Business briefs (9/3/09)

Sept. 3, 2009

NEFCU hosts seminars

The New England Federal Credit Union in Williston is putting on four seminars this month, covering the topics of identity theft, mortgage loans, Internet safety and retirement.

The identity theft seminar takes place Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The seminar on mortgages, “Buying a Home in Today’s Market,” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 17.

“Internet Safety Protecting Your Home Network” is set for 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 22. “It’s Not Your Mother’s Retirement” will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 23.

All four seminars are free and take place at NEFCU, 141 Harvest Lane in Williston. For more information, visit or call 879-8790.


Vt. firms earn $722 million in defense contracts

Vermont companies have been awarded more than $722 million in defense contracts in fiscal 2008.

The state Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development says 209 businesses won contracts ranging from producing armaments and submarine parts to landscaping and waste removal.

A total of 1,495 defense contracts were awarded in Vermont in fiscal 2008.

General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products in Burlington earned the most, with contracts totaling $523.4 million.

The plant manages and produces weapons systems including the Hydra-70 rocket, which has been used extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan.

— The Associated Press