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                                          Move to NH Beneficial to Company’s Triple Digit Growth

MERRIMACK, NH (Sept. 4, 2012) - A Massachusetts company supplying innovative video communications to businesses around the world relocated to New Hampshire this summer, in part due to accommodate its triple digit growth as it continues to expand its sales around the globe.

BurstPoint Networks, formerly of Westborough, Mass., moved to 11 Continental Blvd. in August. Founded two years ago, it provides the industry’s most scalable and cost effective video streaming, recording and content management solutions for enterprises, educational and government organizations through a variety of applications, including town hall, grand rounds, distance learning, video on demand and digital signage.

“We are rapidly expanding our highly skilled engineering staff and the pool of engineering talent that lives in New Hampshire is very attractive as we double our New Hampshire workforce over the next 12 months,” said Patrick Clark, president and CEO of BurstPoint. “This, combined with the quality of life and business benefits of being in New Hampshire, was an easy decision for us.”

When one of those employees happened to see a segment last January that featured interviews with Gov. John Lynch and Christopher Way, interim director of the Division of Economic Development, talking about the New Hampshire Advantage on the CBS Morning Show, he wrote to urge Way to get in touch with Clark about moving BurstPoint to New Hampshire.

Way assigned state business recruiter Cynthia Harrington to the company and she worked with Clark, who was also making the commute to Massachusetts from Hollis New Hampshire. By the summer, the company moved north of the border.

"As we continue our triple digit growth, we plan to hire in New Hampshire and be a New Hampshire company," Clark said.

BurstPoint Networks has just under 20 employees and "we expect to increase our New Hampshire employment base significantly next year," he said.
In the first few weeks of moving to the Granite State, the company has added a senior engineer and a chief financial officer to its New Hampshire staff.

With its relocation to New Hampshire, Lynch said, BurstPoint Networks adds to the employment base and technological diversity in a region becoming known for its number of high tech companies, including BAE Systems and Oracle.

“BurstPoint Networks is a high tech company that could locate anywhere in the country, but chose to come to New Hampshire," he said. "That’s because we have an economic strategy that is working. That strategy includes a low-tax, business-friendly atmosphere and a highly educated and skilled workforce.”

The company's client base, which includes the state of Alabama, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, University of Maine, State University of New York, the World Bank and MetLife offices in 47 countries and 85 locations around the U.S., is using BurstPoint Networks for training, to conduct global meetings and for digital signage.

Last year, Clark, an Air Force veteran, put the company's technology to work for a cause, inviting military families to a Boston Celtics Basketball game at the TD Garden, which was connected with a military base in Afghanistan. Although thousands of miles apart, loved ones could watch the game in real time together.

"There are so many components that make this a great story," Harrington said. "When we put it all together, we find that everyone benefits from this relocation - valued employees who now work closer to home; a company that sees the advantages of doing business in New Hampshire and the local economy, which is buoyed by a growing company that plans to double its workforce in the next year."


