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New Hampshire’s Location Makes it a Logical Place for Logistics

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Business Development Manager Michael Bergeron takes a look at an emerging trend in southern New Hampshire. – Ed.

Bergeron

Michael Bergeron

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.

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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.

Robotics

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.

Michael Bergeron
Business Development Manager
Division of Economic Development

 

5 Questions with Mark Brewer, MHT Airport Director

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Transportation and logistics are often at the forefront of business location and expansion decisions – particularly for businesses that need to efficiently move people and products around the country or around the world. Having a first-class airport just a short drive away certainly makes a strong case for choosing the Granite State.

New Hampshire’s biggest airport facility, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT), certainly fits that bill. For this week’s interview, we went behind the scenes with Mark Paul Brewer, A.A.E., Airport Director for MHT. In addition to over 30 years of airport management experience, Brewer has served as chairman and held multiple positions within the American Association of Airport Executives. He’s also served on the Transportation Security Administration’s Security Technology Deployment Office and was an industry representative on the TSA’s Airside Security Task Force.

Mark Brewer

Mark Brewer

1. MHT was recently named the “Most Reliable Station” out of 93 cities served by Southwest Airlines, a company with an already stellar customer service reputation. What’s the secret of MHT’s success, for Southwest or any of the other passenger airlines?

There are several important factors that contributed to this impressive achievement.

First, and most importantly, Southwest has terrific local leadership in New Hampshire. Station Manager Tom Labrie and his staff do a great job with on-time performance and work hard to minimize customer inconvenience due to mishandled checked baggage.

Second, our highly-skilled airport operations/maintenance personnel maintain the airport and airfield so the airlines can operate safely and efficiently.

Finally, the airport works closely in partnership with all the airport tenants to ensure that our customers have a positive experience when traveling through MHT.

 2. How has MHT evolved to better serve business travelers over the last year or two?

Frequent-flying business travelers are very important to MHT. For that reason, the airport has focused a lot of energy during the past few years trying to improve services and make air travel through MHT even more convenient.

The airport continues to work with its airlines, both current and prospective, to enhance air service by adding new nonstop destinations, increasing frequency to popular destinations, and upgrading aircraft. Recently, Delta Air Lines converted its 50-seat regional jets serving Detroit to larger regional jets (76 seats) with a first-class cabin. Delta also added a fourth daily jet to New York-LaGuardia for the summer schedule.

American Airlines has increased its investment at MHT, extending the deployment of its second daily Charlotte nonstop flight in 2015.

United has added a fourth daily roundtrip to Newark and upgraded its turboprop service to regional jets.

The TSA implemented its pre-check program at MHT, which allows eligible travelers expedited screening and the ability to keep footwear on and laptops in bags.

The airport is launching a new initiative called FastPass. This customer-focused program is designed to make parking at the airport even easier, and add value to the parking experience. Participants will receive a special proximity card that allows easy in/easy out of the garage and surface parking lots. Parking charges will go directly onto a debit or credit card on file and receipts will be emailed to the customer. FastPass also allows parkers to earn points for each visit that can be redeemed for future parking at the airport.

3. One of MHT’s missions is to develop, promote, and manage the airport to stimulate economic growth. What role would you say MHT plays in attracting out-of-state businesses to expand or relocate to New Hampshire?

Airports are important economic engines for the regions they serve, creating jobs, facilitating commerce and providing access to the global marketplace. MHT contributes approximately $1 billion each year to the New Hampshire economy.

One of the first questions many prospective companies ask when exploring opportunities to relocate or expand their business in New Hampshire is about the airport. They want to make sure they can conveniently move their employees and products around the country and the world. We work closely with the Department of Resources and Economic Development and various local and regional economic development organizations to help companies better understand the benefits of investing and growing their business in New Hampshire.

4. Passenger service gets a lot of attention, but your cargo operation is thriving, too. How will Londonderry’s expanded FedEx facility and new UPS facility affect your operations?
Air cargo is a critical component of any regional transportation system, and a good indicator of the overall strength of the local economy. MHT is the third largest cargo airport in New England, processing more cargo in 2014 (160 million pounds) than Providence, RI; Portland, Maine; Portsmouth; Bangor, Maine; and Burlington, Vt. combined.

