The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has approved $14.7 million in business, agricultural and energy conservation financing for projects throughout Vermont totaling $17.3 million. Especially during these difficult economic times, VEDA is pleased to help businesses expand, support investments in energy conservation measures, and provide assistance to Vermont farmers in their efforts to sustain and strengthen their operations said Jo Bradley, VEDA s Chief Executive Officer.Approved for VEDA financing assistance are:Independent Brewers United Corporation, South Burlington VEDA gave final approval to issuance of a $6.7 million tax-exempt manufacturing industrial revenue bond to Independent Brewers United Corporation (IBUC), the newly-formed parent company of Magic Hat Brewing Company and Pyramid Breweries, Inc. Brown Brothers Harriman has agreed to purchase the bond. The Authority s financing approval supersedes that given Magic Hat in April of 2008, prior to Magic Hat s subsequent acquisition of the West Coast brewing company, Pyramid Breweries, Inc. Magic Hat s assets have since been merged with those of Pyramid into one operating company, IBUC, now owned by the former Magic Hat shareholders. In addition to the Magic Hat brewery and retail store in South Burlington, IBUC operates two other full-scale production breweries one in Portland, Oregon and one in Berkeley, California — and five brew pubs in cities in Oregon, Washington, and California. The $6.7 million in approved VEDA financing will help IBUC more than double production capacity at the South Burlington facility with the purchase and installation of a new brewhouse and bottling line, as well as other production and filling equipment, and associated leasehold improvements.The Manor, Inc., Morrisville The Authority also gave final approval to issuing a $6.5 million tax-exempt revenue bond to The Manor, Inc. to restructure debt associated with the 1999 construction of a skilled nursing and residential care facility adjacent to Copley Hospital. The Manor is a 100-bed nursing facility employing 120, which provides short-term rehabilitation services, long and short term skilled nursing and residential care/assisted living.The Authority also approved $506,000 in farm ownership and operating loans through VEDA s agricultural financing program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation; and, $778,151 was approved for small business development projects through the Authority s Vermont Small Business Loan Program. In addition, $195,500 was approved through the Vermont Business Energy Conservation Loan Program to help several businesses make energy efficiency and conservation improvements.VEDA s mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.4 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-5627.
Top-seeded Andy Murray dispatched Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2, 6-1 on Wednesday to set up China Open quarterfinal against his British Davis Cup teammate Kyle Edmund.Both are playing their first tournaments since Britain’s loss to Argentina in the Davis Cup semifinals last month.Murray is hoping a strong run in China to close the gap on No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, who withdrew from the tournament.He struggled initially against Kuznetsov, dropping two early service games as the players traded breaks, but went on a dominant run after the fifth game. (Andy Murray breezes past Grigor Dimitrov to reach US Open quarterfinals )Edmund, a qualifier, upset seventh-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.Fifth-seeded David Ferrer advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Fabio Fognini and will next play Alexander Zverev, who beat Jack Sock 6-4, 6-2. Ferrer is still chasing his first title of the season. The Spaniard has won at least one ATP title in all but one year since 2006. (Andy Murray cruises into US Open second round)Grigor Dmitrov held off Steve Johnson 7-5, 6-7 (9), 6-4 and No. 8-seeded Richard Gasquet beat Sam Querrey 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in first-round matches.In the women’s second round, top-ranked Angelique Kerber had a 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over Barbora Strycova, U.S. Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova rallied for a tough 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7) win over 19-year-old Daria Kasatkina, Johanna Konta wrapped up a rain-delayed 7-5, 6-2 win over Timea Babos, and Daria Gavrilova ousted 12th-seeded Timea Bacsinszky 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.advertisementKerber, who twice failed to serve out the match in a tight finish against Strycova, will next play Elina Svitolina for a place in the quarterfinals. (US Open: Andy Murray finds way past Paolo Lorenzi, Kei Nishikori steamrolls over Nicolas Mahut)Svitolina beat Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 6-4, and Caroline Garcia fended off Peng Shuai 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (4), ending a tournament for the Chinese wild card that started with an upset first-round win over Venus Williams.