Groveton's NSA facility employs 92 and counting

N.H. Charitable Foundation Board, Chapman Development and NCIC Tour NSA Industries’ Groveton facility

GROVETON — “We are pleased to have expanded to Groveton,” said Jim Moroney, chief executive officer of NSA Industries, as he hosted the board of directors of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, developer Bob Chapman and managers of Northern Community Investment Corporation on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Following a tour through the state-of-the-art operation, the group discussed the expanding employment opportunities developing in Groveton.

“It was a year ago this month that we held a job fair,” said Moroney. “We were pleased to have 320 applicants. It gave us confidence to move ahead. The next day we began finalizing an agreement with Bob Chapman.”

The Groveton facility got underway in January, and today there are 92 people working at the plant. NSA Industries purchased $3 million in equipment at the start of the operations, and the company is currently purchasing an additional $3 million in equipment to support the expanding opportunities in the northern New Hampshire community, along with hiring about a dozen more people.

NSA Industries is the largest metal fabrication, machining and powder coating operation of its kind in northern New England. Headquartered in St. Johnsbury, Vt., NSA is nationally ranked No. 15 by thefabricator.com, a publication of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International. NSA Industries’ three facilities in St Johnsbury employ more than 220 people. The company is also expanding there and is in the process of hiring additional employees.

Chapman Development owner Bob Chapman explained the property’s transformation. “The paper mills closed in 2006 and 2007. But this is no longer a closed mill site; it is an industrial park. We are happy to have NSA Industries here.”

“USDA Rural Development provided funds for the preliminary engineering of the water and sewer,” said Cathy Conway, vice president of economic development at NCIC, in discussing the development of the infrastructure. “Northern Borders Regional Commission matched a Chapman Development donation to bring sewer to this facility and others. Then the town agreed to take on a bond to match Economic Development Administration funds to continue the sewer and water to other locations in the industrial park. That work is scheduled to begin next month.”

“To bring business, you kiss a lot of frogs,” said Jon Freeman, president of NCIC. “But we found a prince with NSA — 92 jobs and growing. With the industrial park looking so good and having another employer here, others are considering coming here. Beno Lamontagne of the N.H. Department of Business and Economic Affairs is leading the charge. It’s very encouraging.”

NCIC has been a critical partner for NSA Industries.

“NCIC has helped us purchase two facilities in St. Johnsbury,” said Moroney. “When we determined that we had to look elsewhere to support the growth in front of us, they did all they could to be sure we stayed in their territory. They identified options. Groveton stood out for us, and here we are. It was the right move. NCIC made this possible and NCIC is playing a critical role in structuring a financing solution to support our growth in both St Johnsbury and Groveton.”

“Through the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has been a significant funding partner in the North Country,” said Freeman. “Having NSA in Groveton is a great example in that it was their investment that helped us develop a new capacity at NCIC for helping with such opportunities.”

NCIC is a private nonprofit organization working to strengthen employment opportunities throughout the region. The NCIC annual meeting will be held on Oct. 19. This event is renowned for bringing hundreds of bankers, business owners, and local, state and federal leaders together for networking opportunities, to review progress on various projects and discuss future possibilities. All are welcome. Go to ncic.org to register.

 

Equifax Class Action Filed for New Hampshire


Douglas, Leonard and Garvey has announced that it has filed a class action federal suit against Equifax for the massive security breach that affects more than 600,000 New Hampshire residents.

The 36-page complaint is available for viewing at the law firm’s website www.nhlawoffice.com. The initial plaintiffs are residents of Merrimack County who have gone on the Equifax website and have been told that their information “may have been impacted by this incident.” The class action is pending in the United States District Court in Concord and is civil case number 17-438.

People who have been hacked and have had their credit directly affected by purchases or loans taken out in their name should definitely provide information to the law firm by going onto its website and emailing the particulars of their hack. To participate in the case, a short email form may be accessed at the firm’s website and there is no cost or obligation on the part of any affected New Hampshire consumer.

