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Companies get state aid

In an effort to both stimulate Vermont jobs and reverse the Green Mountain States anti-business image, the state-run Vermont Economic Progress Council has earmarked nearly $1.3 million in taxpayer funds for state job creation incentives for three Chittenden County companies. It is estimated that the incentives will help create up to 300 new skilled jobs including positions for engineers. Three companies were targeted for the assistance package Qimonda, a German-based computer microprocessor developer; Burton, a Vermont-based snowboard and apparel manufacturer, and High Purity New England, a Vermont-based distributor of products manufactured by Meissner Filtration Products, Inc. , of California. The German-based Qimonda of Williston was authorized to receive $209,664 to create new engineering jobs and upgrade its machinery and equipment. In Vermont, the firm builds dynamic random access memory units for mobile electronic devices. Qimonda will receive $108,873 for production jobs and new machinery and equipment. Burlingtons Burton Corporation was authorized for $968,022 in economic incentives for new product development, design, testing, and engineering. Burtons headquarters are based in Vermont with other facilities in California. High Purity New England was authorized for $108,873 in economic incentives to create new highly skilled production jobs and invest in machinery and equipment. High Purity distributes Meissner filtration systems engineered for the pharmaceutical, bioprocessing, microelectronic, food and beverage, chemical, and laboratory industries.

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