Author: 89N Admin

Chroma is dedicated to the success of our customers and the health and well-being of our employees. Given the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak we want to reassure all of our customers that Chroma is taking proactive steps to safeguard the health of our workforce, slow the spread of the virus in our community, and minimize the risk of disruption to our operations.

A majority of our sales, customer service, engineering, and administration staff are telecommuting. Staff continue to be available through the same email addresses and phone extensions that you currently use. We have appropriate IT infrastructure to support this remote work activity and this transition should not have an impact on our responsiveness.  For direct production workers we have added additional shifts and rebalanced existing shifts to support social distancing without reducing total weekly production capacity.

We have suspended business travel and access to our facility has been restricted to employees and critical vendors only.  We have worked with our suppliers to assess their capacity and continue to monitor supply chain developments so that we can take action as needed to appropriately manage our raw material inventories.

We know we have a special responsibility as many of our customers play a role in the diagnosis, containment and ultimately the prevention of COVID-19. We are carefully monitoring this rapidly changing situation and reviewing our response on a daily basis to ensure that we are doing the best we can to meet your needs in these extraordinary times.

For our own planning purposes, it would be very helpful to receive timely notification from you if you anticipate a significant change in your filter needs. We will of course notify you as quickly as possible if our ability to meet your needs changes.

We appreciate your continued support and sincerely hope you stay healthy and safe.

89 North’s parent company, Chroma Technology, was recently named one of the best places to work in Vermont by Vermont Business Magazine. Chroma was one of several medium sized companies to be awarded by Vermont Business Magazine, which has awarded the honor to Vermont companies since 2006.

This is the second year that Chroma has been named to the list. The awards program (which was created in alliance with the Society for Human Resource Management, Vermont Department of Commerce Community Development and the Best Companies Group) highlights and honors the corporations that offer the best employment environments across the state. The list is broken down into three categories, Small Businesses (15-99 employees), Medium Businesses (100-249 employees) and Large Businesses (250+ employees). Every company that enters is evaluated on their policies, practices, and demographics. A survey is then distributed to employees, who assesses their workplace environment and employee experience. The top companies are then determined, with the employee survey comprising 75% of the total evaluation.

As a 100% employee owned company and certified B-corp, Chroma makes sure all of its employees know they are valued. The firm offers generous benefits, such as paying 100% of individual employee’s health care costs (vision and dental included), ten paid holidays as well as 160 hours of vacation and sick time (combined). The firm embraced a living wage philosophy long before it was popular; over 25 years ago Chroma began paying every employee a true living wage, established to ensure every employee would be able to afford to purchase a house. Employees were compensated at a higher rate than the Vermont average, and this made the firm a role model for other businesses to follow.

During the early days of the pandemic, both Chroma and 89 North made sure to protect its workers and community by sending employees to work from home. For those essential workers in the manufacturing branch that could not work from home, Chroma made sure to accommodate by creating separate shifts for those who were especially vulnerable. Chroma adopted strict cleaning regimens and changed the rest of its shifts to limit the number of people in the building to ensure the safety of its employees.

Chroma is an employee-led firm, and embraces a philosophy of a triple bottom line: people, profits and planet. Being recognized by the Vermont Business Magazine means that the firm ranks among some of the most progressive companies in the state. Thanks to Vermont Business Magazine and all our employees for making this honor possible.

Janette K Bombardier, PE, was named Vermont’s 2019 Engineer of the Year. Ms. Bombardier is Chief Technology Officer of Chroma Technology located in Rockingham, VT. The award will be presented at the annual Vermont Engineers Week banquet on February 22.

Ms. Bombardier is a UVM graduate and former IBM engineer who rose to leadership and remained with the company after its sale as the Vermont Senior Location Executive for Global Foundries. She was Green Mountain Power’s Senior Vice President for commercial and industrial customer relations and business development, power production, and continuous improvement projects. Ms. Bombardier joined Chroma Technology in 2018.

For more information on Janette Bombardier’s career and the Engineer of the Year award, please see this recent article in the Vermont Business Magazine.

Chroma Technology Corp is a local optical filter engineer and manufacturer that supplies lenses to industries across the world. In 2017, the company began a 40,000 square foot expansion costing roughly $20 million which is helping to retain the company’s 113 existing jobs as well as adding 26 new jobs to the region. This project was facilitated by the BDCC using federal New Market Tax Credits, working with many local and state partners. For more information on this and other BDCC Development Services projects click here.

As seen in Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation

By Jennifer Stromsten