“Bennington Made,” a local series developed by The Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce and CAT-TV was named as a Top 5 Finalist in the 3rd Annual Chamber Innovation Award Competition. “Bennington Made” was featured alongside the other four finalists in the 2016 edition of Chambers of Inspiration.
“Bennington Made” is a behind-the-scenes tv series that showcases unique Bennington businesses. Similar in format to Discovery Science’s “How It’s Made” and ABC News’ “Made in America,” the production is both modern and intriguing. With a focus on quality, craftsmanship, and locally-made products, the series puts a spotlight on the pride and celebration of products made by residents ofBennington. “Bennington Made” brings great opportunity to member businesses; they benefit from the exposure and they also receive the professional footage for use in their own marketing efforts. The best part? It’s free! The Chamber partners with the local cable access channel to produce the show. Additionally, the Chamber uses the program and videos to draw visitors, other businesses, and workers to the area.”
Episode 10: Madison Brewing Co.
In this episode we take a look at the microbrew craze that's happening in Southern Vermont with a special tour of locally owned and operated Madison Brewing. We join Head Brewer Will as he shows us how the Madison family has been brewing beer for the last 20 years.
Episode 7: Vermont Wooden Blocks
Forget garage tech start up, try basement wooden block start up! This episode we meet Bob and his Vermont Wooden Block company of which he started in his basement. His product is now used in many schools and with parents as a great S.T.E.M. learning and play product.
Episode 4: Jay's Art Gallery & Frame Shop
Jay of Jay's Art Gallery and Frame Shop takes us on an exclusive tour of his frame shop in downtown Bennington. Hand-crafted and made with great consideration to the artwork, this frame shop is business that keeps ticking!
Episode 1: Bennington Potters
One of the most iconic brands to come out of Bennington, Bennington Potters has been featured in the Obama White House and is a brand known around the world. We join owner/operator Sheela as she gives us a tour of her facility.
Episode 9: Season 1 Finale & Bloopers
After a great first season of Bennington Made, producers Matt Harrington (Bennington Chamber) and Mike Cutler (CAT-TV) discuss the inside workings of the show and review a fun blooper reel.
Episode 6: Porta Brace
Their iconic bags are known around the world by reporters and media companies. Porta Brace gives us a tour of their hand-crafted, sturdy bag production facility right here in Bennington.
Episode 3: Bennington Lanes
This bowling/indoor golf experience is family-owned and always inventing. We join Brooke as she leads us through her family's 40-year old facility to show us how Bennington Lanes actually works.
Episode 8: R. John Wright Dolls
R. John Wright Dolls have made it all the way to Hollywood and back! We tour their facility on Route 9 in Bennington to discover just how they make every piece of their hand-crafted dolls.
Episode 5: Spirits of Old Bennington
Spirits of Old Bennington is a start-up distillery with a passion. Made in a converted Paper Mill, this small team of distilleries are making great spirits like Covered Bridge Rum!
Episode 2: Bennington Museum 3D Art
A unique twist on 'hand-crafted' and 'locally made' we join the Bennington Museum as we celebrate 3-Demensional art and product being made right here in Bennington, Vermont.