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Maine Engineering Firm Opens Office in White River Junction

White River Junction — A Bangor, Maine, engineering firm is opening an office and testing laboratory on South Main Street in June.

S.W. Cole Engineering announced last week that the company will be opening its first Vermont office soon, extending its reach into Northern New England. The White River Junction office will be the company’s eighth and the second expansion in the last seven months. Another office opened in Manchester in September.

Wilder resident Alan Brown, a former vice president with Advance Testing Co., has joined S.W. Cole as a construction services manager. He is managing S.W. Cole’s materials testing division out of a temporary office in the Upper Valley before the permanent office is opened at 230 South Main St. Construction on the office is expected to be finished by June, Brown said.

The Vermont office will house a concrete and soil testing laboratory that will enable the company to provide field testing services.

Brown has more than 25 years of experience in construction materials testing. He is a master of special inspections as prescribed by the International Code Council and holds certifications and registrations from the American Concrete Institute, the Code Council, NorthEast Transportation Technician Certification Program and other organizations.

“We anticipate that the new White River Junction office will allow us to expand our geotechnical and environmental services in Vermont and northern New Hampshire.” said Paul F. Kohler, the firm’s president and chief executive officer.

S.W. Cole Engineering’s laboratories provide physical testing of concrete, soil, aggregates and asphalt. The firm’s technicians provide field testing of construction materials for projects that include buildings, roads and bridges, infrastructure such as water and sewer projects, and industrial projects including wind power and transmission projects and manufacturing plants.

Since its founding by Stephen W. Cole in 1979, the firm has expanded throughout New England. The company employs more than 70 people and has seven other office locations, including Keene, Manchester and Somersworth in New Hampshire and Augusta, Bangor, Caribou and Gray, Maine.

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Echo Communications, of New London, won a best of category award and four recognition awards during the Printing Industries of New England’s regional competition, held earlier this month at the trade association’s annual gala in Newton, Mass.

Echo was chosen from more than 200 entries from 41 printing and imaging companies from across New England. The company was judged on criteria including registration, clarity, neatness and sharpness of halftones and graphics, as well as other measures.

Vermont Technical College is seeking prize sponsors for awards in its upcoming Vermont Farm/Food Business Plan Competition.

The 2013 competition has drawn 117 entries from across the state. The contest is designed to stimulate new business in agriculture and food systems through product development, production, processing, distribution and expansion.

Total awards of $60,000 in business incubation funds will be given as prizes, ranging from $100 to $10,000, and will be presented during the “Strolling of the Heifers” festivities in Brattleboro on June 5.

Businesses interested in sponsoring an award should contact Martha Trombley Oakes at 802-728-1732.

Upcoming Events

The Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its Business After Hours meeting at The Center at Eastman from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, at 6 Clubhouse Lane, Grantham. Bring a business card to get in on the raffles, which include free golf. Cash bar will be available. Register by Friday by calling 603-863-4240 ext. 103, or emailing lorie@eastmannh.org.

The 21st annual Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce Wechsler Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for May 14 at Lake Morey Resort. Registration fees are $95, which include green fees, golf carts, favors and an all-day barbecue. To register, email lebanonchamber@lebanonchamber.com by May 9.

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