Lapierre Announces Grand Opening


Lapierre USA is proud to announce the opening of a new store and distribution facility in northeastern Vermont. The 16,000-square-foot facility is located just minutes from I-91 at 303 Willoughby Ave. in Orleans, Vt. A well-known location to local sugar makers, it is the former location of Desmarais Equipment.

Donald Lapierre, owner of Lapierre USA, says, "We need to expand to serve the growing needs of our customers. We had the option to expand our Swanton, Vt., facility but opted for a second location. We feel that this will provide a better service to our existing and future clients. Less traveling means that they can spend more time in the sugar bush, where it counts."

Karen Stanley will be managing this store. Stanley is well-known to sugar makers and has been working with them at the Swanton location for more than five years. With her experience and knowledge of Lapierre's products and systems, she is the ideal candidate for this new position.

Bucky Shelton, who joined Lapierre in September, will be based out of this location as well. Shelton is well-known to sugar makers all across the country. A sugar maker himself for more than 34 years, he was a pioneer in introducing the cross-flow evaporator to the U.S. market. He started selling the Waterloo brand in 1980 and in 1987 opened the Waterloo USA store. As a technical advisor, Shelton will be available to assist current distributors and customers alike with all of their needs.

The new location will have the complete support of the Lapierre service team. Join them for the grand opening November 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 802-868-2328 or visit for more information.