Both FedEx and UPS already have a significant presence on the cargo ramp at MHT. The completion of the FedEx Ground Distribution Facility and the UPS-Pratt Whitney Northeast Logistics Center just south of the airport in Londonderry will certainly add to the cargo handling capabilities in New Hampshire. The airport is excited to be a part of the ongoing development along Pettengill Road.

5. What other exciting developments or milestones are on the horizon for MHT?

One of the most frequently asked questions the airport receives is, “When’s jetBlue coming to New Hampshire?” I assure you, the airport is working closely with jetBlue and other airlines to highlight all opportunities for profitable new service additions at MHT.

The airport will begin construction of a consolidated rental car facility in June. This new facility will be located in Parking Lot A and will be incorporated into the airport’s parking garage. Combining the operations of Hertz, Avis, Dollar, National/Alamo, Enterprise, and Thrifty in one convenient location creates efficiencies for the rental car companies and greatly enhances customer service for our passengers. The new rental car facility is scheduled to open in February 2016.

Airport Video is the Ticket to Possibility in New Hampshire

Friday, September 13th, 2013

The next time you’re at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, check out a video there in the lobby, which represents a nice collaboration of organizations who are high on New Hampshire for all that it offers in terms of business, lifestyle and possibility.

Earlier this week, our friends at the New Hampshire High Tech Council unveiled the exhibit at the airport, which features clips from Stay Work Play New Hampshire and the University of New Hampshire. The video runs in a loop, greeting travelers on their way out of the terminal.

NH at MHT

NH at MHT

It’s the first snapshot of the Granite State, a video landscape of our economy, tech sector, commitment to research and quality of life.

The tech council’s board of directors, understanding that the airport is a prime opportunity to grab the attention of visitors to the state, worked on the collaboration to make the video possible.

“We knew that a unique format like a video with key messaging about our state would catch people’s attention and demonstrate the value proposition the state offers to launch, relocate and grow a business,” said Matt Cookson, executive director of the council. “The airport staff was extremely supportive of this effort to create a welcoming message to the millions of people that fly in and out on Manchester every year.”

Jeffrey Rose, commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development, was quick to sign on.

“With our focus on recruiting new businesses to the state and ensuring that their workforce needs are met we are open to finding innovative ways to reach new audiences,” he said.  “We consider ourselves champions of the economic opportunities within New Hampshire and this video is a creative way to highlight some of the state’s advantages.”

For its contribution to the video, Stay Work Play NH answers the question What makes New Hampshire a great place to live and work?

(The answer, of course, is our quality of life statistics — as one of the lowest poverty rates in the nation and number one rankings in child and family well-being and the most livable state.)

UNH highlights its support of the high tech sector in the state through research and programs such as the Emerging Technology Center, the Flow Physics Facility and the Technology Transfer Center.

The display is located on the first floor of the airport to the right of the main entrance. The effort was underwritten by Dyn, Fairpoint Communications, Image 4 Productions and Nanocomp Technologies.

 

Lorna Colquhoun

Communications Director

Division of Economic Development

 

 

Foss Takes Top Honors for 2011 NH High Tech Council Product of the Year

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Bacteria beware – a new innovation from a New Hampshire company offers nearly a 100% solution for blocking bacteria from the body!  Foss Manufacturing’s new surgical mask won top honors as the New Hampshire High Technology Council’s 2011 Product of the Year (POY).

The Foss Manufacturing team was honored for their accomplishments at last evening's NH High Tech Council 2011 Product of the Year event. Photo by Matt Lomanno.

Foss, a Hampton-based company that produces engineered, non-woven fabrics and specialty syntheticfibers won the 2011 POY award for the SpectraShield 9500 N95 Surgical Respirator Mask. The mask, which features Foss’ revolutionary Fosshield embedded antimicrobial technology, eliminates 99.99% of bacteria on the treated surface within one hour and certain strains of harmful bacteria on contact before they can enter the body.

At the 6th annual event held on November 14th, a large audience that included Governor John Lynch was on hand as the NHHTC honored the top five companies competing for the POY award with Judges Awards.  Those five finalists were selected by the judges from a larger pool of candidates in October.  The five displayed their products during a reception before the evening event, and then made seven-minute pitches as part of their effort to encourage the audience to vote for their product.  The popular vote and previous judging by a panel of business and technology experts were equally weighed, and Foss Manufacturing took top honors for 2011.

