Derry: Gov. John Lynch takes a minute to talk to Marc LaPointe, technology operations director, while touring Cedar Point Communications last week.

One of the most successful businesses in the state was praised by the state's top official last week for its performance.

Gov. John Lynch visited Cedar Point Communications Inc. of Derry last Friday to recognize the business for being named the fastest growing company in the state by Business NH Magazine and the second-fastest growing telecommunications company in the country by Inc., a magazine for business entrepreneurs.

In three years, Cedar Point Communications has seen its annual revenues grow from $455,204 to $68.1 million, and they are selling their products in 17 countries.

One of the things the company prides itself on is that 85 percent of their 210 employees are from New Hampshire. All work in three 45,000-square-foot buildings on Route 111.

Although company executives told Lynch they are happy with their Derry location, they are looking to expand but are having trouble finding space in Southern New Hampshire that can accommodate their growing business.

Derry officials are currently discussing how to expand business in town.

"We want you to stay in Derry and we're going to work tirelessly to do that," said Council Chairman Craig Bulkley, who joined the tour along with several other town officials.

During the stop, Lynch received a demonstration of the company's products, including video telephones, high definition telephones and an alert system that operates through telephone lines.

The company supplies its technology to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and last week George Kassas, founder and executive vice president of the company, said Cedar Point has recently been in discussion with Virginia Tech to install its alert system at the university. Kassas said the technology would alert students and faculty of an emergency, like the shooting last year that left 32 students dead.

"If we save one life, that would be well worth it," Kassas said.

Following the Derry visit, Lynch also visited Matthew Thornton Elementary School in Londonderry, reading to the fourth-graders.

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