A company that pioneered innovative and environmentally-friendly corrugated packaging, Rand-Whitney, started construction on its 118,600-square-foot container facility at the Stonewall Industrial Park in Dover, New Hampshire.
“At this location, we will be able to hire more employees, bring in new equipment and develop our relationship with our neighbor Stonewall Kitchen and other local businesses,” said Nick Smith, President/CEO.
According to the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, the new address in Dover ends years of searching by Rand-Whitney for a new facility location, which is now located at the junction of Route 108 and the Spaulding Turnpike.
Rand-Whitney operated a corrugated cardboard sheet plant in Dover from 1972 to 2002, but subsequent growth and expansion required relocations over the years to Rochester, then later to the Pease International Trade Port. When the decision was made to construct a new plant to house its massive operations, Dover’s business friendly environment was a big factor, Lorna Colquhoun, state Economic Development’s Communications Director, explained.
“Rand Whitney’s long history in this city and our relationship with PROCON made it a good match,” said Daniel Barufaldi, the city’s Economic Development Director. PROCON is the designer and construction manager on the project. “It was a true team effort – everyone worked together to move the project forward quickly. They are back where they started, and that’s a wonderful thing.”
Mayor Karen Weston, “Our goal as a city has been to increase economic development and this is such a huge boost to our economy. We are already seeing the economic benefits of having Rand-Whitney here.”