Bill Hurst, VP of Business Development at Foss, said he was excited to present the SpectraShield at the POY banquet because, “it provides a unique opportunity to highlight this key breakthrough technology that has a distinct benefit for society.”  Speaking about the SpectraShield Mask and Fosshield technology, Hurst said Foss’ focus is, “to not only provide but extend this technology for everyday use for us, our family members, in our clothing, when we travel – there is such a broad range of applications.”

The four other2011 finalists and Judge’s Award winners were iGlobe, Franklin; Integra, Hudson; Russound, Newmarket; and Scribe, Manchester.

The winner earned the prestigious NHHTC Product of the Year crystal trophy, which was designed by Pepi Hermann. The Foss Manufacturing name will be added to the trophy, and the trophy and an exhibit of the winning product will be on display and the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport for one year.

Companies that have won the Product of the Year award over the past five years were Nanocomp Technologies, UltraVision, Insight Tech Gear, Holase, Incorporated, and Sky-Skan.  Major event sponsors include Dyn,Inc, FairPoint, Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson PLLC, Hanover Insurance Group, Sadler Insurance Agency, New England Investment and Retirement, and BAE Systems.  For more information go to www.nhhtc.org.

Five Companies To Vie for 2011 Product of the Year Honors

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

The 2011 Product of the Year (POY) judges selected five companies as finalists for top honors for their technology-related products or services.  These five companies will received the POY Judges Award at the POY event and will make their final pitch for top honors in front of a large audience on November 14th at the NH High Technology Council (NHHTC) 6th annual 2011 Product of the Year event and banquet.  

Judge’s Award Winners and finalists for 2011 are Foss Manufacturing, iGlobe, Integra, Russound, and Scribe Software.  At this unique event, each of the finalists will have their product and service on display during the reception, and will make a seven-minute live pitch to the audience.  After the pitches, the winner will be selected based on both the audience and the judge’s evaluation.  The POY event will be held at the Radisson Hotel-Center of NH in Manchester and registration is now open. 

What follows is a brief description of each product:

Foss Manufacturing, Hampton, NH

Product: The SpectraShield™ 9500 N95 Surgical Respirator Mask with Foss Manufacturing’s Fosshield embedded antimicrobial technology is the first antibacterial respirator mask to receive FDA 510K and NIOSH clearance.  The SpectraShield™ Respirator eliminates 99.99% of bacteria on the treated surface within one hour against certain strains of harmful bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Streptococcus on contact before they can enter the body.  This revolutionary next generation respirator meets CDC and WHO guidelines for infectious disease exposure control, is ideal for pandemic preparedness and gives healthcare workers the best available long-duration protection against infectious diseases, especially Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs).

iGlobe, Franklin, NH

Product: iGlobe PersonalPlanet is an educational 3D spherical display technoilogy that engages viewers with lifelike simulations of Earth and other celestrial bodies.  PersonalPlanet’s cutting edge 3D graphics and innovative user interface provide exceedingly high resolution, vibrant colors and unmatched affordability in a desktop or wall mounted display.  The PersonalPlanet’s wireless iPad controller provides a cutting edge user experience. The user may choose from a large library of scientific datasets and full feature spherical films produced byNASA and NOAA. PersonalPlanet also allows the user to view Erath as seen from space in real time with 12 weather layers to choose from. 

INTEGRA North America, Hudson, NH

Product: INTEGRA’s VIAFLO 96 introduces a completely new concept in 96 channel pipetting for Life Science Research. The intuitive user interface and the servo motor assisted handling, make the VIAFLO 96 as easy and effortless to use as any single channel pipette. Four different pipetting heads are available which can be interchanged in a matter of only seconds allowing the scientist to perform a wide set of applications with volumes ranging between 0.5 and 1250l. For the first time the combination of these features make 96 well pipetting accessible and affordable to any laboratory. 

Russound, Newmarket NH

Product: Russound’s DMS-3.1 digital media streamer provides network-based digital music to a Russound C-Series multiroom audio system. With 3 streaming players in one chassis, multiple users can simultaneously enjoy their favorite music. Unique in its class, the DMS-3.1 is an Apple certified AirPlay accessory. It will play audio received via AirPlay from iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad(s) along with computers using iTunes software. It will also stream digital audio directly from connected USB drives, network connected computers, and DLNA / UPnP compliant drives. When connected to the internet, the DMS-3.1 streams internet radio and content from various popular online music services.

