02/17/2006 - For Immediate Release

"Palettes of Vermont" Begin At Two Local Businesses

Middlebury, VT—While artisans in communities across the State of Vermont are participating in the "Palettes of Vermont" project, the palettes themselves got their start here in Addison County.

From the forests of Northern Vermont to Addison County, the 6,000 maple palettes began their journey at the Vermont Plywood Company, in Hancock. Vermont Plywood has an ongoing commitment to the environment and forest stewardship, thus making this project a very special one. Located in the former Weyerhauser plant, Vermont Plywood has been in operation for 2 years and prides itself on producing the highest quality hardwood plywood available.

The maple palettes, in the form of small sheets of plywood, then moved over the mountain to Maple Landmark Woodcraft, in Middlebury, where each palette is laser cut from the plywood sheet, sanded and engraved with the Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association, and Vermont Quality Wood Products logos.

"Supporting the Arts is important to us," states Mike Rainville owner of Maple Landmark, "even though we are a 'manufacturer,' being creative is a cornerstone to our business."

Palettes can be obtained through the Vermont Arts Council at 802-828-3293, or at www.vermontartscouncil.org.

Contact: Barbara Rainville • 800-421-4223
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