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Composites leaders share visions


Tuesday January 24, 2012 NEAL P. GOSWAMI Staff Writer BENNINGTON -- Representatives from Bennington's "composites cluster" outlined training programs and career opportunities during a public forum Tuesday aimed at introducing the industry to the Bennington community. The cluster -- made up of Kaman Composites Vermont, Plasan Carbon Composites and Plasan North American -- has


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