Fri February 15, 2013
New Plant In Colebrook Takes Up An Old Family Business
Back in the 1950s, at a plant near the Balsams hotel, the Neil Tillotson family was producing products like balloons, latex gloves and disposable plastic eyedroppers.
But a little more than two years ago, the Dixville Notch plant was forced to shut down when the Tillotson Corporation prepared to sell its Balsams resort.
But now Rick Tillotson, one of the sons of the plant’s original owner, is opening a new 100,000-square foot plant in nearby Colebrook to produce some of the same items.
Tillotson says it’s a dream he’s had since the plant closed.
“It really feels wonderful to have some of our North Country people not only employed again but putting out a state-of-the-art polymer product,” says Tillotson.
Tillotson says by early next month he expects to have 10 employees.
The first product is a disposable plastic eyedropper but Tillotson also plans to produce latex balloons and gloves.
The new company, Tillotson Performance Polymers, is a joint venture with Alain Boisvert who owns Abco Inc. in Quebec.