Jason Robie: Conscientious cleaning

I enjoy cleaning the house. OK, to be clear, I enjoy the feeling of HAVING a clean house, and the best way to get to that goal is to actually clean. I’m not fancy enough (yet) to have my own house cleaner, but that’s on my bucket list, for sure. Imagine combining my love of a clean house with simply coming home to a house that has been cleaned. I’m giddy at just the thought. But with all that said, there are some myths floating around about cleaning that I’d like to shed some light on. Some are simply helpful to avoid and others are downright harmful to your home. Let’s get scrubbing!
The first myth is about the value of bleach. I think we all fall in various places along the spectrum of bleach use, depending on how our parents and grandparents used it. The important thing to remember is that bleach does not “clean," it only disinfects. The example I like is trying to wash muddy hands with hand sanitizer. You first need to remove the dirt and grime, and then you can move on to sanitizing. Also, bleach needs around 10 minutes of contact with the offending germ-covered item to be effective. So using those combo cleaners that include bleach is likely a waste of time and is obviously not great for your lungs. Focus on the grime and soap scum in the bathroom and leave the bleach for the germs.
Moving on to your wood furniture, consider taking it easy with the polish. Many polishes are simple beeswax and are great for shining the wood and giving it that showroom new look and feel. The flip side of that is the fact that loads of polishes are filled with funky-named chemicals and can leave an unwanted buildup on your furniture. Don’t be afraid to use polish, but don’t feel like you have to use it every time you clean. Just make use of a high-quality microfiber cloth (damp with water) and you’ll have great looking pieces all over the house without the waxy buildup. This is a safer option, too, because if you are like me you inevitably get some polish over-spray on the floor, and that slippery spot is there for days just waiting for you!
Speaking of flooring, don’t be afraid of too much vacuuming. We had our carpets replaced when I was in high school. I will never forget the installer telling my mom that carpets tend to weigh 10 times what they did when they were new after as many years of use. I’m sure it didn’t help that the house contained two teen boys, either. Lots of vacuuming can help eliminate some allergens, loads of dust and can actually help the house stay smelling fresh longer. Obviously you need to be more careful with oriental and handmade rugs, but you get the idea.
Staying down there on the floor, let’s talk mopping. My honey always uses that nice smelling floor cleaner when she attacks the floors. Our entire first floor is hardwood so it looks amazing when she’s done. When it is my turn, I tend to just wet the floor-cleaning pad with water. It really doesn’t matter which you use as long as the fabric is damp. This doesn’t just “push the dirt around” and will do a great job of picking up (and holding onto) the dust and dirt on your floor. While the cleaner is not necessary it does leave a nicer shine and smell than just water. I think the switching off works just fine and saves us from having to buy the cleaner as often.
“Floor cleaners are great for leaving a nicer looking finish and scent throughout the home,” notes Badger Realty agent, Debi Davis. “Although any moist cloth will work well, the important note is to tackle the floors more often than not. Grit and dirt, especially as it is crushed under foot, is the best way to scratch and mar those floors which nobody wants to have to deal with,” she continued.
Last but not least are those dishes in the sink. I’m a fan of hand washing. Not because I think I can do a better job than the dishwasher, but because for most of my adult life I haven’t had enough dishes or silverware to last me long enough for when the dishwasher will be full again. Even now we haven’t unpacked all the silverware, so with only eight forks and two of us dirtying dishes, the math doesn’t work. All that said, it is still better to let the dishwasher handle its task if you are concerned about the cleanliness of your plates, glasses and flatware. All the scrubbing in the world (by you) can’t compete with the water temperature and constant soaping that that machine can provide. So give yourself a break (and go buy some more forks!).
Cleaning the house is not a chore that many of us love and get excited about. But if you are the one tackling this task, make note of a few of these suggestions. Perhaps it will make the cleaning faster and easier, and it could even save some wear and tear on your furniture and flooring. Now that we have that covered, get yourself outside and enjoy this lovely fall weather! You can always clean up your dirty boot droppings next weekend!

RE/MAX donated to Stand Up Androscoggin Valley Coalition

BERLIN — Recently Realtors with RE/MAX Northern Edge Realty made a donation to the Stand Up Androscoggin Valley Coalition. The coalition is a spin off of the Community Leadership Team/Project AWARE Program at the Berlin Public Schools and are focused on addressing substance misuse faced by our Androscoggin Valley Community. Their mission is to reduce and prevent substance abuse among youth by working together to build healthy, safe and drug free community. On Oct. 21, they are planning a 10K race and they are hoping this will be an annual event. The race will be a USATF-certified 10K race, between Berlin and Gorham, and will be promoted as a Stand Up Androscoggin Valley event "to promote resiliency, wellness and a chem-free lifestyle in the Androscoggin Valley." At this time they are looking for donors/sponsors and volunteers who will be willing to help with this ambitious first big coalition event.

Remax Donation Stand Up On hand to receive the donation were Kacey Micucci, Kevin Carpentar and Pam Laflamme. Pictured from the left in the front row, Carl Mercier, Kacey Micucci, Kevin Carpentar and Pam Laflamme. In the back row, Wayne Micucci, Chris Lunn, Matt Martel and Mark Danoski. Missing from the photo, Lucie Remillard and Steve Grone. (COURTESY PHOTO)