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North Country
4:01 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Industrial Auction Firm Highest Bidder for Isaacson Steel

Chris Jensen for NHPR

At an auction today/Wednesday in Manchester an Ohio company made the highest bid for the bankrupt Isaacson Steel. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Last year Isaacson filed for bankruptcy leaving the future of about 150 North-Country workers in doubt.

Earlier this year a Whitefield firm bought a small portion of the business, an action expected to save about 20 jobs. But the larger portion was auctioned off.

William Gannon. represents Isaacson.

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North Country
5:55 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Hopes For Saving Isaacson Steel Jobs in Berlin Fading

Chris Jensen for NHPR

Hopes that someone would buy bankrupt Isaacson Steel in Berlin and continue the business are fading. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Throughout Isaacson’s bankruptcy the hope has been that someone would buy the steel-fabricating firm, operate it and save about 130 jobs.

That seems less likely now.

filing in federal district court Monday shows a Texas firm that specializes in selling off industrial equipment has a tentative deal to buy Isaacson’s assets.

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North Country
3:39 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Federal Prison in Berlin Hiring Now, But No Guests For A Year

Deborah Schult, the warden of the Federal Correctional Institute in Berlin.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

The Federal Correctional Institute in Berlin probably won’t get its first inmates for about a year but it has begun hiring, says Deborah Schult, the warden.

“Right now our major focus is staffing, staffing, staffing,” Schult said Friday night at the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner in Gorham.

The prison had been empty while awaiting funding from Congress, which came late last year.

“Last year we had 16 of us on site. Now we have hired 32,” she said.

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North Country
10:21 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Report: Buyer for Isaacson Falls Through

New Hampshire Business Review is reporting that a potential buyer for the Isaacson Structural Steel in Berlin has fallen through.

The review reports Heico, a construction conglomerate, was seriously considering buying the company but has since backed out.

An auction is currently set for February 29th, raising a question about the future of the company’s roughly 150 employees.

North Country
5:03 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Can An Automatic Pellet Boiler Lure Consumers Away From Heating Oil?

Peter Canning of Berlin figures he'll save enough on heating in three years to recoup the $5,000 his new boiler cost. He's participating in the Model Neighborhood Project.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

A pilot project in Berlin is helping homeowners get sophisticated boilers that are automatically fed wood pellets.

The idea is to persuade people throughout the region that they can save money and say goodbye to oil while bolstering the region’s forest economy.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

 

Peter Canning is in basement of his home on a hillside overlooking Berlin.

He’s showing off his new wood-pellet boiler.

“You can open up down in the bottom here. I can show you how the pellets come in if you want to kneel down here and take a peek.”

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North Country
10:51 am
Fri February 10, 2012

Bass Holds Town Meeting in Berlin Saturday

Congressman Charlie Bass will hold a town meeting in Berlin Saturday, February 11th, from 11 a.m. to noon in Berlin’s City Hall.

“Constituents with questions, comments, or those in need of assistance on a federal matter are welcome to attend,” according to a news release from Bass’ office.

North Country
11:12 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Report: Chicago Firm Interested In Isaacson Steel

Chris Jensen for NHPR

A Chicago-based company – The Heico Companies - is interested in buying Isaacson Steel in Berlin, which is undergoing bankruptcy, the New Hampshire Business Review is reporting today.

The Business Review quoted “several parties involved with the bankruptcy,” as the source.

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North Country
10:56 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Talent Team: Helping Those Eager For Job At The Federal Prison

Josh St. Onge says the North Country Talent Team has been a terrific help in applying for a job at the Federal Correctional Institute in Berlin.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

Josh St. Onge spent about three hours working on a resume to apply for one of the new jobs at the Federal Correctional Institute in Berlin. Good thing he didn’t just turn it in.

“It was nothing close to what needed to be done,” said St. Onge after getting help from the Northern New Hampshire Talent Team.

The Talent Team is a coalition of North Country groups working to help people interested in jobs at the federal prison with the rigorous and complex job application.

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North Country
3:31 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Whitefield Company Wants To Buy Part of Isaacson Steel

David Presby, the owner of Presby Environmental, formed Presby Steel late in December.
Chris Jensen for NHPR

A Whitefield firm wants to buy part of Isaacson Steel in Berlin and hopes to save those jobs. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Last year Isaacson Steel in Berlin filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The company has about 150 employees in two operations.

One does steel fabrication for buildings.

The other, much smaller operation, sells steel. It has 19 employees.

The smaller operation is what Presby Steel of Whitefield wants to buy.

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North Country
10:31 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Berlin Gets A Plan For Reviving Downtown

An ambitious plan to revitalize Berlin’s downtown and make it the social and economic focus of the city is finished and now officials are looking around for millions of dollars to carry it out.

"The downtown is the heart of the community. If people come through our downtown and don’t feel it is alive the people will pass on and go to another community,” said Sylvia Poulin, the chairperson of the Main Street Program.

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North Country
10:40 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Why Maine - and Berlin - Lost the Aircraft Jobs

Wisconsin lured Kestrel Aircraft away from Maine – and consequently Berlin – with a far stronger, multi-million dollar package, the Portland Press Herald is reporting.

Here’s what the newspaper says each state offered Kestrel.

WISCONSIN:

$30 million in tax credit allocations immediately through the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority

$30 million in tax credit allocations by the end of 2012 through the Wisconsin development authority

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North Country
10:51 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Berlin Loses Aircraft Parts Jobs To Wisconsin

The six-to-eight passenger aircraft will be assembled in Wisconsin.
Kestrel Aircraft

The hope for hundreds of new jobs in Berlin making aircraft parts has apparently evaporated. NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

Last year a new start-up company called Kestrel Aircraft said it was considering building parts in Berlin.

CEO Alan Klapmeier said the plant might be located next to the new biomass plant.

It would use heat from that facility to produce high-tech, composite bodies for the new plane.

That would mean at least 150 to 200 jobs, Klapmeier said.

The six-to-eight passenger plane would be assembled nearby in Maine.

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North Country
3:55 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

Wisconsin Tries to Lure Aircraft Company Away From Maine - and Berlin

A newspaper in Duluth, Minn. is reporting that Wisconsin officials have offered Kestrel Aircraft land for an assembly plant, a move that could greatly reduce the chances Kestrel would make parts in Berlin.

But in a telephone interview Thursday afternoon Kate Doughtery, a spokeswoman for Kestrel, told NHPR that no decision has been made on the plant's location.

Last year it looked like Kestrel, a new start-up company, would build the aircraft in Maine.

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North Country
4:01 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Job Fair For Berlin Biomass Plant But There Is A Catch

The Berlin Daily Sun is reporting there will be a job fair in Berlin next Thursday (Nov. 10th) for the new biomass plant but the construction workers must either be union members or agree to temporarily pay union dues.

“The job fair is being held by the New Hampshire Building Trades Council which will be providing union workers for the construction of the facility,” the newspaper reported.

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North Country
11:27 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Berlin Mayor Unhappy With Ayotte's No Vote on Prison Funds

The New Hampshire Union Leader is reporting that Berlin mayor Paul Grenier is not happy that Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) voted against a bill that included funding to allow the new federal prison to finally open. “I am deeply angered, saddened and mystified that Senator Ayotte voted against creating 332 jobs,” Grenier told the newspaper. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D) voted in favor of the bill.

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