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Patriot Foundry & Castings
It was 2008 and Chris Leuteritz, Owner/Manager of Patriot Foundry & Castings remembers it well, “For years my wife Debbi and I worked as engineers and felt it was time to buy a small business of our own. We purchased a foundry specializing in nonferrous metal casting. Little did we know the company had serious obstacles to overcome.”

Chris and Debbi worked quickly to convert their facility into a 10,000 square foot state-of-the-art casting operation. They invested heavily into the company’s infrastructure and replaced or repaired almost every major piece of equipment. Most importantly, they dramatically improved product quality, consistency and delivery times.

Today Patriot Foundry & Castings produces nonferrous castings for large and small companies in a variety of industries. These include aerospace, automotive, biotech, electronics, firefighting, food services, imaging, instrumentation, lighting, marine/dock hardware, material handling, medical, packaging, power/hand tools, statuary services and water services. Click here to read more.

FiberNext LLC
With its humble beginnings out of company owner Craig Bowden’s house in 2003, FiberNext LLC began as a technical training company for the fiber optics industry. However Craig quickly saw an opportunity and soon FiberNext was building fiber optic cable assemblies. This led to more customers who needed training, as well as their technicians and OEMs. With the workload expanding Craig brought on Ryan Irving as a manufacturer’s rep and distributor in 2005. It did not take long before Ryan was hired as FiberNext’s Chief Operating Office and CFO. They continued still with training as an important way to reach new customers and develop lasting relationships.

Since then FiberNext has become a versatile turnkey solutions provider for any company working with fiber optics. The company provides a wide variety of both technical services and custom manufactured products to meet customer needs. They focus on three profit centers- manufactured products, parts for resale, and service. Their product offerings include custom fiber assemblies for any application, and a full complement of both passive and active fiber optic networking products. Click here to read more.

Whitney Brothers
For a company to be around for 112 years they must be doing something right. What began in 1904 as a manufacturer of wooden wagons and doll house furniture for children, Whitney Brothers grew to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Early Learning and Institutional Childcare wooden furnishings and accessories for schools, childcare centers, Head Start facilities, churches, libraries, museums, and residential homes.

Safety, quality, innovation and value are what Whitney Brothers prides itself on. All materials are made of solid hardwoods and solid plywood laminates sourced from responsibly managed sustainable forests. Their manufacturing techniques achieve smooth, rounded edges, employ the strongest woodworking joints and are finished by hand. Doors and frames are designed with extra wide spaces in between, and use full length continuous hinges to prevent a child’s fingers from getting pinched. They test all knobs, handles, hooks, magnets and moving parts to ensure they are smooth, rounded, and firmly attached to prevent breaking free under rigorous use. Finishes are state-of-the-art, safe, non-toxic, durable and meet the most stringent safety requirements. Click here to read more.

RP Abrasives
RP Abrasives, located in Rochester, New Hampshire began in 1996 as a business serving manufacturers needing metal deburring and surface finishing. In 2002 Joe Shean, now President of RP Abrasives, and his wife were looking for a way to move back to New England. He came across RP Abrasives and decided to purchase the company.

When Joe arrived at the company they were in a long-term contract with a large mobile telecommunication company polishing parts for their phones. This customer was more than 80% of their business. Then the bottom fell out. “It was late 2002 and we thought everything was going very well,” said Shean, “But six months later the customer told us they were moving production over to China.” Click here to read more.

Orion Entrance Control, Inc.
From its humble beginnings out of a garage in 2009, to a 17,000 square foot facility today in Laconia, New Hampshire, Orion Entrance Control, Inc. has become the premier manufacturer of technically superior, architecturally pleasing optical turnstile solutions.

Steve Caroselli, President of Orion Entrance Control had worked in the security business for 22 years. This was long enough for him to realize he needed to make a change and strike out on his own. His technical expertise and knowledge of buildings security led him to develop turnstiles that not only functioned properly but were designed beautifully. Click here to read more.

Circuit Technology Incorporated (a.k.a. "Cirtech")
Circuit Technology Incorporated (a.k.a. “Cirtech”) is a privately owned company in Merrimack, New Hampshire. The company was started by Claire Parker in 1984. Back then Cirtech had about 4 employees and focused on manufacturing electronics and low-technology consignment kits.

Cirtech has grown considerably in the last 30+ years. Today the company houses 60 employees at their company owned 17,000 square foot facility and offers a complete line of electronic manufacturing services beyond basic circuit boards and electromechanical assemblies. Click here to read more.

Ceramco, Inc.
After arriving in Boston from Denmark in 1973, Dr. Anders Henriksen earned his Sc.D. in Ceramic Science in The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Henriksen moved to Chatham, New Hampshire in 1982 and started a consulting firm called Chatham Technology. Later that year his passion for product development led him to start Ceramco, Inc., as turnkey OEM manufacturer of custom technical ceramics of complex geometries for customer-specific applications.

After Dr. Henriksen’s passing in 2006, his son Thomas assumed leadership responsibilities of the business. Thomas’s qualifications as a Material Scientist readily fit his role in leading the company’s R&D initiatives as well. Today Ceramco is nestled in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and employs 24 at their 12,850 square foot headquarters located in Center Conway. Click here to read more.

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