Scribe Software, Manchester, NH

Product:  Scribe is #1 in CRM integration and our newest platform, Scribe Online, helps companies make sense of customer data in the cloud.  By bringing together email, social media such as Twitter and Facebook, back office and front office data, Scribe gives companies the information they need to improve customer service, grow sales, innovate new products and make better business decisions.  Secure, reliable and built using the latest technology along with our deep integration experience, Scribe Online connects customer data quickly and easily in the cloud.  With over 12,000 customers and 900 partners Scribe has proven leadership in data integration.

“We’re seeing some great innovations in New Hampshire, and the Product of the Year event process provides some great visibility to all of our participants.  We’re looking forward to a terrific event on November 14th and greatly appreciate the time commitment made by our esteemed judges: Jeff Pollock, Jeffrey Sercel, Jim St. Jean, Dave Todaro, and Steve Varga, top New Hampshire technologists, entrepreneurs andinvestors,” said Art Bruinooge, member of the NHHTC Board of Directors and POY event chair. 

The event is one of very few that requires audience engagement and participation, as the entire audience casts their vote for their top product after the presentations are made.  The audience vote counts towards 50% of the final tabulation and the initial judge’s vote counts for the remaining 50%. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the event and will earn the prestigious NHHTC Product of the Year crystal trophy, which was designed for the Council by Pepi Hermann. The trophy and the finalist’s winning product will be on display in a highly visible location at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

Companies that have won the Product of the Year award over the pastfour years were Nanocomp Technologies, UltraVision, Insight Tech Gear, Holase, Incorporated, and Sky-Skan.  Major event sponsors include Dyn,Inc, Fairpoint, Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson PLLC, Hanover Insurance Group, Sadler Insurance Agency, PSNH, and New England Investment and Retirement.  Additional sponsorships are available.  For more information and to register, go to www.nhhtc.org.

Tender Corp. and Division of Economic Development Partner on Online Photo Contest

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Tender Corp., a leading developer of skincare and first aid products designed for active lifestyles, today announced the official launch of the second annual ‘Ditch the DEET’ online photo contest.

natrapelFollowing the success of the inaugural 2010 contest, which drew broad participation from outdoor enthusiasts across the country, Tender has assembled an even more ambitious and generous program for 2011, which includes the chance to win the top prize of a free vacation in New Hampshire’s White Mountains Region.

To enter the ‘Ditch the DEET’ contest*, consumers need to upload a photo that captures their favorite bug-free moment in the outdoors to http://www.ditchthedeet.com. On the same site, people will be encouraged to vote on which photos they like the most. The winners will be decided by the photos that receive the most positive votes.

“Our original goals for the contest were and remain two-fold — to motivate people to get active in the outdoors this spring and summer and to raise awareness on the benefits of using an effective DEET-free insect repellent, like Natrapel 8 hour,” said Tender Brand Manager Dave Anderson.

He continued, “The consumer reception to the 2010 ‘Ditch the DEET’ contest was overwhelming and we anticipate an even greater response this year, given the stature of the new partners and additional prizes we’ve added.”

The grand prize for the contest will award free lodging for five nights for four in New Hampshire’s picturesque White Mountains region, one of the country’s premiere vacation spots, which Tender is offering through its special partnership with the White Mountains Attractions Association. There are also 50 secondary prizes (double the number from last year) up for grabs, including essential outdoor gear items from partners Eastern Mountain Sports® and Tender’s sister company Adventure® Medical Kits, as well as free passes to various White Mountains-area attractions.

For the 2011 edition of the contest, Tender has enlisted two new major partners — the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development and the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport –- to help promote the contest through their network channels.

“The New Hampshire Division of Economic Development is extremely excited to be part of the ‘Ditch the DEET’ contest,” said New Hampshire Division of Economic Development Interim Director Roy Duddy. “We fully support the initiative’s goal of encouraging families to get active in the outdoors and recognize how important it is to support great local businesses like Tender Corp. that are innovating and growing in the Granite State.”

