The Business of Agriculture: On-Farm Commercial Kitchens Give Growers an Edge
Jun27

The Business of Agriculture: On-Farm Commercial Kitchens Give Growers an Edge

Several years ago, I stopped by the Sprague family’s Edgewater Farm in Plainfield during strawberry season (which runs from June to July) to pick up their signature summer fruit. The farm stand was airy and bright, the berries ruby red, and in the cooler was heavy cream from McNamara Dairy down the road. If that hadn’t already brought strawberry shortcake to mind, right next to the berries were gorgeous, thick, farm-made biscuits....

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Local First Alliance: At the Norwich Bookstore, ‘It’s a New Business Every Day’
Jun27

Local First Alliance: At the Norwich Bookstore, ‘It’s a New Business Every Day’

It has been said that Liza Bernard is a force of nature; at the very least, she’s certainly a force of the local economy. Along with business partner Penny McConnel, Bernard opened the Norwich Bookstore in 1994 and has been a key player in the “Local First” movement in Vermont and the Upper Valley ever since. “When we first opened, people thought we were a little crazy,” Bernard said. The two met at a book study group in 1988....

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New Hampshire Industries Powers Up: Consolidation Drives Claremont Manufacturer’s Growth
Jun27

New Hampshire Industries Powers Up: Consolidation Drives Claremont Manufacturer’s Growth

When New Hampshire Industries was looking to expand and consolidate its operations, the manufacturer found an ideal location in Claremont — a 137,000-square-foot building off River Road that was less than 10 years old and had never been occupied. The company, which makes steel and plastic pulleys for the consumer, commercial and agricultural equipment markets, along with sprockets and stamped and machined parts, was founded in Lebanon...

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The Exit Interview: Tammy Taylor
Jun27

The Exit Interview: Tammy Taylor

The Bradford Fair, set for July 13-16, has been a tradition since 1947, but in recent years organizers have struggled to find vendors and exhibitors and attendance was down. Bradford, Vt., native Tammy Taylor remembers visiting country fairs with her father and riding the Ferris wheel and other rides together. “He could always convince the ride operator to let us stay on the ride for a few extra turns,” she said. “As...

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Managing the Bearing Supply Chain

New Hampshire Industries can be competitive against foreign manufacturers because of its highly automated process that required a significant capital investment but led to lower labor costs on the other end. But company President John Batten said one part of the pulley systems NHI makes are imported: the bearings pressed into the center of the idler pulleys. “We are never going to make bearings in the U.S.,” he said. Batten, holding a...

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In the Groove: Shaped From Solid Steel

The machines at New Hampshire Industries that cut and shape drive pulleys from a thin piece of solid steel in less than 30 seconds are easily the most intriguing and fascinating of all the automated processes. “Those drive pulleys are probably the neatest process we have because they are split,” company President John Batten said while holding one of the thin discs, called a blank, in his office at NHI’s plant off River Road in...

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Women and Business: There’s a Tanzi Back on Main Street in Hanover
Jun27

Women and Business: There’s a Tanzi Back on Main Street in Hanover

It’s natural for a business owner to be proud of opening a new establishment. In the case of Heather Simpson Blake, proprietor of Tanzi’s Salon on Main Street in Hanover, the pride stretches back generations. Blake is the great-granddaughter on her mother’s side of Angelo Tanzi, who in 1897 opened The Hanover Fruit Co., which sat directly across Main Street from the site of Blake’s new salon. “I was inspired by my great-grandfather,”...

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Chamber Profile: Windsor Aims for ‘Distinct’ Improvements
Jun27

Chamber Profile: Windsor Aims for ‘Distinct’ Improvements

Windsor is on a mission to revitalize. Following the loss of two major employers in the last three decades, the small town suffered a period of decline, with a shrinking tax base, an aging population and decaying buildings. But the town is now home to more young families and seeing new investment. Much of the success is due to the efforts of the nonprofit Windsor Improvement Corp., or WIC, which last March rebranded itself as...

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Company News: July 2017
Jun27

Company News: July 2017

New London’s 50-year-old privately owned Colonial Pharmacy is moving out of the New London shopping plaza, where it has been located for decades, and building its own $4.5 million, 14,000-square-foot home a quarter-mile away on Newport Road. Construction is underway with occupancy targeted for November. The move stands in sharp contrast to industry trends — there are only 30 independent pharmacies left in New Hampshire out of a total...

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