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In New Hampshire, Manufacturing Matters Every Day

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Students from around the state visited their local manufacturing plants during Manufacturing Week 2015.

If it’s October, expect to see a spotlight shining brightly on manufacturing in New Hampshire and around the country.

That’s thanks in part to the national initiative, which began a few years ago when Manufacturing Day was proclaimed for the first Friday in October. It has grown since its inception and now thousands of manufacturers host students, teachers, parents and job seekers at open houses to showcase careers available and innovation happening close to home.

New Hampshire turns one day into a week of celebration, as manufacturing is the state’s largest industry. Events kick off on Manufacturing Day (Oct. 7) at New England Wire Technologies in Lisbon and continues throughout the week with the manufacturing and community college open houses throughout the state.

It all ends on a high note with the Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit on Oct. 13 at the Grappone Center in Concord. Now in its 14th year, the summit draws over 200 manufacturers from around the state.

Click here for more information and to register.

This year’s guest speaker is David Morgan, president and CEO of the New Hampshire Association of the Blind. Prior to joining that organization, Morgan served as vice president of Perkins School for the Blind and general manager of Perkins Products. His manufacturing background includes being president of BE Semiconductor’s US operation, located in Londonderry.

He’ll speak about Design Thinking and the Future of Innovation, with insight about the creativity that transforms products, grows markets and drives employment.

The Manufacturing Summit is presented by the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire; New Hampshire MEP; New Hampshire High Technology Council and New Hampshire Economic Development.

Celebrating Manufacturing in the Granite State

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Manufacturing Day is coming up on Friday and while it may not be a greeting card holiday, it is a celebration and observance of a sector that is vital to just about everything in our lives.

Take a moment and look at what’s within your arm’s reach. The computer on which you are reading this; computer accessories – a card reader, a keyboard; a telephone, landline and/or cell phone; a coffee cup; one of those little stress gizmos.

All these items, seen and unseen, were manufactured. The need for these components creates jobs. The payroll from these jobs supports other local businesses and the tax base helps to better our schools and communities.

So Manufacturing Day is a reason to celebrate. Here in New Hampshire, it will kick off Manufacturing Week beginning Monday and this will be an opportunity to showcase the industry.

Consider this: In 2012, about 66,000 people were employed in manufacturing, earning an average of $1,220 a week. Consider that average weekly wage for other workers was $938.

There is a great demand for workers, not only here in New Hampshire, but around the country. As part of Manufacturing Week, more than 60 manufacturers, community colleges and technical centers are making arrangements with local schools to welcome students and show them what 21st century manufacturing is like.


Manufacturing Day ~ Oct. 4
Manufacturing Week ~ Oct. 7 -11

There are exciting opportunities right here in the Granite State and, especially if you are the parent of a high school student exploring what to do after graduation, we hope you will connect with one of these open houses.

Manufacturing Week culminates on Oct. 10 with the 11th annual Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit, taking place at the Radisson Hotel/Center of New Hampshire in Manchester.

The theme is Manufacturing Matters and workshops will cover value stream mapping and modeling; positioning for growth and an introduction of the New Hampshire Aerospace and Defense Export Consortium. Harry Moser, president of the Reshoring Initiative, will speak about manufacturing jobs returning to the US.

The Division of Economic Development is pleased join the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the New Hampshire High Technology Council in presenting this event.

Please take a moment and register today to join us.

Lorna Colquhoun

Communications Director

NH Division of Economic Development


Crib Notes

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

The Civil War-era building in the heart of downtown Keene belies the lean, green, sophisticated 21st century manufacturing operation inside the brick walls, with its state-of-the-art computer numerical controlled machinery operated by 43 skilled workers.

Whitney Brothers makes superior quality wood furniture, storage, display and educational play products for children. Their products can be found in schools, childcare centers, libraries and churches around the world.

Today, the plant hums at near capacity as it works to fulfill the largest single contract in its history and it’s an unlikely one: An order from the US Army.

It’s for a total of 3,614 cribs needed to upgrade its child development centers, located on military bases around the world. The order is a 3-year-contract, with two, one-year renewable options. The first year totals $866,000.

Production is humming at Whitney Brothers in Keene.

“Our company believes that childcare and early learning in a child’s first five years are critical to develop into productive citizens and we applaud the US Army for its support of those same values,” said David Stabler, president of Whitney Brothers. “We appreciate that the army recognized our American-made products represent better quality, safety and overall value vs. low-cost imports.”

Winning the contract took patience and perseverance and required meticulous preparation. It began in 2003, when Stabler met with Martha Keene of NH-PTAP, a program of the Division of Economic Development that helps New Hampshire companies sell their products and services to federal, state and local governments. He evaluated the government market, performed the necessary registrations and developed a strategy to generate government sales through the company’s existing network of distributors versus selling directly to the federal government.

The pivotal event in the process would not happen for another eight years. In 2011, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission enacted standards that necessitated the replacement of older cribs in public and private childcare centers with newer, safety-compliant units by the end of 2012. This included childcare facilities sponsored by the government, such as the US Army worldwide Childcare Development Centers. Whitney Brothers had prepared diligently for this opportunity, resulting in the US Army contract award in May 2012.

“We acknowledge the vital role that the NHPTAP and (the Department of Resources and Economic Development) played in helping us win this important contract,” said Brian Vaillancourt, director of sales and marketing. “These publicly funded organizations and the programs, training and assistance they provide helped us gain full visibility in front of the federal government customer and acquire this order. We advocate the current federal administration continue to support these invaluable resources.”

To fulfill the contract, Whitney Brothers hired 13 new employees – a 32 percent increase to its existing workforce.


Dave Pease, CCAS

Program Manager

NH Procurement Technical Assistance Program