Containing 20% of the CDC-recommended active ingredient Picaridin, Natrapel® 8 hour offers outdoor enthusiasts eight hours of protection from mosquitoes, black flies, ticks and other biting and stinging insects. While it provides protection that’s every bit as effective as DEET, unlike DEET, Natrapel® 8 hour’s formula is gear safe, non-greasy and mildly scented, making it a much desired alternative to insect repellents currently available. Natrapel® 8 hour is currently sold through Eastern Mountain Sports®, Rite Aid, and The Sports Authority®, among other leading outdoor, sporting goods and drug retailers.

Tender Corp. will announce the winners to the ‘Ditch the DEET’ contest when the promotion concludes on August 24th. Full contest details can be obtained from http://www.ditchthedeet.com.

*Contest is available to U.S. residents only.

Semi-Finalists for NHHTC’s “Product of the Year” Award Announced

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

A panel of judges on behalf of the NH High Technology Council (NHHTC) selected eight semi-finalist companies vying for the opportunity to win the 2010 Product of the Year award. 

high-technologyThe semi-finalist companies are as follows:  Warner Power, Hypertherm, Ektron, JitterJam, GSSI, Skyscan, Travel Brains My Tour Guide, and VGO.

Company representatives will make formal presentations and the judges will select up to five finalists. All finalists will be awarded the Product of the Year Judges’ Award. These Finalist Judges’ Award Winners will pitch their products at the Product of the Year banquet held on November 15th at the Radisson Hotel-Center of NH in Manchester.

 “We had a very strong pool of applicants this year and the judges will be challenged to narrow it down further.  The quality of products coming out of New Hampshire companies right now is very high and we should be excited about the product development capabilities of our technology sector,” said Art Bruinooge, member of the NHHTC Board of Directors and POY event chair.

The event requires audience engagement and participation, as the entire audience casts their vote for their top product after the presentations are made.  The audience vote counts towards 50% of the final tabulation and the initial judge’s vote counts for the remaining 50%. The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the banquet and will earn the prestigious NHHTC Product of the Year crystal trophy, which was designed for the Council by Pepi Hermann. The trophy and the finalist’s winning product will be on display in a highly visible location at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

Companies that have won the Product of the Year award over the past four years were Nanocomp Technologies, UltraVision, Insight Tech Gear, and Holase, Incorporated.  Several prominent organizations are sponsoring this year’s POY event.  They include DYN, FairPoint, Cook, Little, Rosenblatt, Manson PLLC, Sadler Insurance Agency, One Beacon Technology Insurance, GT Solar, Public Service of New Hampshire, Dell and JBC Communications.  Additional sponsorships are available.  For more information and to register, go to www.nhhtc.org.

Winners will be announced next week.

An Open Letter to Jet Blue

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Good Afternoon Jet Blue,
Greetings from the Granite State, named the “Most Livable State in the Nation” for five out of the past six years and the “Healthiest State in the Nation” as well.

bienvenueAs you are no doubt aware, our friends at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport as well as citizens from throughout our great state have been flooding your Web site’s  “Tell Us Where to Jet” online form. Our little grassroots effort is starting to gain steam and we’re no doubt eliciting attention from your excellent airline.

You see, grassroots efforts like this happen every day in New Hampshire – that’s just the type of people we are. Community means a lot here and we truly take care of each other. We share the good times and we work through the rough patches. And you will never find a state with a more welcoming and warm business atmosphere. We are a small, low tax state with a big story to tell.

Unparalleled quality of life? Check. Responsive form of government? Check.  Great school system? Check. A world class airport that has become a tremendous economic engine and prime business recruitment tool? Check.

We truly hope that as you grow your airline, you will consider Manchester-Boston Regional Airport as a perfect site for new airline service. New Hampshire is “the” destination for your business and a willing partner, the likes of which you won’t find elsewhere. In short, you’ll love it here and we’ll greet you with open arms.

Signed,
The No Bull Business Blog

For anyone who hasn’t had the opportunity to join the grassroots online campaign, please visit http://www.jetblue.com/email/citysuggest.asp?intcmp=where_we_fly1 where you will find the following questions:
1. Where should JetBlue jet to next?
2. What city/state should JetBlue serve this city from?

The answers are:
1. Manchester-Boston Regional Airport
2. New York and Florida

Don’t wait….do this now!!