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Vermont Castings in Randolph, then and now

Valley News video from 2014, by James M. Patterson:

Valley News article from this past weekend, by John Lippman, with James M. Patterson photos:

Not long ago, there used to be a lot of soot inside the Vermont Castings foundry, where workers would come off shifts coated in black, looking like they had just emerged from a coal mine.

 

But carbon particles don’t mix well with $450,000 Swedish-made robots, let alone people.

 

That’s one of the stark changes at the Randolph maker of wood-burning stoves, which has just completed a plant upgrade that converted what had resembled a Victorian-like era mill into a clean, energy-efficient manufacturing plant. It’s a factory where knowing how to program a computer-operated grinding and drilling machine is as critical a skill as safely pouring molten iron into sand molds.

 

“We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs,” Bill Corey, a drill and grind manager and 20-year company veteran, said about the corporate ownership changes Vermont Castings has experienced since its founding in 1975.

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John Leppo, of ACT Robots, fine tunes the programming of a robotic arm recently installed at the Vermont Castings foundry in Randolph, Vt., on Thursday, June 14, 2018. The system will lift the heaviest stove pieces made at the foundry, drill holes and grind rough edges. “I’m trying to get to a point here when people don’t have to lift more than 25 pounds,” said Vice President and General Manager Jeffrey Nelb. Despite some increased automation, the 100-employee plant is looking for ten new hires. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Upper Valley librarian reports that a court has ordered Equifax to pay her $600 in damages

Plus $90 in fees for her court battle related to last year’s Equifax data breach.

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Jessamyn West, of Randolph, Vt., is a librarian and library activist. In addition to her work with the Internet Archive’s Open Library, she teaches a drop-in computer class for adults, and blogs about library issues. She is seen on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

 

My kind of road trip: Picking up food supplies

Nisachon “Rung” Morgan, co-owner of Saap Restaurant in Randolph, #VT, walks out of the freezer section at Restaurant Depot in Everett, Mass., on Jan. 28. Morgan was born and raised in the Isan region of Thailand and applies her knowledge of her native cuisine to dishes at the restaurant. She and her husband make regular trips to the Boston area for hard-to-get supplies. 🔺 More at www.vnews.com, including a #recipe for pla dook foo, a green mango salad originally made with catfish, but substituted in Morgan’s version with poached shrimp. Link in profile. 🔺 (Valley News – Carly Geraci @carlygeraci) #uppervalley #upval #vnewsuv #photojournalism #shopping #freezer #food #restaurantbiz #smallbiz #thaifood #thairestaurant #randolphvt #802 #isan #thailand #vermont #boston #cuisine #work

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Recipe for pla dook foo, a green mango salad originally made with catfish, but substituted in Morgan’s version with poached shrimp, at the link!

Video: ‘Just an everyday thing’ at the Green Mountain Glove Company

Evangeline Pierce, of Randolph, sews a string of glove parts together at one of the machines where she has worked for over 40 years at Green Mountain Glove, in Randolph, Vt., Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. “Back when young Kurt (Haupt) was younger, I babysat him, and now I’m working for him,” said Pierce. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Happy Monday, y’all.

Here is a video (below) that I’m very proud of. It’s about the Green Mountain Glove Company in Randolph, which has been in the same family for four generations. It was conceived of and shot by my colleague James M. Patterson, with interviews by both of us and editing by me.

See more photos by James and an edited transcript of the video here. And many thanks to Evangeline, Kurt and Heidi for having us at the glove company last month, and especially for sharing some of their stories.

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