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Words of the Week in New Hampshire: Business Expansion

There were a couple of good news events this week, happening on both ends of the state.

Tuesday, our friends at Methuen Construction celebrated the opening of its new headquarters in Plaistow. Our Cynthia Harrington has worked with the company since it made the decision to relocate from Salem and expand its operations.


Gov. Hassan and Business Development Manager Cynthia Harrington joined dignitaries during the ribbon cutting at Methuen Construction.

In her remarks during the ribbon cutting, Harrington praised President and CEO Joe Barbone Jr.

“Today represents the start of a new era for your company, for the town of Plaistow and for the state of New Hampshire,” she said. “You are the visionary that was needed to transform and revitalize this property. As a result of that, we see a $10 million investment; 75 new jobsĀ  in just a little over a year and over the next decade, we look forward to seeing another 250 jobs added — jobs that will bring more people, more spending and more growth to the area. Methuen Construction is a catalyst for economic activity and a good neighbor for Plaistow and the region.”

On Wednesday, in the North Country community of Groveton, NSA Industries of St. Johnsbury, Vt., announced its expansion to the former paper mill site, which went down more than a decade ago, taking over 400 jobs with it.

This is great news for Groveton, which has worked hard to turn the site into a location where businesses can locate, grow and expand.


Beno Lamontagne, left, and Michael Bergeron were involved with the expansion of NSA Industries into Groveton.

To start, the company will bring about 60 jobs into a 73,000-square-foot space. Company officials made the decision to move ahead with the expansion following a series of job fairs, after which they determined there was a skilled and enthusiastic work force available.

By any measure, that’s a pretty good week.

But rest on our laurels? No way.


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Bergeron, right, talks with Bill Markman of Dallas-based Site Selection Group.

Michael Bergeron, senior business development manager, is just back from CoreNet Global in Philadelphia, where he met with corporate real estate professionals and site selectors to tell them about the benefits of doing business in New Hampshire.







Lorna Colquhoun
Communications Director
Division of Economic Development



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