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Business Notes: Aug. 4, 2013

Windsor — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will be on hand Monday to take part in the official opening at American Crafted Spirits, which has been distilling Silo Vodka for about six months from organic grains grown by Vermont farmers.

The grand opening is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the distillery in Artisans Park, a themed industrial-retail park that includes Harpoon Brewery, Simon Pearce, Vermont Farmstead Cheese, Great River Outfitters and the Path of Life Sculpture Garden.

American Crafted Spirits was founded by Barnard residents Peter Jillson and his wife, Annemarie Delaney, who built the new barn-like facility last year.

Jillson and Delaney moved to back to Barnard, where he lived when he was younger, after he spent more than 30 years in marketing and management positions in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

The new $1 million distillery uses corn, wheat and rye to make the small-batch vodka, which is for sale on site and at Vermont liquor stores throughout the state.

“We are honored to have Gov. Shumlin with us to celebrate local, artisanal businesses in Windsor … (and) grateful for the strong support of the state of Vermont’s Economic Development Group,” Jillson said in a news release.

Tours of the distillery tasting room and production floor will also be offered during the ceremonies.

Company News

John Turner Consulting has signed a long-term lease on a facility located at 4775 Route 14 in West Harford, according to Bruce M. Waters with Lang McLaughry Commercial, who represented the landlord, Dayco Inc., and assisted the tenant.

John Turner Consulting offers services to the construction industry. The firm has been in business for more than 16 years and has other offices in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.

The new West Hartford office will primarily be used for construction material testing and future expansion, a company spokesman said in a news release.

Additional tenants in the facility are Waweco Auto and Truck Repair and private art studios. Occupancy is scheduled in early September.

The facility offers a combination of office space and open lab areas, in approximately 1,500 square feet.

Ryan Libbey, of Swanton, Vt., has joined the consulting engineering firm DuBois & King in the Randolph office as a dam engineer in the civil works division.

Libbey is a recent graduate of Clarkson University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Founded in 1962, DuBois & King provides multidiscipline engineering services from offices in Randolph, South Burlington, and Springfield, Vt., and Bedford and Laconia, N.H.

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