Business Notes: King Arthur Flour Plans Hartford Expansion

Norwich — King Arthur Flour is planning to expand its manufacturing and fullfillment divisions following the construction of a stand-alone building on Billings Farm Road in Hartford, a company spokesman said last week.

If the project receives town approval, construction will begin in August on the 23,500-square-foot building and should be completed by the end of the year, said Stephen Cochran, the company’s director of infrastructure.

Both manufacturing and the order-filling divisions are now crowded in one building, and the new facility will allow King Arthur to have room for growth in both areas, Cochran said.

The new building will accommodate 30 current full- and part-time employees and will allow the addition of about five employees over the next couple of years, he said.

“We’re seeing growth across our entire business in all areas — catalog and e-commerce sales as well as putting flour on the shelves of grocery stores across the country,” Cochran said.

Company News

During a flag raising ceremony last week, the four Hypertherm facilities in Lebanon and Hanover were recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor, New Hampshire and Vermont officials as being “OSHA Voluntary Protection Program Star Worksites.”

The OSHA program recognizes workplaces for their safety and health management systems for employee protection and for being self-sufficient in identifying and controlling workplace hazards, a news release says.

Hypertherm’s manufacturing facilities at 21 Great Hollow Road in Hanover, and 100 Etna Road in Lebanon, received the same recognition in 2011. Hypertherm, an associate owned company, has more than 1,300 employees along with operations and partner representation worldwide.

Ledyard National Bank has been named 2013 business of the year in the financial services/insurance category by Business NH Magazine.

Business NH Magazine and the New Hampshire Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives have been making the award for 22 years. It is given to organizations for their impact on their communities and industries.

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by Business NH Magazine for this prestigious award,” said Kathy Underwood, president and CEO of Ledyard National Bank. “We thank our employees, clients and community for their dedication and trust.”

Hanover-based Ledyard Financial Group Inc. is the holding company for Ledyard National Bank, which offers banking, investment, tax and wealth management services in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region. It has offices in Hanover, Lebanon, Lyme, New London, and West Lebanon, New Hampshire and in Norwich.

Owner Robert Woods has opened The Naughty Vine, a specialty wine shop, in the Moody Building on Opera House Square in Claremont.

The store sells regional wines from the six New England states as well as New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The Naughty Vine also carries regional artisan cheeses and chocolates. In keeping with a local focus, the shop’s decor features sculptures and other items from area artists. The store’s website is thenaughtyvine.com.

Swiss chocolatier Lindt will move its West Lebanon shop from the Staples Plaza to the PowerHouse Mall on Glen Road, with opening scheduled for June 20. “We are thrilled to open in a new West Lebanon location at the PowerHouse Mall,” said Christine Bullen, a vice president at Lindt USA, who called the new location an “exciting new space.” Lindt operates more than 45 retail locations in the United States.

Upcoming Event

The Upper Valley Score Chapter’s spring Internet business workshop series begins Thursday with a session on marketing fundamentals.

The series includes sessions on search engine optimization on June 20 and marketing through social media on June 27.

This series is designed for small and medium-sized businesses to more effectively use the Internet to market products and services

All classes are held at the Score offices on the Green in Lebanon at 20 West Park St., evenings from 6-9. The fee is $40 per class.

For information and to register, go to uppervalley.score.org.

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