Company News: May 2016

Company News: May 2016

White River Toyota has been named one of 28 dealers from the company’s Boston region to receive the Toyota President’s Award. To qualify for the award, Toyota dealerships must excel in sales, service and vehicle delivery customer satisfaction, employee training and certification, among other categories. Dealerships that exceed the requirements in all categories receive recognition at company events along with national recognition. “It’s a huge honor for any of our dealers to win this award, so to have 28 winners in our region shows how committed our dealers are to our customers,” George Brenner, general manager of Toyota’s Boston region, said in a news release. Other Twin State dealers to be honored include Alderman’s Toyota in Rutland; Grappone Toyota in Bow, N.H.; Irwin Toyota in Laconia, N.H.; and Toyota of Keene in East Swanzey, N.H.

White River Junction’s Henderson’s Tree Services LLC has been accredited under a new accreditation program administered by the Londonderry, N.H.-based Tree Care Industry Association. The accreditation process includes a rigorous application process and a review of business and professional practices, including formal training and certification of employees, compliance with industry standards, adherence to safety standards, and more. The Tree Care Industry Association also conducted an onsite audit of the company’s facilities and work sites. The accreditation is in effect for a period of three years, with renewal check-ups required every year.

Fairlee-based Mountain Graphics Photography has been granted an exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration allowing it to operate a small unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone, for commercial aerial photography and videography. Using a drone for aerial photography “drastically reduces the danger and costs of larger, manned vehicles,” the company said in a news release. The company said it intends to use the aerial vehicle for property photography, first responder assistance and agricultural applications.

The Vermont Alpaca Store is scheduled to open May 1 in Quechee Gorge Village, 5573 Woodstock Road, Quechee. Owners Lisa Briggs and Brian Mattei, who also operate Living the Dream Alpaca Farm in Hartland, said the new store will feature alpaca clothing and accessories, including sweaters, gloves, hats, scarves, socks and slippers made in Peru and the United States, along with alpaca yarn. Visitors to the store will have the chance to meet the alpacas. For more information, visit

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