GORHAM — The media spotlight will shine this Friday, Jan. 13, on Labonville, Inc., and the line of work and safety clothing made at its facility on the Berlin-Gorham Road. The company will be highlighted on WMUR’s N.H. Chronicle, starting at 7 p.m.
Alex Labonville said a film crew came north to Gorham last week to film the segment, focusing largely on his family’s long history making the Labonville line of chainsaw chaps, winter pants, gaiters, wool jackets, vests and other gear. A group of 10 to 12 employees make the clothes at their sewing building next to the retail store. Overall, the company employs a total of 40 people.
Labonville is the third generation to work in the business and he said Chronicle interviewed him about his grandparents, Delores and Emilien Labonville, who moved to this country from Canada in the late 1940s during the Great Depression. After operating one of the area’s largest logging operations, the couple started making safety and work clothing and opened Labonville in 1953.
Labonville said the family has always stressed the quality of the clothing it makes and keeping its manufacturing operations in this country.
He said he became a member of New Hampshire Made last year and believes that is how N.H. Chronicle learned of Labonville’s operation.
Information on the show can be found at www.wmur.com/article/friday-january-13th-labonville/8562465.