The Manufacturing Summit in Vermont is a business-to-business event for manufacturers, OEMs and sub-contractors to connect and develop business for contracts and enhanced supply chain opportunities.

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To strengthen and grow our manufacturing base for competitive advantage here at home and abroad.


To showcase the manufacturing sector as a significant driver of our economy both as an employer and producer of goods, create a niche network that connects industry peers and facilitate both sourcing and procurement opportunities for innovative, stronger, and nimble supply chains in Vermont, throughout New England, and with our trading partner Canada.

Key industrial sectors include:

  • Aerospace and aviation
  • Automotive
  • Electronics
  • Defense
  • Industrial
  • Naval and Marine
  • Medical and Medical Devices
  • Product Manufacturing
  • Space
  • Textiles
  • Transportation

The Manufacturing Summit offers exhibitors and participants:

  • A niche network with industry peers for new business and vendor partnerships.
  • Pre-scheduled business-to-business (B2B) Matchmaking Meetings  for exhibitors with fellow exhibitors and participating primes for new potential sourcing and procurement opportunities.
  • New resources, programs and seminars on financing, government contracting and workforce innovation to grow business.
  • Opportunities to market their company brand as a quality employer in manufacturing and beyond.
  • Connections and strengthened relationships with existing and new customers and suppliers.
  • Access to workforce, educational and training programs for workforce development and recruitment.

2019 Results:

  • 120 exhibitors
  • 500 B2B meetings
  • 20 OEMs
  • Over 600 participants from 4 countries
  • 25 Canadian companies from Lower Québec and Canada

A Thank You Video to 2018 Exhibitors and Attendees

Vermont Manufacturing Statistics At a Glance

  • Jobs: 9.1% of Vermont’s workers are employed by manufacturers. Source: 2018 VMEC Impact Report. In 2014, manufacturing employed 32,000 people, or 10.4% of Vermont’s total employment population. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Wages: Vermont manufacturing paid employees an average annual wage of $63,000. Source: 2018 VMEC Impact Report  
  • State GSP: 8.7% of Vermont’s Gross State Product was provided by manufacturing. Source: 2018 VMEC Impact Report. In 2015, manufacturing accounted for about $2.8 billion, or 9% of the state’s gross domestic product (GDP). Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis 
  • Exports: In 2014, manufactured goods exported by Vermont companies made up almost 71% of all Vermont exports or about $2.57 billion in total value. Source: U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Division
  • Economic Multiplier Impact: Every $1 in manufactured goods generates an estimated $1.89 worth of additional economic activity – the highest of any other sector. Source: National Association of Manufacturers 
  • Employment Multiplier: Each manufacturing job supports an additional 4 jobs elsewhere. Source: National Association of Manufacturers