Bennington County, Vermont is home to one of the Northeast’s premier composites clusters. The long term trends of lighter, stronger, faster and more fuel efficiency are in the early stages of playing out and Bennington County is well positioned to capitalize on these trends.

Kaman Composites of Vermont, formally Vermont Composites, is an advanced technology company focusing on carbon fiber applications for the medical, commercial aerospace and military aerospace. The company design and builds mission critical structures and systems for the most challenging technical and operational applications.

Hale Mountain Research was founded in July 2014 by James Salerno, formerly of Plasan

Carbon Composites, in Bennington Vermont. Hale Mountain Research specializes in design and prototyping services focused on composite parts and assemblies; as well as reverse engineering, CAD and CAE support, advanced composite material system development, and composite manufacturing facility planning.

K & E Plastics provides supply chain services to the emerging composites sector. The company has a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant and warehouse. Our skilled machinists run a variety of the finest CNC machines being made today. We work with very inexpensive paper-based materials to the most highly-developed – and expensive – engineering plastics, both thermoplastics and thermosets, from the top producers in the country.

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Advanced Flexible Composites (AFC) is a customer-focused, high performance composites company. Founded in 1988, AFC, a family-owned and operated business, has grown to become one of the most respected companies in the industry. With over 150 years of combined industry experience, AFC’s employees are committed to delivering high quality, reliable products that are tailored to the needs of our customers. Three key principles have driven AFC’s success: Innovation, Quality and Service.

JBM Sherman Carmel is committed to the highest standards of workmanship, quality control, and safety, while ensuring the lowest cost for our customers.

We provide laser cutting, metal forming, welding, media blasting, and painting services. We also aid in the manufacturing of armor-survivability systems for many Department of Defense projects including armor steel parts for military vehicles including MRAP, MTVR, and MATV. We have the ability to work with any type of armor and military materials. With our international JV partner, we form a solid group of service suppliers.

The Orvis Rod Shop – For all of us at Orvis, the words “Made in America” mean more today than they ever have. What they carry with them is an unwavering promise of quality, backed by over 150 years of sweat, innovation, passion, and pride.

Nowhere is that on display more prominently than in our Manchester, Vermont, rod shop, where our fly rods are conceived, constructed, tested, and ultimately perfected. From the state-of-the-art graphite technology used in our Helios 2, Superfine Carbon, and all-new Recon rods to the time-tested Tonkin-cane construction of our bamboo series, each step in the process involves hard-working American hands and a powerful connection not only to our history, but to each and every rod we build.