Manufacturing

Precision and excellence.

Vermont’s manufacturing industry is poised for success, with more than 1,100 manufacturing firms and a new generation of market leaders driving innovation in this sector, accounting for over 9% of state GDP

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28,061

jobs in Vermont manufacturing (2020)

$1.83 billion

Manufacturing wages (2019)

$2.69 billion

in manufactured good exports

79%

of Vermont manufacturers have fewer than 20 employees

Manufacturing is a crucial part of Vermont’s economy.

Manufacturers employ 9.5% of all Vermont workers, with every job supporting an additional 1.6 jobs.

Vermont has a long history as a precision manufacturing hub, reaching all the way back to the Industrial Revolution. As manufacturers followed the rivers upstream in search of water power, the machine tool industry flourished in towns like Springfield, once known as ‘Precision Valley.’ The tradition continues today as Vermont manufacturers use the most modern techniques and equipment to produce high-value-added items in the precision machining, plastics, composites, semiconductor, and medical device segments, to name just a few.

Vermont is also growing a new generation of manufacturers, from hubs for nationwide companies such as GE Aviation and GlobalFoundries, to burgeoning homegrown companies like Chroma Technologies, BioTek Instruments, and Vermont Precision Tools.

Traditional manufacturers are also reinventing themselves. Darn Tough Vermont, for example, has invested millions in a state of the art mill in Northfield, 

Vermont to produce its legendary “Darn Tough” socks that are sold worldwide and by EMS, REI, and other top outdoor gear retailers. 

Manufactured goods exported by Vermont companies made up almost 71% of all Vermont exports or about $2.69 billion in total value in 2017. Every dollar produced in manufactured goods generates an estimated $1.82 of additional economic activity — the highest of all Vermont economic sectors. See a list of Vermont’s manufacturers.

Vermont is the regional leader for job concentration in the semi-conductor and complex electronics industry sub-sector. Advanced manufacturing is an important part of the employment landscape, with 25% of the manufacturing workforce in half of all Vermont counties employed in advanced sectors. Workforce training is a priority, from high-quality statewide technical centers to Vermont Technical College’s advanced manufacturing lab.

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Manufacturing in Vermont

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Further Reading

 Vermont’s manufacturers are essential small businesses, rooted in towns not just as employers but also as community anchors. In fact, 71% of Vermont manufacturers are located in rural counties. 

Vermont Manufacturers

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Vermont Training Program

Educating Vermont’s workforce one small business at a time.

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Darn Tough Vermont

A legendary Vermont brand takes “JENerosity” to a whole new level.

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KAD Models & Prototypes

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Manufacturers, Makers, Vermonters 

Vermont is home to cutting edge technology and innovation, as well as small businesses that continue decades—sometimes over a century’s worth—of solid manufacturing of trusted products.

Representative Manufacturing Organizations in Vermont

Here’s a sample of just a few businesses throughout the state:

Region
Northwest
Location
Essex Junction
Region
Southern
Location
Proctor
Region
Northwest
Location
Colchester
Region
Southern
Location
Bellows Falls
Region
Southern
Location
White River Jct
Region
Central
Location
Vergennes
Region
Northwest
Location
South Burlington
Region
Northwest
Location
Burlington
Region
Northwest
Location
Colchester
Region
Southern
Location
Brattleboro
Region
Northwest
Location
Williston
Region
Northwest
Location
Williston
Region
Southern
Location
Rutland
Region
Northwest
Location
Essex Junction
Region
Southern
Location
Brattleboro
Region
Southern
Location
Bethel
Region
Northwest
Location
Colchester
Region
Northwest
Location
Colchester
Region
Northwest
Location
Milton
Region
Southern
Location
North Springfield
Region
Southern
Location
North Clarendon
Region
Northwest
Location
Georgia
Region
Southern
Location
Arlington
Region
Northeast
Location
Morrisville
Region
Northwest
Location
Saint Albans
Region
Southern
Location
North Bennington
Region
Southern
Location
Bennington
Region
Southern
Location
Brattleboro
Region
Southern
Location
Florence
Region
Northwest
Location
Georgia
Region
Northwest
Location
Saint Albans
Region
Northwest
Location
Winooski
Region
Northwest
Location
Essex Junction
Region
Central
Location
Graniteville
Region
Southern
Location
Bellows Falls
Soundview Vermont Holdings
Region
Southern
Location
Putney
Region
Northwest
Location
Saint Albans
Region
Northeast
Location
Derby Line
Region
Northwest
Location
Winooski
Region
Southern
Location
Bethel
Region
Northwest
Location
Swanton
Region
Southern
Location
Danby
Region
Northwest
Location
Williston
Region
Southern
Location
Bellows Falls
Region
Southern
Location
Shaftsbury