Mike Currier knew what it was like to be out of work.
The Littleton resident had worked for years at the Wausau Paper mill before the plant shut down. Now, as operations manager for a heavy equipment distributor in Littleton, Mike saw an opportunity to become a job creator.
When upper management of Rotobec was looking for a facility to assemble a new line of heavy-duty grappling claws, Mike argued that could do it in New Hampshire. He envisioned adding an assembly line to their 10,000 square foot warehouse.
“I knew we could find the people in Littleton to run the equipment,” says Mike. “I knew we could do it if we just had the chance.”
Management agreed to take that chance on New Hampshire. But in order to add the high-end machining equipment needed to fabricate the parts, the company was going to need some financial assistance.
With the help of the town of Littleton, North Country Council and the Grafton County Economic Development Corporation, Rotobec USA received a $175,000 equipment loan through a Community Development Block Grant. This helped the company purchase two machines to make the necessary parts.
Adding manufacturing to the Littleton facility created ten new jobs, six of which were available for low- to moderate-income residents.
This is a good job and I’m really proud of the product we make here,” said Jamie Garneau, who liked the fact that the manufacturing job was near his home.
“I’ve seen my share of jobs leave the area,” Mike says. “It feels really good to be able to bring some back.”