AML Partners of Franklin Fights High Tech Financial Crime

FRANKLIN, NH (Aug. 8, 2012) –A company dedicated to detecting and preventing terrorist financing and money laundering has relocated from New Jersey to New Hampshire, creating more than a dozen jobs that have been filled by graduates and students of a local community college.
   AML Partners LLC, a software development center, was founded by Frank Cummings and Jonathan Almeida following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Experts in international banking compliance, they created the company to provide detection technology that prevents global financial crimes.
   “High-tech tools are critical to the success of counter-terrorist financing and anti-money-laundering efforts and we’re at the forefront of developing the best tools,” said Cummings, CEO of AML Partners. “This enables us to look for indicators or behaviors of possible crimes, be it money laundering, terrorism or fraud.”
   The company’s flagship product, SURETY, provides to financial institutions a cutting-edge tool to evaluate the risk for financial crime for all new customers, and it provides a powerhouse data-storage and analytical environment that enables institutions to comply with the myriad regulations found in the Bank Secrecy Act, the PATRIOT Act and other U.S.laws.
    “Anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing efforts are critical at this point in history and the challenge is made exponentially more difficult by the use of technology to commit financial crimes,” he said.
   AML Partners opened in May at the Franklin Business Center. Cummings said having access to a high-tech work force was critical in thedecision to relocate. Three months after opening, AML Partners has hired 11 people and the average age of the workers is 24.
   “We found them in the community colleges – we raided New Hampshire Technical Institute,” Cummings said. “I don’t have any job openings because as soon as one becomes available, one of my people recommends a classmate, or an instructor recommends a student and the position is filled almost immediately.”
   AML Partners, which has 32 international banking customers in the U.S. and four other countries, expects to employ 20 people by the end of the year.
    Cummings decided in 2008 that he’d like to move the company out of New Jersey, but “we know what happened with the economy that year,” he said, referring to the recession. Cynthia Harrington, business recruiter with the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, worked with him for more than years before the business was relocated.
   “Often times, it takes years for arelocation or expansion to happen,” Harrington said. “It takes patience and ongoing communication, but it is always worth the wait. In this case, AML Partners is a 21st century company tackling a 21stcentury global threat from Franklin and hiring a workforce that is helping to keep our young people close to home.”
   Cummings, an avid outdoorsman who moved to New Hampshire a couple of years before relocating his business, said the Granite State was his first choice when the business was ready to expand.
   “Our day-to-day work with financial institutions occurs primarily in New York and at other financial centers worldwide, but New Hampshire is a terrific place to work on software development,” he said. “As a business relocating from New Jersey, we have benefitted from the work ethic and the New Hampshire Advantage and we have found many highly skilled programmers from the state’s community colleges. The availability of a high-tech workforce in New Hampshire is critical for us.”

Scores of Quebec Business Officials Turn Out for NH Presentation

    SHERBROOKE, Que. (June 21, 2012) - More than 80 business people and manufacturers within a two hour drive from northern New Hampshire turned out Wednesday night to hear a presentation about the benefits of expanding into the Granite State.
   Organizers of the reception and dinner, which include Public Service of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, said the latest in the series of presentations is one of the most successful they've had in recent years.
   Conducted every other year or so, the presentation targets Quebec manufacturers and businesses who may be interested in expanding in the U.S. market by way of northern New Hampshire and particularly Coos County.
   "They want to learn more," said Beno Lamontagne, the state's business resource specialist covering Coos County for the Division of Economic Development. "A lot of them said they would like to talk with us again and so we will be coming back."
   At least one business near the Quebec-New Hampshire border could not wait for this week's presentation; the owner requested a meeting to discuss possibilities shortly after the invitations were sent out in late May.
   The presentations are conducted in French, which included a welcome from Commissioner George Bald of the Department of Resources and Economic Development. Also attending were Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier; Diane Daley, Barry Normandeau, Jim Tierney and Brian Bresnahan, all of Northumberland, and Marie-Josie Vaillant and Rick Tillotson of Colebrook.
   Gilles Deblois, a manufacturer who attended a previous presentation and has met with state officials, offered a testimonial about receiving a "warm welcome," and the ease of access to them to discuss possibilities.
   Tillotson, who is looking for tenants in his building in the Colebrook Industrial Park, said being able to meet and talk with potential occupants is a great opportunity. Grenier said his city has a workforce and space to help a Canadian business open the door to the U.S. market.
   Those attending said the presentation was educational, with one business representative saying "this is good timing," as his company is seriously considering expansion in the U.S.   
   Michael Bergeron, one of the state's two business recruiters, said that following the event, dozens of people specifically asked for copies of the presentation.
   "We've never had this many people ask for that," he said.
   Organizers said putting together the presentation and inviting the guests was the easy part of the event.
   "We have so much more to tell about our story - no income tax, no sales tax, no inventory tax - those are things really ring loudly because they are taxed very highly," Lamontagne said. "But just because there is all this interest and excitement (Wednesday) night, that doesn't translate into them coming to New Hampshire next week. Our work begins tonight."

North Country Commercial Properties Viewed by Southern NH Brokers

            HAVERHILL, NH (June 5, 2012) - A contingent of nearly two dozen real estate brokers from southern New Hampshire spent a day in the North Country on Tuesday, viewing available commercial properties that may be of interest to their clients.

