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Re: “The Rise and Fall of Springfield, Vermont's First 'Tech Hub'

This is a good, thought provoking article. It shows how Hartness developed businesses that became critical to the growth of Vermont and to some degree America. But also shows how companies can be throttled out of business by poor management.

Certainly J&L, Fellows and Bryant were at one time global leaders. During my first trip to Germany in 1989 I witnessed the prominence of Bryant products. The German company I worked for had a new 150,000 square foot building for grinding bearings. It housed only Bryant grinders. The reason: Bryant products were the best in the world.

While working at Bryant as a college coop in 1963 - 1968 many Asian groups were escorted through Bryant plant WITH many cameras hanging from their necks. I asked why cameras were permitted the answer: it was a priveledge and it's free advertising. How ridiculous! My German employer never knowingly allowed cameras in any of its 90+ global facilities to protect company developed technology and processes.

As a coop I programmed CNC machines to make Bryant grinder components. But somehow Bryant was unable to associate CNC with their product. I believe if Bryant and Fellows had started to integrate CNC into their equipment 50 years ago and better protected their intellectual property the brands might be viable today.

I lived in Springfield for 23 years. My dad worked at Fellows all of his career. I ultimately moved on to experience life outside of Vermont. I returned several times and unfortunately witnessed the changes in the town as the plants lost business.

Thanks for the article which made it to my computer in 2019.

Posted by Nezdave on 07/08/2019 at 10:20 AM

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