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Monthly archive for December 2009

Safe for 29 months in a row!

Zero Claims AwardGraphicast likes to think we gave the judges for this year’s Business NH Magazine’s “Best Companies to Work For” plenty of reasons to chose us.

Because of the nature of our business , we work with a several safety organizations to make sure we are current on regulations and maintain  a safe work environment.  Often, we have these people in for facility inspections.  It is a good check and balance system that keeps us on track.

Graphicast is a member of Sigma-One (Concord NH).  Graphicast was a founding member  of this self insured trust that provides workers’ compensation insurance and achieves the benefits commonly associated with “conventional” insurance often found at much larger companies.

At our last facility visit, the Sigma-One group presented an award to Graphicast  for our Claims Management.  The Graphicast team has gone 29 months without a claim!  This accomplishment speaks volumes about the people at our facility and the effort we put into safety. To be recognized and awarded for Zero Claims brings us a great sense of accomplishment. Have a safe and healthy New Year!

Graphicast Featured in Business NH Magazine’s Best Company Issue

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A full page of Business NH Magazine’s December 2009 issue is devoted to Graphicast’s successful quest to become a Best Company to Work For in New Hampshire in 2009.

Check out the article here

Graphicast Featured in Automation World

Graphicast’s lean manufacturing journey is highlighted in this article from the July 2009 edition of “Automation World“.

Val Zanchuk at 2nd annual VISUAL User Education Conference

One of the highlights of this year’s second annual VISUAL User Education Conference was hearing our own Val Zanchuk talk about how Graphicast has thrived in such a difficult economy. Val shared his application of new business process and technology strategies. If you missed the event, Synergy Resources, has posted a summary of the event, along with video highlights from the presentations.

Watch Val’s Presentation here.

Graphicast LTA Casting Process on YouTube

Val ZanchukWe now have a computer simulation of our casting process available (see video below or visit the Graphicast YouTube channel). This  9 second video shows how the mold smoothly fills with Graphicast’s LTA casting process and how the temperature of the metal changes with time during the casting cycle.  

Simulation software provided by CX Technologies (www.cx-technologies.com)

Graphicast Named Among Top Ten Companies in New Hampshire

Manchester, NH — Business NH Magazine and NH Businesses for Social Responsibility are proud to announce the 2009 Best Companies to Work For in NH.

BestCompany2009At a time when the economy is testing the most solid company cultures, this year’s Best Companies to Work For competition demonstrates how making employees partners in a company’s success is not only good for morale, but also good for the bottom line. Respect for employees, no layoff policies and creative strategies to keep everyone employed have earned Wire Belt Company of America in Londonderry the title of Best Small Company to Work For in NH, and Hypertherm Inc. in Hanover the title of the Best Large Company to Work For in NH, in Business NH Magazine’s 13th annual competition.

Wire Belt has 94 employees in NH, and Hypertherm has 870 in NH (1,077 total.) Both are profiled with eight other Best Companies to Work For in the December issue of Business NH Magazine.

Named to the Best Large Companies list are:

#1- Hypertherm Inc. in Hanover (1,077 total employees/870 in NH)

#2- Comcast in Manchester (100,000 total employees/1,500 in NH)

#3- St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua (2,032 total/NH employees)

#4- BAE Systems in Nashua (9,000 total employees/4,736 in NH)

#5- RiverWoods at Exeter in Exeter (338 total/NH employees)

Named to the Best Small Companies list are:

#1- Wire Belt Company of America in Londonderry (94 total/NH employees)

#2- Dynamic Network Services Inc. in Manchester (29 total/NH employees)

#3- Clark-Mortensen Agency Inc. in Keene (52 total employees/47 in NH)

#4- BittWare in Concord (40 total employees/30 in NH)

#5- Graphicast Inc. in Jaffrey (28 total/NH employees)

Stryker Biotech of Lebanon enters the Hall of Fame, which honors companies that have been named Best Companies to Work For four out of the past five years.

Companies across New Hampshire answered Business NH Magazine’s call to compete, completing extensive applications detailing their benefit packages, company culture, communication and employee development strategies, workplace philosophies and letters of support from employees. The field was narrowed to 21 semi-finalists by a panel of Business NH Magazine judges. From there, a panel of four outside judges evaluated all 21 applications while site tour judges, consisting of CEOs and human resources professionals from across the state, visited each company to interview their CEO and employees and tour the facility. Bruce Mast and Associates in Exeter organized the site tours. The outside panel of judges then reviewed scores from the applications and the site tours to determine the 10 finalists.

The 11 semi-finalists are: Bottomline Technologies in Portsmouth, Colby-Sawyer College in New London, Harbor Homes Inc. in Nashua, Lonza in Portsmouth, McLane Law Firm in Manchester, Southern NH Health System in Nashua, Geophysical Survey Systems Inc. in Salem, On Call International in Salem, PixelMEDIA in Portsmouth, Whipple Hill Communications in Bedford, and Wiggin & Nourie, P.A. in Manchester.

This year’s judges include: Therese Gesel-Towne, principal consultant and president of Aegis Consulting in Bedford; Daniel W. Griffiths, state director of the Human Resources Council State Council of NH; David Henderson, executive director of the Safety and Health Council of Northern New England in Concord; and Molly Hodgson Smith, executive director of NH Businesses for Social Responsibility in Concord.

The 2009 Best Companies to Work For in NH offer their employees an impressive variety of benefits, from on-site gyms and childcare, to profit sharing and tuition reimbursement.  One thing they all have in common is the creativity and flexibility to keep their employees motivated and happy. While not immune to recessions, the Best Companies to Work For have a strategic advantage—motivated, loyal employees.


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phone: 603-532-4481
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