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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

Joint Concurrent House Resolution

H.C.R. 14

House concurrent resolution congratulating Chroma Technology Corporation

Offered by:  Representatives Obuchowski of Rockingham and Partridge of Windham

Whereas, the mission of Business Ethics Magazine is to “promote ethical business practices and serve the growing community of professionals striving to work and invest in responsible ways,” and

Whereas, as a way to recognize examples of this laudable goal, the magazine presents Business Ethics Awards, and

Whereas, the 2004 winner for the Business Ethics Award, in the living economy category, is employee-owned Chroma Technology Corporation of Rockingham, and

Whereas, this specific award category is intended to honor companies that are “locally based, human scale, stakeholder-owned, democratically accountable, life serving, and which seek fair profits rather than maximum profits,” and

Whereas, Chroma Technology was established in 1991 with seven employees and, today, has a staff of over 50, and

 Whereas, the company occupies a state-of-the-art environmentally friendly and energy efficient manufacturing facility in Rockingham, and

Whereas, this future‑oriented and employee‑friendly corporation specializes in the design and manufacture of precision optical filters and coatings, and

Whereas, its products are used for many scientific and research purposes, and

Whereas, Chroma Technology’s annual sales have grown from just over $300,000.00 to an anticipated 2004 sales level of $16 million, and

Whereas, in this era of manufacturing outsourcing to overseas plants, Chroma Technology is an outstanding example of a company with American‑based production facilities that ships about 37 percent of its product to purchasers in Asia and Europe, and

Whereas, the corporation’s unusual compensation plan is based on length of tenure and not job description, and Chroma’s profit-sharing and outstanding benefits have minimized employee turnover, and

Whereas, the employees of Chroma Technology can be very proud of their accomplishments, now therefore be it


Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Chroma Technology Corporation of Rockingham on its winning the 2004 Business Ethics Magazine Award in the living economy category, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Chroma Technology Corporation in Rockingham.



____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


____________________________              ____________________________

Brian E. Dubie                                             Donald G. Milne

President of the Senate                              Clerk, House of Representatives       




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The Vermont General Assembly
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