LONDONDERRY — It’s exactly the business success the town needs.
As Wire Belt celebrated its new expanded facility on Harvey Road last week, Town Manager Kevin Smith said the business was a success story for the town and its workforce.
“Londonderry is poised to be the center of economic development in this area of New England,” Smith said.
He joined Wire Belt officials and state and local dignitaries to help cut the ribbon on the facility’s new single-story addition.
Wire Belt is a fourth-generation, family-owned business. Jesse Greer started the company in 1947.
The Greer family said its business is a leader in the production of stainless steel wire mesh conveyor belts, used in the food processing industry all over the world.
Londonderry is the company’s U.S. headquarters. The business also has facilities in Germany and the United Kingdom.
The addition adds about 25 percent more floor space to the existing building, holding both office and manufacturing areas.
The new space gives Wire Belt better capacity for producing its Compact-Grid and Versa-Link products with new production lines and is a step toward the company’s long-term goal of keeping manufacturing jobs in New Hampshire while securing future growth in the industry.
The new space utilizes features that are environmentally friendly, upgraded lighting and a reduction in the amount of paper used for business and marketing.
The company earned a Governor’s Award for pollution prevention.
“We are proud to manufacture our belts right here in Londonderry,” Wire Belt CEO and president David Greer said. “We know that New Hampshire depends on the manufacturing industry and we couldn’t be more thrilled to use this new addition to contribute to our local economy.”
Greer began working in the business during summer breaks when he was a student. He became CEO in 1988.
Wire Belt moved to Londonderry in 1989 from Winchester, Mass., where it was located for 24 years.
Since coming to Londonderry, the company has added two new conveyor belt lines and has hired many new employees. The Londonderry workforce is approximately 100 workers.