Bond would bring manufacturing jobs to NH Seacoast

By Tom Fahey, The Union Leader
Posted June 22, 2011, at 5:54 a.m.

CONCORD — Among a list of nearly 400 contracts the Executive Council plans to consider Wednesday will be a proposal expected to bring 55 manufacturing jobs to the Seacoast.

Lighthouse Manufacturing Inc., a precision metalworking company in Peabody, Mass., plans to relocate to Portsmouth if it obtains funding through $1.8 million in state Business Finance Authority bonds.

The BFA financing is part of a $2.4 million plan to purchase property and build a new plant on Mirona Road in Portsmouth.

If the council approves the BFA bonds, the company plans to start work on a 41,500-square-foot building right away, and would complete it this fall. Lighthouse produces components for the defense and aerospace industry.

The Lighthouse proposal is part of a thick agenda that typically comes to the Executive Council late in the fiscal year, when state departments face a deadline for spending money on contracts for the coming year.

Among other contracts coming up for approval this week is a 10-year, $14 million power agreement with Concord Steam Corp. in Concord to provide steam heat to state-owned facilities. The contract takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.

Dartmouth College has a five-year, $36 million contract pending under which it would provide adult and juvenile psychiatric care, elderly services, and medical care for Medicaid clients at a variety of state facilities. Dartmouth has worked with the state on similar care agreements for 24 years.

New Hampshire Healthy Kids Corp. has proposed a $23 million contract to provide outreach and enrollment for the state’s Healthy Kids Gold and Silver plans. The contract runs through June 2012, when the program is slated to be placed under the Department of Health and Human Services.

HHS has also brought contracts that spend $8.7 million with several providers for care of those with brain injuries and acquired disorders; $5.6 million on agencies that provide services for children with special medical needs; $2.4 million on a network of more than a dozen groups that provide services to the homeless; and more than $5 million for programs that assist the elderly with a variety of long-term care services and support.

The Department of Education has proposed a pair of two-year contracts totaling $7.9 million with Measured Progress Inc. of Dover. A $1.6 million contract calls for the company to develop, score and analyze a science assessment test, the other for it to handle the New England Common Assessment Program.

The Executive Council plans to hold public hearings Wednesday afternoon on Gov. John Lynch’s nomination of N. William Delker as a Superior Court justice, and Ann Rice as deputy attorney general.

The New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester

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