Area Development
A Quebec, Canada-based composites manufacturer, Deflex Composite, will locate its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Berlin, Coös County, New Hampshire.

According to the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, Deflex signed a lease to occupy 9,600 square feet at 22 Jericho Rd. in Berlin. The manufacturer, with a contract to produce parts for Volvo, plans to hire three people initially and seven more by the end of the year, to manufacture front and rear bumpers for Volvo buses.

“New Hampshire welcomes Deflex Composite to Berlin,” Governor Chris Sununu said. “We are committed to doing everything possible to reach out and promote what New Hampshire has to offer.”

“We are pleased to welcome Deflex Composite to New Hampshire for its first U.S. expansion,” Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner Jeffrey Rose said. “Berlin, with its deep French-Canadian roots, is a great location for this company to grow its presence on this side of the border.”

“The Buy America Act is one of the reasons that we have seen a strong interest from Quebec manufacturers recently,” said Benoit Lamontagne of the Division of Economic Development. “This law requires companies under federal contracts to make their end product in the U.S. and more than 50 percent of the cost of the parts must be made here.”