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New Hampshire Tops CNBC Rankings for Business Friendliness; Top 10 State for Workforce, Quality of Life

July 11th, 2019
Monadnock State Park.

For the fourth year in a row, New Hampshire retained the top spot for its business friendliness, according to CNBC’s latest Top States rankings, and landed in the top 10 for its workforce and quality of life.

CNBC has compiled rankings of all 50 states for the past 12 years. This year, New Hampshire ranked 25th overall, the second highest in New England, and showed gains in several categories. The state rose to No. 8 for its workforce, an 11-place jump from no. 19 in 2018.

“Workers in the Granite State are well educated,” according to CNBC. “The percentage of adults with bachelors’ degrees or higher is the 10th best of any state. And those educated adults are staying put. New Hampshire is also in the top 10 for the percentage of workers in STEM jobs.”

The state retained no. 5 for the second year in a row as the best state to live in, based on data that includes crime rates, environmental quality and inclusiveness.

“New Hampshire has a modern economy with significant growth in advanced and emerging industries that is supported by a defined and highly aligned pipeline of talent,” said Commissioner Taylor Caswell of the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs. “We also offer unbeatable outdoor lifestyle assets, and with no income or sales tax, people are learning that if they move here, they get to keep more of their paycheck.”

“With its famous motto, “Live Free or Die,” it stands to reason that the Granite State is among America’s most inclusive,” according to CNBC. “Freedom also includes security. New Hampshire enjoys the third lowest violent crime rate in the nation. The state also boasts the nation’s lowest child poverty rate.”

For more information about living in New Hampshire, visit ChooseNH.com; if you are thinking of moving or expanding your business here, visit nheconomy.com.

Mechanical Trades School Opens Second Location in Hampton

July 1st, 2019
The ribbon cutting for the New Hampshire School of Mechanical Trades marks
the second location for the school, to meet the demand for skilled tradesmen.

With construction completed on its second training facility, the New Hampshire School of Mechanical Trades in Hampton celebrated last week with a ribbon cutting attended by over 60 people.

The opening of the state-of-the-art, $1.6 million building will meet a critical need in the state because of the demand for mechanical tradesmen. After seeing enrollment nearly double in a few short years at the school’s Manchester location, founders Dean Millard and John Huff saw a need to meet the demand from Seacoast businesses sending their employees across the state for training there.

“We need your skills, we need your talent,” said Gov. Chris Sununu. “What you’re creating here is the workforce of the future – not for next year, but for 10 – 20 – 50 years down the road. We need to be investing in the infrastructure to keep our economy strong, to keep the services out there and to keep the jobs and careers out there available for the coming decades.”

The New Hampshire School of Mechanical Trades offers programs in the areas of oil and gas; heating; plumbing; electric, and HVAC and features working labs that offer students hands-on experience. It works with students to make the training affordable and works with companies to place graduates in the trades profession.

For more information about the school and its programs, visit www.NHTradeSchool.com, or call 603-622-6544.

NH Business Matters: How Agriculture Contributes to the State’s Economy

June 20th, 2019

Every five years, the US Department of Agriculture conducts a national census, providing for states, including New Hampshire, a snapshot of agriculture in the state, trends on the rise, the health of farms and farming activities.

The most recent census covers from 2012 to 2017 and the final report was issued in April.

Tune in here for this month’s edition of New Hampshire Business Matters.

This month’s guest on New Hampshire Business Matters is Gail McWilliam Jellie, of the state’s Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, talking about some of the findings in this year’s census report.


New Hampshire Business Matters
airs monthly on WTPL-FM 107.7

Some highlights:

  • Average farm size is slightly smaller than 2021
  • Farm-related income is up 29 percent
  • The number of women operating farms has increased about 20 percent from 2012.

Tune in for an interesting discussion about the state of agriculture and how it contributes to the New Hampshire economy.

Visit NH: Officials Expect more than 3.6 Million Visitors to Spend over $1.9 Billion this Summer

June 18th, 2019

With momentum building following successful fall and winter travel seasons, the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs expects significant growth for the summer 2019 travel season, projecting more than 3.6 million overnight visitors will spend about  $1.9 billion – a 2.7 percent increase in visitation and spending over last year.

BEA Commissioner Taylor Caswell, joined by representatives from BEA’s Division of Travel & Tourism Development and a local tourism partners, kicked off the summer travel season today in Littleton, unveiling its summer travel forecast and marketing campaign.

“As our state’s second-largest revenue generator, tourism is absolutely vital to our economy here in New Hampshire,” said Caswell. “Summer is our busiest travel season, representing more than 40 percent of our total annual visitation, and this year we’re anticipating substantial growth. We pride ourselves on our variety within proximity, which is never more evident than in summer, when visitors can experience an incredible range of experiences in one trip – or even just one day.”

The state’s summer marketing campaign continues to build on the Live Free brand, while positioning New Hampshire as the northeast’s premier travel destination.

Plan your Live Free vacation at www.visitnh.gov

BEA will focus its summer campaign on the New England market, including Hartford, Conn., Portland, Maine, and Providence, R.I., along with the major metropolitan markets of Boston, New York, Montréal and Toronto.

In addition to New Hampshire’s strategic marketing and advertising initiatives, lower gas prices and high consumer confidence as strong indicators supporting a successful summer season.

Medical Device Manufacturer Locates in Hudson, NH

June 10th, 2019
Granite Forge LLC at its new location in Hudson.

Granite Forge LLC, a contract manufacturer of medical devices, is opening its first operation in Hudson, where it plans to hire 25 employees.

Michael Bergeron, business development manager with the Department of Business and Economic Affairs, assisted in Granite Forge in choosing New Hampshire as its location.

