Precision Valley Survivor: Lovejoy Tool Co.
Jan25

Precision Valley Survivor: Lovejoy Tool Co.

Warren Garfield is giving a tour of the Lovejoy Tool Co. factory, carrying his workingman’s frame with a graceful ease among the maze of rooms and jungle of machinery spread like sentries throughout the red brick building. If Garfield appears as comfortable on the floor of the Springfield, Vt., factory as a man does in his own home workshop, it’s understandable: He has worked at the company for 50 years, starting the day after he...

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The Big Event: Montshire’s 40th Anniversary Draws 1,200 Museum Lovers
Jan25

The Big Event: Montshire’s 40th Anniversary Draws 1,200 Museum Lovers

T he Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich has been offering hands-on science exhibits and programs throughout its 40 years, and the museum’s recent anniversary celebration hewed to that mission. The Jan. 10 open house didn’t neglect birthday basics — cake and a group rendition of Happy Birthday both were served up, and each of the 1,200 guests received a gift: free admission. But visitors also were treated to related science...

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SCORE Stories: Painting the Town Red
Jan05

SCORE Stories: Painting the Town Red

A case of the corporate blues and being in the right place at the right time was all Tom Evans and Shawn Hickey needed to make a career change and join the millions of Americans who chance it every day and open a small business. Though neither had the innate entrepreneurial urge to break away from the somewhat predictable 9-to-5 corporate America lifestyle, both recognized an opportunity when it was squarely in front of them. Evans...

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Leadership Upper Valley: ‘Show Them the Magic’
Jan05

Leadership Upper Valley: ‘Show Them the Magic’

It’s a common problem among manufacturing companies in the Upper Valley and elsewhere: Experienced employees are nearing retirement, and there aren’t enough younger folks lining up to replace them. “We have been realizing over the past few years that we need to think outside the box to recruit talent to GW Plastics,” said Cathy Tempesta, human resources director for the Bethel-based company that specializes in precision injection...

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‘A Life-Changing Opportunity’: New Pharmacy Technician Recalls Unlikely Journey to Finding a Job She Loves
Jan05

‘A Life-Changing Opportunity’: New Pharmacy Technician Recalls Unlikely Journey to Finding a Job She Loves

Students in the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center apprenticeship programs for medical assistants, pharmacy technicians and medical coders often bring experiences and circumstances to the classroom that are different from those of the typical freshman entering college. For example, nearly 30 percent of the first 100 students in the program were over the age of 40, and 8 percent were veterans. Cassie Audette was as atypical as they...

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Cover Story: Build Your Own Workforce
Jan05

Cover Story: Build Your Own Workforce

A perfect storm was brewing at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center — hundreds of job openings to fill, few qualified applicants to fill them, many current employees nearing retirement — and the gathering tempest was raising concerns about patient care. “At Heater Road, we had to shut down to new patients for some time last year because we did not have the ability to get patients through fast or efficiently enough,” said Barbara...

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Apprenticeship Stories: ‘It Has Changed My Life’
Jan05

Apprenticeship Stories: ‘It Has Changed My Life’

An incomplete transcript. A layoff notice. For Ashley Williams and Charina Canete, the adversity they experienced in summer 2014 became, as the saying goes, the seed of opportunity. Today, Williams and Canete are medical assistants at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center who can look back at the bad news they received as opening the door to a new career with good pay, benefits and unlimited career growth potential. They were among the...

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Learn the Job, Teach the Job: Workforce Training Firm Vermont HITEC Is DHMC’s Apprenticeship Program Builder

Vermont HITEC calls its apprenticeship model “reverse engineering.” Rather than teaching skills in an academic environment, it starts with the job and the competencies sought by the employer. “We learn the job and we know what the employer needs,” said Juliane Hegle, an instructor and consultant with the Williston, Vt.-based workforce training firm. “We are like chameleons,” said Hegle, who, like other instructors in...

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December Editor’s Note: Clock Management

It’s still a few days before Thanksgiving as I write this and here we are assembling the December edition of Enterprise, with its references to Santa and Christmas trees, and laying the groundwork for the January edition, which may well include a resolution or two. All this before I’ve had a first helping of turkey and stuffing, to say nothing of seconds. Such is the nature of publishing: It monkeys with one’s sense of time. It also...

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Designed to Work
Dec10

Designed to Work

Furniture making is an art that WallGoldfinger Inc. has down to a science. The Randolph-based company specializes in marrying corporate furniture — ranging from small desks to 50-foot conference tables — with technology to create beautiful yet functional pieces. Led by mild-mannered but driven CEO John Wall, who owns the company with his wife, Annie Gould, WallGoldfinger has grown into a formidable furniture producer catering to...

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