Business Notes for Jan. 14: Claremont Chamber Names  The Ink Factory as Business of Year

Published: 1/14/2018 12:17:52 AM
North Hartland ToolExpands Manufacturing Plant

North Hartland — North Hartland Tool Corp., a manufacturer of precision gauges and fixtures for aerospace and other industries, has begun building a 4,700-square-foot addition to its 8,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on Evarts Road in North Hartland.

Ron Aldrich, operations manager at the company, said the 60 percent expansion in manufacturing space is being driven by the need for new tooling products used to manufacture of a new generation of turbine engines from clients Pratt & Whitney, General Electric and Rolls Royce.

“They all currently have new engines that they are putting out into the marketplace now,” Aldrich said in an interview. “So there is a lot of new tooling required to produce the new engines as well as new tooling to service the legacy engines.”

Privately-owned North Hartland Tool Corp. has about 47 employees at its North Hartland facility and about another 43 who work at company facilities in Barnet, Vt., and Vernon, Conn.

Aldrich said the plant expansion in North Hartland will accommodate the expected hiring of new workers at both the entry-level and experienced computer numerically controlled programmer level, including machinists and automation specialists.

Lowery Builders, of Lebanon, is overseeing the expansion project, which has a targeted March 1 completion date.

Commercial Real Estate Broker Opens Own Firm in Hanover

Hanover — Veteran commercial real estate broker and investment adviser Chip Brown, who has been associated with Norton Asset Management for the past five years, has formed his own commercial brokerage and advisory firm, BCR Brown Commercial Realty LLC.

Brown said in a news release that the coming retirement of Norton Asset principal Bill Norton led him to decide “it was the appropriate time to hang out my own flag.”

Brown’s offices are located at 44 South Main St., the corner of South Main Street and Lebanon Street in Hanover. Other tenants include Starbucks, Citizens Bank and Market Table.

Brown, of Etna, has been involved in several of the Upper Valley’s major commercial property transactions at Norton Asset Management in recent years, including representing Connecticut River Capital’s $8.2 million purchase of the Rivermill Commercial Center in Lebanon, The BaySon Co.’s purchase of the Lyme Inn and the sale of the former Eastman Pharmacy property on South Main Street in Hanover on behalf of the Edward M. Gherardi Revocable Trust in addition to the leasing of dozens of properties.

Loewen in White River Junction Becomes Platinum Dealership

White River Junction — Loewen Window Center of Vermont & New Hampshire, located at 52 Bridge St. in White River Junction, has been recognized by Loewen Inc. as a “platinum dealership,” a designation awarded to only the top 20 of the Canadian window manufacturer’s 175 dealerships in the United States.

The White River Junction Loewen dealership, opened in 2006, is co-owned by Steve Cary and his partner, Frank O’Donnell, and has an exclusive territory that covers all of Vermont and most of New Hampshire with the exception of the Seacoast region.

While the “platinum” designation is typically only associated with urban areas such as Boston or San Francisco, Carey attributed the White River Junction dealership’s high sales volume to the concentration of home construction and refurbishment in wealthy vacation communities such as Stowe, Killington, Middlebury and along Lake Champlain in Vermont and Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire.

Cary said the special recognition by Loewen enables his dealership to get a break on pricing from the company in addition to marketing support that will “help us to be more competitive and maybe a little more profitable, too.”

Springfield Printing Corp. Acquires N.H. Printing Company

Springfield, Vt. — Springfield Printing Corp. has acquired West Chesterfield, N.H.-based Prospect Park Press from owners Anne and Mike Reed.

“We had been looking for a quality printing and mailing company that could provide our existing customers with superior printing, as well as more options for growing their business. We found that with SPC ... they can handle just about any size project from small run brochures to large run catalogs and books,” the Reeds said in the news release.

Family-owned Springfield Printing is a digital and offset printing company with roots going back to 1878. The company is owned by brothers Mark Sanderson, president, and Bruce Sanderson, vice president of sales and marketing. They are the second generation of the Sanderson family to be involved with the printing company.

Vermont Fresh Network At King Arthur Flour

Norwich — On Jan. 22, King Arthur Flour will host the annual Vermont Fresh Network statewide meeting.

The Vermont Fresh Network (VFN) has worked since 1996 to connect farmers and chefs in Vermont. Over the last 22 years, it has grown to include a range of culinary professionals and food producers. The meeting is open to anyone engaged in food system work. It’s a venue for discussing issues and opportunities related to food sourcing by culinary professionals across the state.

This year the focus of the work sessions will be on initiatives marketing Vermont food experiences to audiences beyond Vermont and on workforce development.

“When you look at our culinary members, who range from fancy date night restaurants to local diners to office cafeterias, you realize how much this group of buyers influences what we eat every day ... and how important it is to foster the connection between them and our local food producers,” said Helen Labun, Vermont Fresh Network Executive Director. “In 2016, our members purchased over $45 million of locally grown or raised food — and we want to keep that number going up every year.”

The event runs from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with dessert from 3:30-4 p.m.. Registration includes lunch and is $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers.

A full agenda and registration link are found online at

Claremont Chamber Names The Ink Factory as Business of Year

Claremont — The Ink Factory, a custom printing and embroidering business that operates from a renovated mid-19th century mill building on Water Street, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.

Owners Jeff and Sarah Barrette purchased the equipment of a former sportswear printing business in 2009 and leased space on Pleasant Street until buying and restoring the brick mill building on Water Street in 2016. Jeff Barrette is also a county commissioner.

Other President’s Awards announced on Friday were Sean Edwards Roberts, young professional of the year; Southwestern Community Services, nonprofit organization of the year; Chuck Allen, citizen of the year; and Prescott Herzog, Model Youth of the Year.

Roberts is owner of director of a theater company, World Under Wonder in Weathersfield. He grew up in the area and has been working with youth in theater since 2007, collaborating frequently with area schools.

Southwestern Community Services, based in Keene, operates an office in Claremont and provides a variety of area services including bus transportation, fuel assistance, a homeless shelter and senior housing.

SCS stepped in and took over the bus services that serves Claremont, Newport and Charlestown when the former operator shut it down in September 2016.

Allen has been a central figure in the revitalization of the Arrowhead Skiing Area since 2000, devoting countless volunteer hours making sure the hill is ready for tubing, skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Last year Allen, who works with a core group of volunteers, including his son, Spencer, logged nearly 1,600 hours at Arrowhead.

Herzog, a Stevens High School freshman and vice president of his class, is involved in a number of school-related activities including Fuel Up to Play 60, student government, the Key Club, JV soccer and is also a Boy Scout.

The awards will be formally presented at the chamber’s annual banquet on Jan. 26 at the Common Man Restaurant.

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