Granite Forge, which forges and machines implants for total joint replacement (hips, knees, shoulders), trauma surgery, and extremities such as wrists and ankles, will be a supplier to major orthopedic implant companies in domestic and international markets.

“We have invested significantly in the latest technology in order to provide the highest quality products and service to our customers,” said Chief Commercial Officer Pat O’Neill.

Location was a factor.

“We decided to locate in New Hampshire, near the Massachusetts border, because of the available talent in both states, the proximity to critical suppliers and contractors, and the financial freedom that low tax New Hampshire offers,” said Mel Speidel, chief operating officer and general manager for the Hudson facility.

The new facility is, said President/CEO Greg Davis, a state of the art, 24,000-square-foot plant equipped with the latest machining, finishing and inspection equipment.

“We are looking for experienced CNC machinists, metal finishers, quality inspectors, and press operators,” Davis said. “We are also hoping to partner with local educators to help train and develop the next generation.”

Gary Stavrum, a partner and investor in Granite Forge, sees growing global demand for high quality forged orthopedic implants, and recognizes a need for additional contract manufacturers to support the growth of this market.


New Hampshire Showcases Growing Bio-Tech at BIO 2019

June 5th, 2019
The New Hampshire team at BIO International, from left: Jennifer Briggs Braswell, ARMI|BioFabUSA; Michael Bergeron, BEA; Cindy Conde, NH Tech Alliance; Jared Matthews, ARMI|BioFabUSA; Colleen Cowette, ARMI|BioFabUSA ; Cynthia Harrington, BEA

One of the largest trade shows for the biotech industry is happening this week in Philadelphia, where more than 16,000 people from around the world are expected to attend BIO 2019, the BIO International Convention.

Our team from Business and Economic Affairs is there, joined by partners from the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute|BioFabUSA, and the New Hampshire Tech Alliance.

They are telling New Hampshire’s story and how it fits into the global biotech ecosystem, such as our 300+ companies here involved in life sciences and medical device manufacturing; our proximity to Boston; our business-friendly climate, and outstanding quality of life.

Who is coming by the booth? A representative of a Canadian company seeking to expand his business in the US; a French businessman wanting to know more information about visiting the state, and many, in part of the ebb and flow of trade show traffic, who stop by to reminisce about weekends, summers, holidays and vacations spent in the Granite State.

Visit us at Booth 328.

NH Works Partners Gather for Daylong Conference

June 5th, 2019

Last week’s NH Works partner conference, sponsored by the State Workforce Innovation Board, drew over 150 professionals from across the state for a daylong event at Manchester Community College featuring the theme Partnering for Recovery.

Workshops examined recovery resources; information on the Recovery Friendly Workplace initiative; whole family delivery service, and overviews of new programs, including Granite Workforce and the Mature Worker program.

The event brought together the agencies that work together to ensure the strength and vitality of New Hampshire’s workforce.

For more information about these programs, including NH Works for Recovery, contact NH Works.



Throughout April, Business was on the Agenda in New Hampshire

May 2nd, 2019

Madeira USA Celebrates Expansion in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region

April 18th, 2019

An international company with its US headquarters located in New Hampshire celebrated its new 7,600-square-foot manufacturing facility yesterday (4/17).

Madeira USA celebrates its expansion in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region.

German-based Madeira, an embroidery thread manufacturing company marking its 100th anniversary this year, is bringing winding operations to Laconia, the headquarters of Medeira USA for 35 years.

“As we have grown over the past three and a half decades, so have the industry and our customers,” said Shirley Clark, president of Madeira USA. “The need to deliver thread quickly and expediently is necessary to help the large contract embroidery companies maintain their constant workflow. Our ability to provide them with our hottest commodity – black and white 100 percent polyester embroidery thread – will keep production purring and improve our ability to support our high volume customers.”

Will Arvelo, director of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, which worked with the company on its expansion plans, said New Hampshire is a strategic location for Madeira USA to be responsive to its key domestic and global markets. He added that the company is “literally, and figuratively, a strong thread in the fabric of the Lakes Region business community.”

The new facility, according to manufacturing operations manager Roy Wirth, houses a 20-head winding machine, a shrink wrapper and laser writer.

“I suspect that our ability to turn out thousands of black and white, 5,500-yard thread cones will have a very positive affect on those customers who have come to expect quick and quality service from Madeira USA,” he said.

Export Training Event Covers Compliance Controls

April 5th, 2019

Program drawing 100 from all over to Portsmouth later this month

It sold out in 2017 and it’s on its way to selling out this week – the Bureau of Industry and Security’s U.S. Export Controls Training Seminars coming to Portsmouth April 23-24 for the only Northeast training this spring.

When it was last held two years ago, people from as far away as Washington attended. This year, the two-day event covers Complying with U.S. Export Controls.

New Hampshire has had two record-setting years for exports, as Granite State businesses look overseas to new markets. Glenn Welch, president of Welch Manufacturing Technologies in Laconia, took part in the 2017 training, which, he said, helped him in continuing to find new international customers for his product, Biteharder.

Glenn Welch, Welch Technologies, Laconia

“This seminar provided me with a wealth of knowledge regarding the importance of complying with U.S. export controls including licensing requirements, regulatory requirements, and all other export administration regulations,” he said. “The presenters were dynamic, entertaining and brought a high level of energy to this hands on learning experience. The information I was exposed to, and the contacts I made, have become invaluable with regards to our companies export compliance program.”

If you make a product here in New Hampshire that you sell to customers around the country, it is more than likely there is untapped potential in markets overseas. Exporting is a great way to diversify (and increase!) your bottom line and, as Welch notes, worth learning all you can about the process.

For more information about the training services and programs the Office of International Commerce offers throughout the year, visit this link.