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Concord company finds use for old SNHU furniture in Somalia, Armenia

  • Dan Fielders, a subcontractor for Diamond Relocation pushes a desk up into a container truck bound for either Somalia or Armenia at Washington Hall on the SNHU campus in Hooksett on Monday. More than 1,000 pieces of furniture were donated from the residence hall. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • The container truck that will be transporting the donated furniture to Somalia and Armenia from the SNHU campus is parked outside Washington Hall on Monday. More than 1,000 pieces of furniture from Washington Hall were donated. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Monday, May 15, 2017

Enough furniture to fill 11 shipping containers is being collected from the campus of Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester this week and sent to charities in Somalia and Armenia.

The Concord-based company coordinating the effort, called IRN, works with colleges, public schools, corporations, hospitals and other entities when they’re replacing furniture to find a new use for it.

Marketing Strategist Tucker Jadczak said the company will spend four days filling trucks carrying 40-foot ocean containers, which will be driven to a port and sent overseas.

SNHU is “undergoing a renovation, so we’re the first piece in that puzzle, because they need to get everything out of the dorms,” Jadczak said. “It’ll constantly be furniture coming down and going right up into the trailer.”

Jadczak said some of the furniture will go to a new housing community that is being built in Somalia, and the rest will go to Armenia.

IRN works with 201 charities that make requests for furniture, Jadczak said. About 60 percent of the recipients are outside the country, he said.

The company started in New Hampshire about 15 years ago, he said, and now operates in 25 states. It has about 15 employees based in different parts of the country.

The project at SNHU will be the second this year in New Hampshire, he said, following a smaller-scale removal from Concord High School in January that sent furniture to Jamaica.

Casella, which manages waste and recycling for SNHU, hired IRN for the project.

(Nick Reid can be reached at 369-3325, nreid@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at
@NickBReid.)