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Magazine names top 10 companies to work for in N.H.

In its December issue, Business NH Magazine identified what it considers the 10 best companies to work for in the state. Here are a few highlights:

∎ At Wire Belt Company of America, based in Londonderry, new employees get a Hawaiian shirt to wear on Fridays. The company also has a 9/80 work week, in which employees work 80 hours over nine days, taking every other Friday or Monday off. Wire Belt was ranked No. 1 among small companies.

∎ At the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Portsmouth, employees get four weeks paid sabbatical after seven years of employment. The company was ranked No. 3 among small companies.

∎ At Adimab LLC in Lebanon, employees are treated to free breakfast every day, free lunch at least twice a week – and get a $100 gift card on their birthday. The company was ranked No. 4 among small companies.

∎ At Hypertherm in Hanover, employees get three days of paid time off annually for volunteering. The company was ranked No. 1 among large companies.

∎ At Lonza Biologics Inc. in Portsmouth, employees have access to on-site dry cleaning. The company was ranked No. 3 among large companies.

Also recognized among small companies were Bellwether Community Credit Union of Manchester (2) and W. S. Badger Co. of Gilsum (5). Also honored among large companies was Newmarket International of Portsmouth (2), CCA Global Partners of Manchester (4) and Parker Hannifin Corp. – Precision Fluidics Division of Hollis (5).

State hospital improvements

North Branch Construction of Concord recently completed exterior improvements to New Hampshire Hospital on Clinton Street.

The work included a complete roof replacement, masonry veneer repair, replacement of exterior wall materials and other site improvements. According to a press release from the company, the work was completed a week early and under budget.

Construction in Plymouth

A second Concord construction company, Cobb Hill Construction, recently completed the Grafton County Enterprise Center in Plymouth, a three-story office building for startup companies developed by the Grafton County Economic Development Commission and Plymouth State University.

“The project faced significant challenges given its location and proximity to busy streets, retail stores and a railroad,” Cobb Hill said in a press release.

Two floors in the building are dedicated to office and meeting space for startups. The building is faced with brick, split-face block, metal and cement board plank siding.

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