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Business Notes: Jan. 26, 2014

Hanover — H ypertherm has received a LEED Gold designation from the U.S. Green Building Council for its new Lebanon manufacturing facility.

The 160,000-square-foot facility on Heater Road, which has been in operation for about a year, received 62 points from the council as part of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The award represents best in class green building practices that measure design, construction, maintenance and operation of green buildings.

“We are grateful to the amazing team of professionals who helped us stay true to our core values and environmental goals by guiding us through this process,” said Barbara Couch, vice president of corporate social responsibility for Hypertherm.

“The end result coupled with today’s LEED Gold announcement is more than we ever could have hoped for,” Couch said in a news release last week.

The new facility will accommodate Hypertherm’s growth in a number of areas. In addition to fostering the eventual creation of up to 500 new jobs, the facility includes advanced research and development space, training classrooms and engineering labs.

Hypertherm, based in Hanover, has 1,300 employees in the Upper Valley and worldwide. The company designs and manufactures advanced cutting products for use in such industries as shipbuilding, manufacturing and automotive repair.

Company News

The herd of cattle and flock of laying hens at Longest Acres Farm , operated by Nick Zigelbaum and Kate Maclean in Chelsea, have been certified as “Animal Welfare Approved” by the Alexandria, Va.-based farm animal welfare program that issues the food label for meat and dairy products.

The certification indicates that animals were raised in accordance with the highest animal welfare standards in the U.S., using sustainable agriculture methods on an independent family farm.

“Knowing the animal intimately is the best way to be proactive when it comes to animal welfare,” Zigelbaum said in a news release last week.

Zigelbaum and Maclean raise red devon cattle, a breed known for its hardiness and tolerance of weather extremes and thriving on rough grazing. The flock of laying hens is a mix of traditional breeds, including minorca, araucana and brown leghorns.

Animal Welfare Approved audits, certifies and supports farmers raising their animals according to the highest welfare standards, outdoors on pasture or range, the release says.

Last year, FairPoint Communications I nc. completed broadband expansion work in portions of Bethel, Bradford, Chelsea, Corinth, Thetford, Vershire and West Fairlee in the Upper Valley, the company announced last week.

FairPoint also has completed work on broadband Internet service that will reach 120 residences and businesses in Sharon along all or portions of these roads: Allen Hill Road, Baxter Mountain Road, Breezy Lane, Carpenter Road, Church Street, Columbia Road, Eastman Road, Daisy Lane, Fay Brook Road, Horse Farm Road, Johnsons Way, Karilyn Drive, Moore Road, Mosher Lane, Ogden Lane, Quimby Mountain Road, Raymond Road, Route 14, Route 132, Sharon Meadows, Shippee Lane, Station Masters Road, Swanson Road, Town Farm Road, Wendy Lane and White Brook Road.

Upcoming Events

Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual meeting Tuesday morning at the Woodstock Inn & Resort.

The guest speaker is Nigel Hollis, the author of The Meaningful Brand, and the Business of the Year will be honored. The topic for Hollis’ talk is “How Strong Brands Make More Money.”

The meeting starts at 7:30 with breakfast and adjourns at 9:30. The fee is $17. For more information, call 802-457-3555.

The Vermont Small Business Development Center is offering a four-hour workshop on how to start your own business and write a business plan. The course will be offered on Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Hartford Municipal Building, 171 Bridge St., in Room 204. The workshop is designed as a step-by-step guide for starting a business in Vermont for the first-time business owner. Space is limited. To register for the workshop, click on the training tab at www.vtsbdc.org. For registration questions, email Heather Gonyaw at hgonyaw@vtsbdc.org. The registration fee of $99 includes a workbook in hardcopy and .pdf format.

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