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Gov. Lynch Announces Agreement Reached to Purchase Fraser Paper Mill in Gorham

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Gov. John Lynch today announced Fraser Papers has reached an agreement to sell the paper mill in Gorham to MM Consulting and Contracting Company, which if finalized would save the mill and about 240 jobs. 

Governor John Lynch

Governor John Lynch

“I extremely pleased that we were able work together to identify a buyer with a plan to keep the mill open. This mill is important to the North Country economy, and it’s important that we keep our workers employed,” Gov. Lynch said. “It is because of the workers – and their skills and strong work ethic – that made this agreement possible.” 

In September, Fraser Papers announced it would be shutting down the mill indefinitely on Oct. 13, after a potential purchaser could not secure sufficient financing. The State of New Hampshire has been working with Fraser find a buyer that would continue to operate the mill. 

“I want to thank Governor Lynch for all of his efforts. The Governor took an active role in seeking a new buyer for the mill, and it is part of his deep commitment to the North Country,” said Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier. “Governor Lynch made available (Department of Resources and Economic Development) Commissioner George Bald and all the resources the state could offer to save the mill. I am forever grateful to the Governor and George Bald for all their efforts and their commitment to the people of the North Country. It is truly a beautiful day in Gorham and Berlin.” 

Gov. Lynch recently met with representatives of MM Consulting and Contracting Company to discuss the purchase of the mill. The Department of Resources and Economic Development made it a priority to identify a buyer that would keep the mill open.  

If the agreement is finalized and the mill reopens, a project to bring a gas line to the mill to help reduce operating costs will also move forward. The $4 million project is being funded from various local, state and federal sources.  

“I want to thank George Bald and the staff at DRED who worked tirelessly to try and keep the mill open. And I want the thank Senator Jeanne Shaheen for her efforts, including securing federal funding for the gas line project,” Gov. Lynch said.

ITRC to Present Seminar on Doing Business in India

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world with a steady 9% growth rate. The need for products and services is at high demand due to the growing middle class, making it a great time to enter or expand into the Indian market.

india-flag1That’s why the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center (ITRC), in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University, is offering a seminar, “Doing Business in India,” on Tuesday, November 16th from 9am to 12pm at its headquarters at 172 Pembroke Road in Concord.

“This is an opportunity for companies to gain an edge over the competition by learning ways to negotiate and create successful partnerships, while the economic relationship between the U.S. and India is growing,” according to ITRC International Training Manager Ellie White.  “The seminar will include background on Indian culture and history, a look at India’s future, strategic and practical considerations of doing business in India, as well as industry trends.”

According to White, the fastest growing industries in India include aerospace and defense, airport and ground handling, computers and peripherals, education services, electric power and transmission equipment, food processing, medical equipment, mining and mineral processing equipment, oil and gas field machinery, pollution control equipment, retail and franchising, telecommunications equipment, textiles, machinery and water.

Speakers will include Atul Sheth, president of Global Service Resources, LLC, and Chetan Chaudhari, vice president of the India Association of New Hampshire, an organization founded in 1989 to serve the needs of New Hampshire’s Indian community. A native of India, Atul Sheth has assisted a number of leading U.S. companies in creating successful partnerships with Indian businesses; and he can offer valuable insights into both the U.S. and Indian business cultures.

The cost for the seminar is $35 per person, including breakfast. Register online at http://exportnh.org/calendar/registration.aspx. For questions, contact Ellie White at 603-271-8444 or ellie.white@dred.state.nh.us.

Dirt Doctors Named November “Innovation Rocks!” Winner

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

It’s a dirty job, but for doing it well, Dirt Doctors has been named the “Innovation Rocks!” award winner by the New Hampshire Business Resource Center for the month of November.

dirt-doctors2Dirt Doctors, a landscaping material and services company, was recognized for its exemplary efforts in wood recycling/composting. Since 1989, the company’s 31 acre wholesale recycling facility has been state and federally approved to perform composting and wholesale/retail mulch production and distribution.

Dirt Doctors accepts clean wood, brush and yard waste for free from state, federal and local businesses as well as homeowners. It composts all yard waste into organic compost, plant bed mix and ultimate planting mix, making some of the finest soils in the Granite State.

Raw products are checked at the company’s scale house for contaminants or non-organic content at which point they’re added to the composting stream for future use as compost or planting mixes. Wood waste is stored and processed into mulch or bio fuels.