    "We do these tours occasionally to acquaint the brokers in the southern part of the state with what is available further north," said Christopher Way, interim director of the Division of Economic Development at the Department of Resources and Economic Development. "Not only does it introduce them to what's available, but it is also a chance for them to meet town officials and find out the details of what comes along with the property, like services."
   Sponsored by Public Service of New Hampshire, the bus tours hosted by the division in recent years have brought brokers to properties in Coos County, northern Carroll County and other parts of the state.
   Town officials, joined by representatives of Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank, welcomed the tour at
Alumni Hall in Haverhill Corner, who detailed availability of space and municipal services at the Haverhill Business Park.
   "We would be thrilled if you had people come here," said Haverhill Town Manager Glen English.
   Art Slattery of the Phoenix Realty Group in Bedford said he was surprised “to see the extent to which the Haverhill community went to welcome our group. To have the town manager, selectmen, major employers and bankers all in attendance to explain the benefits of industry locating there was inspiring.”
   Littleton Industrial Development Corp. President Greg Eastman led the tour around the town's industrial park, established in the 1960s, and home to 17 diverse businesses, from printing to manufacturing.
   During lunch at the Mountain View Grand in Whitefield, Alexandra Richie, government and community relations director at Cate Street Capital in Portsmouth, spoke about the 75-megawatt biomass facility the company is building in Berlin. With an expected opening in October 2013, the plant is under construction and could see as many as 400 people working there this summer.
   "Why did we pick the Berlin site?" she said. "Because of the existing, skilled, motivated workforce in the area - finding workers is not going to be a challenge; they are there and they want to work. The local officials are pro-business. We are fortunate to have the resources we have and any business expanding to New Hampshire should take advantage of them."
    The brokers said being able to see properties and talk with local officials is a great opportunity.
    "It's important to learn about this part of the state," said Marty Tymowicz of Century 21 Cardinal in Nashua. "There are different opportunities in this part of the state than there are on the Seacoast and the southern part of the state."
    Mike Monks of Monks and Co. in Nashua said the tour "provides us with a feeling for the assets that are up here, which we may not realize and it gives us a feel for the real New Hampshire."

Family Business Relocates to Keene

            KEENE, N.H. (April 24, 2012) – A family-owned business has relocated from Massachusetts to Keene, a move that will allow it to expand and hire new employees over the next two years.

    Samson Manufacturing Corp., a precision tool company specializing in firearms accessories, had done business in Whately, Mass., for about 17 years and made the decision to move to the Granite State for a number of reasons.
   “New Hampshire is friendly to gun manufactures,” said Scott Samson, company president.  “I also appreciate the help Michael Bergeron from the Department of Resources and Economic Development gave my wife, Cathy, and me, making introductions that helped to make this move possible.”

   Bergeron brought the Samsons together with Jack Dugan, president of the Monadnock Economic Development Corp., who helped finance building improvements and equipment purchases.

   The Samsons’ manufacturing operation is now located in a 20,000-square-foot building at 4 Forge St., in Keene. They have hired five new employees and plan to hire 20 more over the next two years.

   Bergeron worked with the Samsons for over two years, before they made the move.

Lighthouse Manufacturing Completes Renovations to Portsmouth Building


           PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (April 4, 2012) – With renovations to Lighthouse Manufacturing LLC’s Mirona Road facility completed, the company now seeks to hire new employees.

           Lighthouse relocated its operations, including 60 jobs, to a 42,000-square-foot facility in Portsmouth from Peabody,Mass.,three months ago. It is a metal fabricator, machining and progressive die manufacturer of parts used in the aerospace industry.

            “We are very happy to have moved the Lighthouse operation to low tax New Hampshire,” said CEO Ed Autuori.

           Michael Bergeron, business development manager for the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development who workedwith Lighthouse on its New Hampshire move, said it’s another “great example of an advanced manufacturing company from Massachusetts expanding into the Granite State.”


