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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.

New Hampshire Business Matters: Catch Up with Foreign Trade Zone #81 and How It Can Benefit Your Business

March 25th, 2019

Ken Cail, left, WTPL-FM; Lorna Colquhoun, Business and Economic Affairs; Geno Marconi, Division of Ports and Harbors

We take to the radio waves every month to talk about topics important to business and commerce here in the Granite State.

New Hampshire Business Matters can be heard at 2 p.m., every third Wednesday of the month on WTPL FM107.7

This month, Geno Marconi, director of the Division of Ports and Harbors, talked about the state’s expanded foreign trade zone, which now includes all, or parts of, nine of our 10 counties.

By using the FTZ, businesses can save money on the cost of their imports, increasing their competitiveness and creating new jobs.

Does your business qualify? Tune in and find out.







Fostering Cross Border Partnerships with Visit by ACET Banque Nationale to New Hampshire

March 15th, 2019

New Hampshire: Proximity, Partnerships, Possibilities

During a brief, but informative, visit to New Hampshire this week, more than 30 Canadian entrepreneurs representing 20 companies that are part of a business accelerator program in Sherbrooke, Que., learned about research, partnerships and the business advantages to considering expansion into the US.

New Hampshire: Proximity, Partnerships, Possibilities was the theme of the Concord event, as Business and Economic Affairs Commissioner Taylor Caswell moderated panel discussions focusing on academic partnerships for research and collaboration, as well as workforce, business climate, access to capital and the experiences of two Quebec-based businesses that expanded to New Hampshire.

The businesses are part of ACET Banque Nationale at the University of Sherbrooke, a business accelerator, which, since 2011, has seen 300 jobs created by 85 companies. Their stop in Concord was part of a two day swing through Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine to meet with economic development officials and business leaders to foster cross-border relationships.

Sherbrook is located about three hours from Concord.

The event was sponsored by BEA, in partnership with Bernstein Shur. Participating panelists included Plymouth State University President Donald Birx; Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship at Dartmouth Director Jamie Coughlin; Varitron Vice President Jon Saunders; Integrim CFO Marc Voyer; Bernstein Shur Attorney Ovide Lamontagne and Community College System of New Hampshire Chancellor Ross Gittell.