A series of energy efficiency initiatives now underway at Cannon Mountain is expected to reduce energy consumption at the ski area by about 30 percent, while significantly increasing snowmaking capabilities.
The State of New Hampshire signed a $5.1 million contract with the energy service firm Ameresco for the project.
“This is part of the state’s effort to reduce its energy consumption 50 percent by 2030,” said Commissioner Jeffrey Rose of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, which oversees operation of Cannon Mountain. “Even as this important project is anticipated to cut energy consumption, it will provide critical upgrades to important infrastructure at the ski area.”
Cannon Mountain ~ Franconia Notch
The conservation measures include replacement of Cannon’s main-trunk power line and upgrading the transformer; construction of a mid-mountain snowmaking booster pump house; installation of 388 high efficiency tower snowmaking guns, and lighting and weatherization upgrades.
The ski area’s aging primary power line will be replaced and select primary and secondary transformers will be upgraded, increasing power reliability and energy efficiency.
The pump house will move 50 percent more water to reach snowmaking trails on the upper mountain, increasing snowmaking capabilities on the upper slopes. The snowmaking tower guns replace older, less efficient equipment, providing the greatest energy savings and operational efficiency on the mountain.
The project is funded through the state’s energy performance contract. Savings from the reduction in energy will be used to pay off the bond within 16 years.
Cannon Mountain, located in Franconia Notch State Park, is owned and operated by the State of New Hampshire, Division of Parks and Recreation. The ski area has 95 trails and glades including the Mittersill slopes, plus 11 lifts. For more information call 603-823-8800, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; log onto www.cannonmt.com or visit its Facebook page.
Business Development Manager Michael Bergeron takes a look at an emerging trend in southern New Hampshire. – Ed.
When you think of New Hampshire, you may think of the First-in-the-Nation primary, or the time you went hiking in the White Mountains, or our bold state motto – Live Free or Die.
Logistics may not a first thought, but given the trends we’re seeing, it will be.
For those who have a warehouse requirement for the Boston metro market, finding high bay space between 500,000 and 1 million square feet is difficult. Like most New England states, New Hampshire doesn’t have a lot of inventory in this category, so there is significant investment in new construction to meet the increasing demand for it in southern New Hampshire.
Recent New Hampshire Projects
Logistic companies are focusing on southern New Hampshire because it’s close to the Manchester/Boston Regional Airport and only 45 minutes from downtown Boston by way of Interstates 93, 95, 495; US Route 3 and Massachusetts Route 128. New construction projects have developed about 2.5 million square feet of logistics space including: Milton Cat, FedEx, UPS/Pratt & Whitney, FW Webb, New Hampshire liquor warehouse, US Foods and Gourmet Gift Baskets.
Three companies with logistics facilities on Pettengill Road in Londonderry.
Who’s moving into this space? U.S. Foods, which relocated from Peabody, Mass, to Seabrook, where it invested $40 million in 500,000 square feet. Gourmet Gift Baskets plans to occupy 106,000 square feet in Exeter in early next year. In Londonderry, 800 acres next to the Manchester/ Boston Regional Airport now supports about 2.1 million square feet of logistics space along Pettengill Road. When FW Webb moves to Pettengill Road in 2018, it will occupy approximately 1 million square feet.
How High Can It Go?
As new facilities are built, the question of ceiling height, cube utilization, and local zoning become important factors. The trend in the logistics industry require at least 40 feet clear, although many companies are submitting designs for up to 50 feet. This likely requires a special exception from local zoning boards of adjustment for that height request. The path of least resistance for companies in need of this kind of space is to look at options that are shovel ready.
Companies are looking for ways to use robots to pick product at four or five levels from high bay racking, spiral down to pack stations, and convey to the shipping with little or no human help. Robotic operations can be easily modified, making it easier for managers to switch from one product to another reducing set up times.
About 10 years ago I worked with Ikea, at the time the company was looking for a home for its planned 500,000 square-foot warehouse and assembly operation with only 70 employees. Its raw materials would be stored in rail cars, rolled into the plant when the orders were received, robots would assemble the product and it would be shipped out by truck.
UPS/Pratt & Whitney in Londonderry employs only about 100 employees in 610,000 square feet, using the latest technology to assemble and ship.
Logistics Land Sites
So where are these additional sites in southern New Hampshire? There are 43 acres along Route 3 in Merrimack at the Audley gravel site; 39 acres east along Route 101 at Granite Meadows in Raymond, and 75 acres in Seabrook, along Interstate 95 at the former race track.
This week’s ribbon in Dover had all the flavor of a homecoming, which it was for Rand-Whitney. The company, which produces corrugated paperboard, opened in Dover in 1972. It has moved a couple of times since around 2002, but about two years ago, the company began looking for a home of its own. The Division of Economic Development worked with Rand Whitney to locate a property, ending up in Dover because of its business friendly environment.
The new 118,600 square-foot is state-of-the-art – substantially larger than its previous locations – and this means higher production volumes.
Rand-Whitney is owned by the Kraft Group, which also owns the New England Patriots. Joining Gov. Maggie Hassan and Dover Mayor Karen Weston for the event was company CEO Robert Kraft, who spoke with fondness about why he came to the city to cut the ribbon.
The first time I branched out and had an operation on my own was the decision in 1972 to come to the Dover Industrial Park. I always came up here with great pride and I felt a sense of commitment … New Hampshire, that ‘Live Free or Die,’ they live free and they do things a certain way and that’s the spirit of our family and our company. We try to be loyal and remember tradition. So when I was out on the West Coast, I said, ‘I want to come back and be part of this.’
Congratulations to Rand-Whitney and the City of Dover for reuniting. As Kraft said, “It’s here for eternity.”
