Orders strong, but toys don’t make themselves

A Vermont factory has plenty of wood and lacquer, yet too few workers to meet holiday demand

BY JEANNE WHALEN
BUSINESS


middlebury, vt. — With eight weeks to go until Christmas, tensions were running high at one of Vermont’s oldest toymakers. As hammers fell on hardwood and machine tools cut train engines, managers gathered around a table to confront a daunting lisst of...

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