“This type of recycling is a model practice worthy of emulation by any community or state,” said New Hampshire Division of Economic Development Interim Director Roy Duddy. “By turning these raw materials into planting mix and bio fuels, Dirt Doctors has demonstrated that utilizing sustainable practices makes good business sense as well as good environmental sense.”

For more information about Dirt Doctors, visit www.dirtdoctorsnh.com

“Innovation Rocks!” is an initiative sponsored by the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development’s Business Resource Center in coordination with Rock 101 (WGIR-FM) and the The Pavilion at the Hilton Garden Inn Manchester Downtown to celebrate the creativity and ingenuity of New Hampshire innovators.

RF Hunter Celebrates 65 Years of Innovative Excellence

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

RF Hunter, manufacturer of oil filtering equipment for commercial kitchens is celebrating 65 years in business with a recognition dinner for customers, friends, employees, and business partners. The private affair will take place at the Cochecho Country Club in Dover on November 18th.  The keynote speaker for the event is Mr. Zenagui Brahim, Director of NHMEP (Manufacturing Exchange Partnership). Congratulatory comments will also be delivered by Mayor Scott Myers, and Dover Economic Development Director, Daniel Barufaldi commending RF Hunter’s contribution to the city.  

“RF Hunter is a tremendous New Hampshire success story,” said New Hampshire Department of Resources & Economic Development Commissioner George Bald. “Not only have they contributed to the economic vitality of our country for 65 years, they have also created innovative products that have improved the environment and provided a blueprint for other New Hampshire companies dedicated to sustainability.”  

rf-hunter-headerIn 1945 after attending a local culinary institute, Robert Hunter started a classic fish & chip shop south of Boston. In order to get the traditional New England flavor, he knew he had to find a way to make sure the hot cooking oil he used was clean and did not pose a safety hazard to his employees.   

The safety issue kept him awake at night. Being an engineer at heart, Hunter started experimenting with industrial designs in his garage. After testing several prototypes, Hunter designed the perfect oil filtration machine allowing kitchen staff too safely and cleanly filter, remove, or reuse cooking oil. He immediately saw the commercial impact of his design and launched a company to sell his new product commercially.  

rf-hunterBy 1952, Hunter patented his invention. Sales were one restaurant at a time, from the back of his car, where he would demonstrate the equipment and tell his story. Dunkin’ Donuts, Burger King, and others jumped on board. In 1988, RF Hunter relocated to New Hampshire and has been here ever since. Their client base grew internationally serving marquee clients like Disney, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. 

“Running a small family owned business presents a myriad of challenges and rewards. We are  fortunate enough to have terrific staff who is dedicated to providing the very best products possible, said Richard Santoro, President and CEO of RF Hunter. “The future holds great promise and I am confident that the company will continue to grow with the initiatives we have put in place. Great products and great people are an unbeatable combination.”  

After spending several months investigating the Lean manufacturing enterprise, RF Hunter adopted Lean manufacturing practices in 2008. And they did so in a traditional family fashion. Richard Santoro’s son Gary, was at the time a United States Air Force Reserve Major stationed at Warner-Robins AFB, a logistics depot for C-5 Galaxy aircraft. Lean manufacturing practices were being implemented and Gary was deeply involved in the implementation process.  

Upon Gary’s return to New Hampshire, Mr. Santoro discussed his conclusions from studying Lean and they along with son Paul Santoro decided that Lean was a key strategic initiative for the future. The result was reducing their inventory cost by over $ 60,000 per annum. Additional savings included a significantly reduced lead time for processing orders and better utilization of shop floor space. Everything now is neat, clean, tidy, and efficient.  Subsequently, Paul Santoro, Director of Operations, has been certified in most of the NHMEP (New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership) Lean programs offered.  

“RF Hunter is a great example of the kind of cost savings that can be achieved by our Lean Program,” said New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership Director of Operations Zenagui Brahim. “RF Hunter’s team used lean principles to analyze the production process with the goal of cutting cost and increasing productivity. In the case of RF Hunter, by constantly reengineering products, creating custom designs, and becoming Lean, they have proven to be sustainable as an organization.” 

Today RF Hunter celebrates over 65 years in business as a family owned and operated company. They provide safe, reliable, and durable supplies and equipment to restaurants, cruise lines, resorts, hotels, universities, and health care institutions world-wide. They look forward to prosperous growth in the future.