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Vermont toymaker honored by SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration recognized Michael Rainville, president and owner of Maple Landmark, as its 2017 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year.

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Maple Landmark in Middlebury, Vt., manufactures eco-friendly wooden games and toys, such as jigsaw puzzles and trains. The company was recognized for its employment growth, financial success, expansion and community involvement.

"It's a privilege to have Maple Landmark recognized for its efforts," Rainville said. "Throughout the years we have been recognized for our toys, but this is the first time Maple Landmark has been recognized for its overall business operations.

"We are extremely proud to be a Vermont manufacturer. There were times when it was tempting to think about going overseas, but we know what we are. We are an American company that likes to make stuff."

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