September 2, 2015
NH’s Best Companies to Work For named
in September issue of Business NH Magazine
Manchester, NH – Business NH Magazine is announcing the 2015 Best Companies To Work For in NH in its September edition due out on Monday.
For 19 years, Business NH Magazine and its partner, the NH Businesses for Social Responsibility, have recognized businesses that go out of their way to create fun and high engagement workplaces for their employees through the Best Companies To Work For competition. This year’s Best Companies To Work For exemplify how developing a respectful, creative and supportive corporate culture can bring a company to new heights.
We decided to change things up this year and revamped the competition, focusing more on employees. Th2 2015 competition included an employee engagement survey that had to be taken by at least 50 percent of a company’s workforce. Employers also completed an extensive survey detailing benefits and workplace practices. By combining the results from the employee engagement surveys with results from the employer survey, we found 18 companies that exceeded the bar of excellence.
Medtronic broke onto the list this year grabbing the Number 1 Best Company To Work For. In 2013, their first year in the competition, they were a semifinalist. Vapotherm in Exeter landed the Number 2 spot on our list.
The following are being named the Top 5 Best Companies:
#1 – Medtronic Advanced Energy in Portsmouth (400+ employees)
#2 – Vapotherm in Exeter (121 employees)
#3 – Digital Prospectors Corp in Exeter (25 employees)
#4 – Bellwether Community Credit Union in Manchester (82 employees)
#5 – Wire Belt Company of America in Londonderry (90 employees)
Listed in alphabetical order, the remaining Best Companies:
• Adaptive Communications in Portsmouth (54 employees)
• American Health Centers, Inc. in Portsmouth (19 employees)
• BANK W Holdings, LLC in Bedford (86 employees)
• CCA Global Partners in Manchester (370 employees)
• Compass Therapeutics, LLC in Hanover (7 employees)
• DSCI in Manchester (118 employees)
• Graphicast, Inc. in Jaffrey (29 employees)
• International Association of Privacy Professionals in Portsmouth (79 employees)
• Loftware in Portsmouth (103 employees)
• MassMutual Northern New England in Bedford (19 employees)
• Merchants Fleet Management in Hooksett (269 employees)
• Parker Hannifin Corporation in Hollis (57,447 employees)
• W.S. Badger Company Inc. in Gilsum (64 employees)
December 7, 2010
Graphicast was again named among the 10 Best Small Companies to work for in New Hampshire by Business NH Magazine. For the fifth year in a row, Graphicast’s culture and employee benefits made it one of the prime employers in the state. “Even in these tough economic times and with the sluggish recovery, I think we’ve maintained a consistency that resonates with our employees. Our employees are loyal and recognize the efforts we’ve made to keep things as normal as possible.’”
July 30, 2010
Dave Gregory, whose experience includes over ten years of quality management and twenty years of machine design, has joined Graphicast as our Manufacturing Process/Quality Engineer. Dave’s focus and methodical approach to manufacturing will help us move to the next level of capability and quality, including our effort to become an ISO 9001:2008 certified facility within the year.
June 15, 2010
We’re closing in on the end of our fiscal year. This year was about the same as last year from a sales volume standpoint. However, the level of activity and optimism we’re seeing indicates that we should be off to a good start for fiscal year 2011. Here’s a snapshot of views from our sales reps around the country:
“Business is good now. Economy is good and seeing a lot of projects to bid.
I know already that I’m losing some business, so I need to replace that with new business.”
“The pipeline for next year is getting filled with five new die castings, three permanent mold jobs, six new sand castings, and three new powdered metal parts all so far this year. All this work should get me back to fiscal 2008 level. It’s been a roller coaster couple of years but it looks like a nice upswing right now.”
“Customers seem to have a more positive outlook than in the past year and we are seeing orders from customers that have been quiet for some time. It appears that they are willing to consider new ideas and ways to manufacture parts but we are also seeing orders for parts that have been basically stagnant for a long time.”
So there you have it. Real news from real people. I hope the rest of you are seeing similar optimism.
May 3, 2010
Dennis Munsinger, our friend and colleague, passed away on April 24, 2010. Last week was a sad one at Graphicast, as we tried to deal with the sudden and unexpected death of our friend. Dennis was an exceptional engineer who freely shared his knowledge and experience with everyone at Graphicast. We all relied on him for some sort of help or assistance every day. He will be missed as an important part of the company, and as a friend and generous person.
April 22, 2010
Interzinc, the zinc casting market development organization (www.interzinc.org), made a swing through Texas with seminars in Dallas, Austin and Houston. The seminars received enthusiastic response from attendees who learned how zinc castings can produce lower cost and better performing parts due to the excellent mechanical properties of zinc alloys and the efficient casting processes
Doug Rourke – International Zinc Association
April 22, 2010
I recently heard from a contact in Europe about an opportunity for ZA12 castings. One of our customers in the United States suggested to an affiliated European company to look into ZA12 castings for some of their component needs. Through a nationwide search effort for a supplier, my contact saw the inquiry and quickly directed the European company’s buyer to our website and our videos on YouTube. Interest is growing and there may be opportunities for both Graphicast and my contact to supply this need.
Having content about Graphicast on various sites on the web is one of the benefits of using social media outlets. Through the many networks of contacts you can establish, and a little dedication to keeping those networks updated, a company can achieve a global presence through social media.
April 16, 2010
The New Hampshire MEP is sponsoring a forum from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on April 23, 2010 for Monadnock area manufacturers to discuss topics of mutual interest. The host company for the forum will be Smith Medical of Keene. The MEP has conducted several forums this year in other areas of the state. The purpose behind these regional meetings is the realization that there are regional differences and regional problems that are best addressed by those company’s affected by them. You can register on-line at http://www.nhmep.org/events.html.