New Hampshire’s manufacturers working together on the sector partnership initiative.
The first of four Sector Partnership Initiatives, which are business-led projects to create new pipelines of workers in key industries throughout New Hampshire, was launched Tuesday at Hitchiner Manufacturing in Milford. Led by chairman Val Zanchuck of Graphicast in Jaffrey, with over 25 manufacturers meeting to discuss their top priorities for education, training and recruitment of workers.
Gov. Maggie Hassan and Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeffrey Rose also spoke about the importance of the state’s manufacturers – who propel the New Hampshire economy – identifying their challenges and working together to develop a solution.
Following the Manufacturing Sector Partnership launch, the team will now target manufacturers that have immediate needs, including those producing optics and those who need access to non-destructive testing. A lab is under construction at the Great Bay Advanced Technology Academic Center in Rochester that will enable students to learn various non-destructive testing methods.
Laser optics and micro-electronics manufacturers in New Hampshire produce products for medical devices and defense applications, so there is an ongoing need to have training for employees, which enable these companies to keep up with demand.
The morning event, which drew a standing room only crowd, illustrated New Hampshire’s take charge attitude and its ability to work together to find creative solutions. Three other sector partnership launches – in IT, hospitality and health care – will roll out later this year.
The New Hampshire Division of Economic Development launched a new marketing program this week and I invite you to join us as we spread the word about our state and what it offers, particularly for decision makers around the country and the world.
As a New Hampshire Digital Ambassador, you will be among social media-savvy people passionate about the Granite State, sharing news on digital channels about why our state is a great place to live, work, raise and family and do business.
Here’s how it works:
We will send you interesting content via email an average of one to three times per month;
After viewing each email, you have the option to share ready-made content on your Twitter, Facebook and/or LinkedIn pages with a simple click of a ‘share now’ button;
Content will only be posted if you click the ‘share now’ button – it will never be posted without your approval.
Please click here to sign up. Being a New Hampshire Digital Ambassador won’t take much of your time, but it will have a significant impact on how the outside world views our state.
Fueled by favorable gas prices and weather forecasts, about 950,000 people are expected to visit New Hampshire over the Fourth of July weekend, spending about $145 million; last year, about 900,000 were in the state to celebrate Independence Day.
The July 4th holiday, which officially kicks off the summer season, is the busiest travel period in New Hampshire, with most coming from around New England and the mid-Atlantic states. Lodging facilities and campgrounds will likely see a sizable increase in occupancy rates over last year.
Outdoor recreation, visiting attractions, patriotic events and visiting friends and relatives are popular activities during the Fourth of July Holiday period.
VisitNH.gov, the website of our sister agency, the Division of Travel and Tourism Development, is a great resource for finding events and adventures in New Hampshire. Stay connected with New Hampshire tourism on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube and follow the #livefreenh to see what others are doing this summer in New Hampshire.
Scribe Software, a company founded in New Hampshire in 1995, was the backdrop this week for the ceremonial signing by Gov. Hassan of two bills reducing taxes for Granite State businesses.
Senate Bill 239, relative to application of the Internal Revenue Code to provisions of the business profits tax, and Senate Bill 342, relative to the sale or exchange of an interest in a business organization under the business profits tax go into effect for the 2017 tax year.
“By simplifying the tax filing process, reducing taxes for New Hampshire businesses, and making it easier for companies to attract capital investments and invest in new equipment, these bipartisan bills will build on those efforts, and I am proud to have signed them into law to reduce taxes for businesses in the Granite State, helping to reaffirm that New Hampshire is a great place for business and our status among the best business tax climates in the country,” Hassan said.
Senate Bill 239 simplifies the tax-filing process for New Hampshire businesses by adopting the most updated federal Internal Revenue Code for the application of the state business profits tax, as well as increases expensing deductions for purchases such as equipment from $25,000 to $100,000. Senate Bill 342 addresses the so-called phantom tax, a measure that the State began working on last year to support growing businesses by changing a unique provision of New Hampshire’s tax code, which will help encourage capital investment and give businesses more flexibility.
Gov. Hassan with Scribe Software team following the signing of two business tax reduction bills.
“Scribe is honored that the Governor’s office chose Scribe Software’s headquarters as a venue to promote new innovation and business growth in New Hampshire,” said Scribe Software CEO Shawn McGowan. “We appreciate these efforts to make New Hampshire an even better place for innovative businesses to start, grow and succeed.”
The annual Medical Design & Manufacturing East expo is over for another year and our business development team is back from New York City, pronouncing it a great success.
Over 13,000 people attended and for whatever reason, our booth was draw, not only for people to talk about the state’s business friendly climate and its growing life sciences industry, but for those who related memories of their visits to New Hampshire. We look forward to being in touch again with the many contacts we made there.
We were by no means the only New Hampshire presence at the trade show … check out the quick video for a look at some of the state’s premier companies in this fast growing industry.
New Hampshire front and center at the MD&M East trade show in New York City.
The annual Medical Design & Manufacturing East (MD&M East) expo opened a few minutes ago at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City and for the first of the expected 11,000 people expected to visit the trade show over the next two days, this banner greeted them.
New Hampshire. A Healthy Place to Grow Your Business.
Life sciences, including medical device manufacturing and a range of other capabilities, is one of our key industries.
Cindy Harrington Michael Bergeron
In 2015, there were 6,992 jobs in 272 establishments here in this state, in this sector; 15 percent above the national average. Between now and 2020, New Hampshire is projected to see about 8 percent growth, compared to 6.2 percent nationwide.
New Hampshire has a lot to offer companies in the business of life sciences, so our business development team – Cindy Harrington and Michael Bergeron – is at MD&M East to tell people about it and our business friendly climate.
If you are attending, drop by Booth 757 and visit with them.