Londonderry Company Expanding, Breaking Ground for the Future

Sep 20, 2012 No Comments by

Wire Belt Company of America. located at 154 Harvey Road in Londonderry, NH, held a ground breaking ceremony yesterday morning, for its new single-story manufacturing building which expands its existing facility by 12,000 square feet. Wire Belt’s decision to build additional manufacturing space was necessitated  by the introduction of the company’s newest product, Versa-Link™ conveyor belt. Wire Belt CEO, David Greer stated at the ceremony that, “ this new product line is taking up every inch in our existing facility. Looking into the future we knew it was time to expand our building.”

LEFT to RIGHT… Basil Panos, Wire Belt, Facilities/Compliance Manager, David Greer, Wire Belt, CEO, Tom Sullivan, Sullivan Construction, President, Andre Garron, Londonderry Planning & Economic Development Department, Director

Greer asked those attending the ceremony to take one thing away with them, “manufacturing is not dead.” He added, I believe that the only way we are going to get this country out of this ‘funk’ is to invest in, believe in, and support “Made in USA”. He went on to say; “we are very proud of our record; we have had 25 years without any layoffs. We even made it through the most recent recession – without any layoffs or hours being cut.  How? We used the time to invest in LEAN training for all employees and invested in our product range. We developed, designed, built, and put to market, a totally new metal conveyor belt called Versa-Link ™. This new product will help us break into new markets our current products are not quite right for – enabling us to grow our sales, markets, and create more jobs here in New Hampshire”.  Versa-Link™ is one of the most durable and open metal belts available for light to medium-duty applications.

Wire Belt Company has always had a strong commitment in protecting the earth’s natural resources, and has a very impressive record; having twice being the winner of BusinessNH’s “Lean and Green Award”, and the Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention. The new addition to the facility will focus on energy efficiency. With efficiency as a guiding principle Wire Belt has elected Sullivan Construction, Inc to oversee the project. The company is based in Bedford, NH and built the first LEEDS platinum level certified office building in the State of New Hampshire.

The Londonderry building will be built utilizing a high performance building envelope. The plant will capture rainwater from the roof for use in bathrooms and for other grey water uses. The façade of the building will use Wire Belt products as a “solar screen.” This will shade the windows from intense summer heat. High tech lighting, ripple insulated windows, and high efficiency HVAC units with economizers will also be part of the construction. Once the project is complete Wire Belt will add to its solar array so once again the company will be known for having the largest solar array in the State of New Hampshire.

Wire Belt a fourth generation family owned manufacturing company is the worldwide leader of stainless steel wired mesh conveyor belts that are used in the food processing industry all over the  world. Wire Belt Company of America is headquartered in Londonderry, NH and has additional facilities in the United Kingdom and Germany.

Also speaking at the Wire Belt ground breaking ceremony was, State Senator Sharon Carson who spoke about CEO David Greer’s ancestor, Jesse Wade Greer, who worked in a grocery store in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, and how he created this great company that is now located in Londonderry, NH.

Others in attendance were; Sullivan Construction President Tom Sullivan, Andre Garron, Economic Director for the Town of Londonderry. Cynthia May, Londonderry Town Planner, representatives of the Londonderry Commerce and Visitor Center, and representative from U.S. Senator Shaheen and Senator Ayotte’s offices who both read letters of praise for the company.

Wire Belt CEO Greer ended the ceremony by saying; “We are very proud of our plan to get America back to work, yes we did build it, and we will continue to build it, and it was done with the help of our employees and our great people.”

For more information on Wire Belt Company of American check out their website.

For more information on Sullivan Construction, Inc. check out their website.

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Kathy is very active in Londonderry and the southern New Hampshire Region. A advocate for business growth and a passion for outstanding community services, she brings life to the phrase "Business is Good. Life is Better!" to Londonderry. Serving as the Old Home Day Chairman since 1999 she has been a Londonderry Town Councilor, Trustee of the Leach Library, is presently Chairman of the demolition delay committee and serves or has served on many local boards and commissions.
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