New Hampshire, Franklin Celebrate Watts Water Technologies’ Expansion

(March 26, 2012) – State and local dignitaries joined officials from Watts Water Technologies Inc. Monday morning to celebrate the company’s expansion in the city, which will bring with it more than 100 new jobs.
   The company, which had previously manufactured some of its water control products in China, transferred that operation to New Hampshire and is now expanding. On Monday morning, officials and dignitaries broke ground on a 30,000-square-foot building at its South Main Street property.
   “This investment will support our ability to make high quality products which meet the lead-free requirements that come into effect in January 2014,” said David Coglan, president and CEO of Watts Water Technologies.
   New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch cited the dedication of the workers as a reason why Watts continues to expand in Franklin.
   “We very much appreciate the investment Watts continues to make,” Lynch said. “Watts could have chosen to expand anywhere and it’s avote of confidence to all of you that it’s chosen to expand this facility right here in New Hampshire.”
   Once construction is completed next year, more than 100 jobs will be added – jobs that had previously been located in China.
   “It makes me proud, as a New Hampshire resident and an American, that you have been able to bring your product lines back fromChina and bring jobs back from China,” said Franklin Mayor Kenneth Merrifield.
   Watts Water Technologies was founded 138 years ago and its headquarters is located in North Andover, Mass. In the 21stcentury, the company is considered a global leader of innovative water control products.
   With 6,000 people employed at the company’s 70 facilities around the world, the Franklin foundry, with 400 employees, is its largest manufacturing plant in North America.


Governor and Council Approve BFA Loan To Enable Construction
of  a New, Major Manufacturing Facility in Rochester

CONCORD, NH (Dec. 15, 2011) – Gov. John Lynch and the Executive Council on Wednesday approved a  $4 million Business Finance Authority loan to complete a major economic development agreement between the State, Safran USA, and the City of Rochester.
The agreement will enable the construction of a previously announced 275,000 square-foot facility, in which Safran USA and Albany Engineered Composites (AEC) will be co-located. The facility will employ approximately 400 workers. The State, through the Department of Resources and Economic Development, worked with Albany, Safran USA and the City of Rochester to ensure an agreement could be reached.
“We have been working closely with Safran USA and Albany to see the project through to completion. Today’s news is a major economic development win for Rochester and the entire state of New Hampshire, and will result in the creation of hundreds of jobs,” Gov. Lynch said.
As part of the effort to recruit the new facility, the state has also partnered with Great Bay Community College to create a new composite manufacturing curriculum to train workers to fill the new jobs.
 “Safran USA and Albany could have located their new facilities anywhere in the country, but they chose New Hampshire because they recognize that we have a strong workforce and a winning economic strategy. We worked intensely with the companies over the past several years to make the construction of this new plant, and the hundreds of jobs that come with it, a reality,” Gov. Lynch said.
“I want to thank (DRED) Commissioner George Bald and his staff, particularly state business recruiter Cindy Harrington, as well as New Hampshire’s Business Finance Authority, under the leadership for Jack Donovan, for getting us to where we are today.  I also want to thank Mayor T.J. Jean and Rochester city officials for their work and commitment to this project,” Gov. Lynch said.  
“Finally, I want to thank Albany International’s President and CEO Joseph Morone and Safran USA leadership for their commitment to New Hampshire and for working cooperatively to move this critical project forward.”
“This agreement, and the manufacturing plant and new jobs that will result from it, is a reflection of not only the strength of the relationship between the State of New Hampshire, the City of Rochester, Albany International and Safran USA, but also of how tightly our futures are connected. The efforts of Governor John Lynch and his team in this process cannot be overstated, and the new plant and new jobs that will be created are the direct result of his efforts on behalf of State of New Hampshire,” said Albany President and CEO Joseph Morone.
The new facility will manufacture composite engine components.
 “We are very pleased to launch the construction of a manufacturing plant in Rochester, where the Safran group and AEC will combine their resources in order to produce advanced composite parts for the LEAP aircraft engines developed by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Safran and GE,” said Peter Lengyel, President and CEO of Safran USA, Washington D.C. Operations.
Albany Engineered Composites is a subsidiary of Albany International, Corp., which employs about 225 workers at its existing Rochester facility. Last year, the company relocated its corporate headquarters from New York to Rochester.
“The city of Rochester is honored to be selected by Safran USA and Albany Engineered Composites to host their new world-class advanced manufacturing facility. This investment demonstrates Rochester’s commitment to attracting and securing sustainable industrial development and providing valuable jobs to our local economy,” said Rochester Mayor T.J. Jean. “Today’s announcement is a milestone for Rochester as we emerge from these difficult economic times.”
"This is a great day for Rochester and for the state of New Hampshire as a whole," said Commissioner George Bald. "We thank Safran USA for making the decision to locate their facility in New Hampshire and commend the City of Rochester for its hard work in bringing in a quality company that will create new jobs and add to the economic vitality of our state."
Construction of the new plant, near the existing Albany facility, will begin in the spring of 2012.

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