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big growth for claremont

Claremont, New Hampshire is flourishing.  Economic Development is occurring in every corner of the city.  Four major projects are under way, expanding Claremont's manufacturing sector, making room for growth at key Claremont employers, and continuing the expansion of the River Road industrial area.

CANAM BRIDGES, a division of the CANAM Group, bought a lot next door to their existing 250,000 square foot facility, to accommodate the company’s growing demand. CANAM has secured major bridge contracts in recent months, including the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York, and is adding employees fast.

NORTH COUNTRY SMOKEHOUSE has secured the rights to 3 parcels in the Syd Clarke Industrial Park for their expansion. A long-time Claremont company, North Country was purchased by Les Spécialités Prodal, a Canadian firm who made the decision to expand the operation in Claremont. North Country has secured planning and zoning approvals for a 67,000 square foot office and food production facility.

NEW HAMPSHIRE INDUSTRIES, purchased a 130,000 square foot facility in Claremont last year. NHI is moving their headquarters to Claremont, bringing over 70 jobs with them and paving the way for future expansions. Company president John Seavers says “New Hampshire Industries is the premier global manufacturer of rugged mechanical power transfer products including Idler & Drive Pulleys, Blade Adaptors, Timing Pulleys, Machined Components & Custom Assemblies. The NHI team consists of approximately 70 employees and we hope to grow this number significantly in the coming years.”

JEWELL TRUCKING bought and developed a parcel in the Syd Clarke Industrial Park, constructing a 14,000 square foot office and trucking depot to accommodate their company’s growth.

Crown point hosts the young african leaders initiative 

This article is published here courtesy of Crown Point Cabinetry : 

Crown Point recently hosted a group of Fellows through the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and Dartmouth College.  The group of 25 entrepreneurs from all over the African continent toured the cabinet shop to learn more about our business practices as a family-owned company in its 38th year.

Many of the Fellows come from a start up/small company background and were interested in learning about how the Stowell family grew the business from a one-room garage to a 100,000 square foot facility.

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stevens high renovations completed 

The City of Claremont and SAU 6 have seen major renovations completed at its historic Stevens High School.

The upgrades  include site features as well as internal reconfiguration of classrooms and energy systems. On the exterior of the building, which is sited in a prominent location on Broad Street, a new main entry has been constructed that is ADA accessible. A new parking layout and new event entry at the auditorium have also been added, which will improve bus service and create safer pedestrian walkways.

Interior upgrades included meeting current building and fire code requirements with mechanical, plumbing and electrical upgrades and increasing accessibility by upgrading key building features. The renovations also created consolidated science lab and classroom area and eliminated outdated spaces and storage areas. A new biomass/wood pellet heating system, new windows, building and roof insulation will decrease costs and improve heat and noise issues on the south side of the building.

The renovation of this historic institution in the City Center will benefit students, staff and visitors for years to come! 

River Valley and Granite State join forces

This article is published here courtesy of the Eagle Times: 

Two colleges are entering into an agreement today that could have a large impact on the future of the city.

Leaders with Granite State College and River Valley Community College are meeting in Concord this evening to sign a memorandum of understanding that will establish a program that allows River Valley students the opportunity to earn degrees through Granite State, said River Valley President Alicia Harvey-Smith.

“It’s really exciting,” Harvey-Smith said. “I think it’s big for Claremont.”

The agreement lays out a two-year pilot program that will send River Valley students to the downtown Granite State campus for classes where they can earn an associate bachelor's, or even a master's degree, Harvey-Smith said...

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Planning and Development department produces "made in Claremont"

The Planning and Development Department at the City produced a short video, titled "Made in Claremont," as part of a larger effort to highlight the growth in the manufacturing sector in the City. Take a look below! 

Claremont savings bank community center opens

Photo by Jaime Richardson, Claremont Savings Bank

NH Governor Maggie Hassan joined residents and city officials in opening day ceremonies at the new Community Center on March 1, 2013.  Crowds were on hand to tour the building, purchase memberships and listen to speakers celebrating the partnerships that made the opening possible.  City Manager Guy Santagate spoke of the pride and spirit of the community and stated "When the Claremont community needs something done they come together and make it happen."  Governor Hassan pointed to the project as a model and "proof of what is possible when the private and public sectors work together." Mayor Jim Nielsen encouraged those in attendance to keep moving Claremont forward.  

Afternoon activities included swimming in the two pools, exhibitions in the gym and music in the community room, while residents tried out the new exercise equipment and walking track in the 19,000 square foot facility.   Claremont Savings Bank donated the land for the new Community Center, which abuts the Sugar River Technical School, Claremont Middle School, rail trail, Arrowhead Ski area, and Moody Park.  The campus feel and easy accessibility have made the project an important asset in the City Center.

The City of Claremont would like to thank the following donors who made contributions to the project:

Claremont Savings Bank
The Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation
Crown Point Employee Foundation
Von Webber Trust
Osgood Construction
Leo & Tawnya Courtemanche
Mark & Cody White
Claremont Tiger Sharks
Robert & Marcellene Landry
Claremont Glassworks Inc.
Claremont Dunkin Donuts - The Scrivanos Family
John & Gayle Napsey
Claremont Brewfest
Peabody Electric
Treadsetters Running Club
Greater Claremont Fund - NH Charitable Foundation
Wayne McCutcheon & Associates
The Claremont Lyoness Club
Nicholas & Arline Marro
Adult Coed Softball League
Rod Viens
Raymond & Mary Chiasson
Lake Sunapee Bank
In Memory of Tony Silva
Silver Maples
Water Works - In Memory of Joanne Goodrich
Clark Mortenson Insurance
Community Development Finance Authority
Claremont Savings Bank (CDFA)
AB Gile (CDFA)
Laconia Savings Bank (CDFA)
Connecticut River Bank (CDFA)
Lake Sunapee Bank (CDFA)
Michaud & Sammon (CDFA)
New England School of Hair Design (CDFA)
KM Gagnon Inc. (CDFA)
2 Anonymous Donors (CDFA)