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Hypertherm Announces $35M Investment for New Heater Road Facility

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Hypertherm has announced that it expects construction costs for its new 156,000 SF Heater Road facility to top $35 million dollars. The company will award the first bids, overseen by Middlebury, Vermont-based Bread Loaf Construction, this week.  Construction for the building is expected to get underway by the end of the month, and will eventually contain over 150 advanced manufacturing production machines and create up to 500 new jobs.

hypertherm-operatorOn hearing the news about the new facility, Governor John Lynch stated that, “Hypertherm has a well deserved reputation for being a strong innovator on all fronts and great place to work. The owners are second to none in their commitment to their country, their community and to their employees. We will do everything we can to help Hypertherm succeed in their goals.”

Hypertherm, an employee owned company, is pursuing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification for the new facility and is taking other steps to make the facility a model of environmental sustainability as part of its core values.

“Hypertherm’s success is built on the effort of our associates and the resources available to us. We have a responsibility to treat the world respectfully and responsibly,” stated Barbara Couch, Hypertherm’s Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility.  “Leadership in community and environmental stewardship are core values at Hypertherm – a business model we hope others will follow.  Simply stated, businesses do well while doing good.”

The Heater Road facility is designed to accommodate Hypertherm’s growth in a number of areas. It will expand Hypertherm’s current manufacturing space and complete a host of customer focused needs including a meeting space, a showcase for Hypertherm products, two state-of-the-art training classrooms and an amphitheater. The space will allow for an integrated team – everything from engineering to production—under one roof. It will also include an Innovative Product Application Center (IPAC), a state-of-the-art lab to meet the needs of research and development, testing and prototyping, and a new data center. 

The focus on sustainability will lower costs and improve efficiency while being sensitive to the environment and larger community. For example, the LEED certification, monitored through an ongoing dashboard, requires vendors and materials to be acquired within a 500 miles radius of the project; the new lab will recycle water through filtration and heat capture instead of flushing 40,000 gallons of water a day, and the new machines will run at a lower level of power with increased production capacity.

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen applauded Hypertherm’s efforts to focus on sustainability saying that “the company is committed to a set of core values that will help our country maintain its ability create products here at home and at the same time preserve the environment necessary to create those products.”

Once complete, the 156,000 square foot facility will provide full-time jobs for up to 500 New Hampshire and Vermont residents. The jobs will include research and development, engineering and marketing, CNC machining and assembly positions. Hypertherm will rely heavily on support from its partnerships with River Valley Community College and the federal and states government of New Hampshire and Vermont to provide a well trained workforce.

According to George Bald, Commissioner of New Hampshire’s Department of Resources & Economic Development, “Hypertherm has been an excellent partner in pursuing state policy goals to employ and train individuals in need of good paying jobs and in helping to refuel the stagnant economy.”

Hypertherm designs and manufactures advanced metal cutting systems for use in a variety of industries such as shipbuilding, manufacturing, and automotive repair. Its product line includes handheld and mechanized plasma and laser systems, consumables, as well as CNC motion and height controls and cutting software. Hypertherm systems are trusted for performance and reliability that results in increased productivity and profitability for tens of thousands of businesses. The New Hampshire based company’s reputation for metal cutting innovation dates back more than 40 years, to 1968, with Hypertherm’s invention of water injection plasma cutting. The company, consistently named one of the best places to work in America, has more than 1,000 associates along with operations and partner representation worldwide.

NHBSR Announces Cornerstone Award Finalists

Friday, April 30th, 2010

New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) is proud to announce the finalists for this year’s Cornerstone Award:  Antioch University New England, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. and Alison Huber Jewett of Jewett Construction.

Molly Hodgson Smith

Molly Hodgson Smith

“NHBSR is pleased to honor one of our members each year with this award.  It serves as a great example of exceptional work in the social responsibility field and allows NHBSR to highlight the high level of commitment to sustainability and social responsibility here in New Hampshire.” said Molly Hodgson Smith, Executive Director of NHBSR.

The NHBSR Cornerstone Award is presented every year at the NHBSR Spring Conference to a company or individual that exemplifies the principles of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and promotes the concepts of CSR to the greater business community within the state of New Hampshire. The recipient of this year’s award will be announced at NHBSR’s 7th Annual Spring Conference on Monday, May 24, 2010, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, NH.

Hypertherm, Inc. was the proud recipient of the 2009 NHBSR Cornerstone Award.   Hypertherm’s Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Barbara Couch said, “We attended last year’s event as learners, drawing inspiration from other leading corporate citizens. We continue on our journey of learning today, inspiring to be a model for corporate social responsibility. This is not simply a nice thing to do, it is a must do for business today.”

Antioch University New England
Since its founding in 1964, Antioch University New England (ANE) has supported the tenets of Corporate Social Responsibility, and as its mission, provides transformative graduate study education through scholarship, innovation, and community action for a just and sustainable society. Antioch University New England supports CSR in three ways. Antioch operate the business of running a university using CSR principles, they educate their students in CSR principles, and through many of their student practices and internships, they help businesses and organizations locally and throughout New England recognize and begin to adopt CSR principles

C&S Wholesale Grocers Inc.
C&S is a privately owned company with annual sales of $19 billion. The company is the 12th largest privately held company in the nation, as ranked by Forbes magazine. Founded in 1918, C&S provides distribution services to grocery chains and independent stores, delivering to approximately 4,600 locations from its distribution centers in Alabama, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Vermont.  C&S’s corporate social responsibility strategic plan focuses on four core initiatives:  Eliminating Hunger, Strengthening Communities, Protecting the Environment, and Encouraging Volunteerism.

Alison Huber-Jewett, Jewett Construction

Alison Huber-Jewett

Alison Huber-Jewett

Alison encourages CSR and community involvement amongst her coworkers by researching and presenting opportunities that prove rewarding to both the participant and the community.  She is always open to new ways to give back to the community and encourages others to do the same.  Alison’s efforts toward corporate social responsibility have been recognized by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), as her policies have helped Jewett Construction to be selected to participate in the NHDES Aspiring Leaders Program.

NHBSR fosters socially and environmentally responsible business in New Hampshire, recognizing that people, principles and profits must be linked.  NHBSR prides itself on offering education, networking and promotion in an environmentally sustainable way.  This conference will incorporate a variety of ‘green’ elements including carbon offset, recycling, minimizing waste and sustainable menu choices.  For more info about the Cornerstone Award and NHBSR visit www.nhbsr.org or call 603-391-8471 or email molly@nhbsr.org.