sensing networks, among other technologies. The company’s sensing systems are used in a wide variety of applications, including testing new designs, controlling critical processes, navigating unmanned vehicles and monitoring the health of structures and machines.

“We’re proud of our many breakthroughs in advanced wireless sensor networks,” MicroStrain President and CEO Steve Arms said in a press release. “We’re looking forward to the next phase of this project which is taking the system onto real helicopters in flight and we thank the U.S. Navy and Senator Leahy for their continued support.”

Triosyn received an $800,000 contract with the Department of Defense to develop an antimicrobial wound dressing, which could reduce deadly infections. Triosyn has already used $15 million of federal investments secured by Leahy to develop an antimicriobial mask for the military. The mask kills 99.9 percent of viruses on contact.

By the end of the year, Triosyn estimates the masks will have resulted in the hiring of more than 100 people.


Vonage settles with Vermont and 31 states

Vermont’s attorney general says the state will receive $45,000 as part of a $3 million multistate settlement with Vonage Holdings Corp., an Internet-based telephone company.

Vermont and 31 other states had reached a settlement that requires Vonage to changes how it markets its service and handles consumer cancellation requests.

Attorney General William Sorrell says many consumers were charged activation and regulatory fees and taxes during trial periods.

He says the settlement requires Vonage to refund eligible consumers and honor their decisions to cancel the service.


— The Associated Press