400 jobs coming to NH as Calif. firm puts East Coast HQ in Londonderry
MANCHESTER — EFI, a Silicon Valley manufacturer, is locating its East Coast headquarters in Londonderry with 400 employees and will make ink jet printers.
The project is expected to break ground in two or three weeks with the 240,000-square-foot building set to be completed in March 2018 near the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, according to Manchester developer Dick Anagnost.
The company will locate to one of the state’s hottest areas under development with F.W. Webb’s new central distribution facility scheduled to open in the fall of 2017 next to a large FedEx facility and just down the street from UPS/ Pratt & Whitney’s logistics center, both of which opened in recent years.
EFI currently has operations in Meredith with more than 300 employees who will be offered jobs in Londonderry, according to the company.
The company’s website also lists a West Lebanon location, but it’s not known how that might be affected.
EFI will be leasing 17 acres of airport-owned land in Londonderry off Pettengill Road at 12 Innovation Way as part of a 49-year-lease, he said.
“The airport will get business, not only from sales people flying in ... but people coming from around the U.S. and other countries for training, so it will increase airport traffic,” he said.
EFI, based in Fremont, Calif., is a global technology company.
The company’s website said, “we develop breakthrough technologies for the manufacturing of signage, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles and personalized documents, with a wide range of printers, inks, digital front ends, and a comprehensive business and production workflow suite that transforms and streamlines the entire production process.”
Londonderry officials welcome the new business to town.
“It’s really positive, not just for Londonderry but for the region, to have an employer who’s going to be offering some well-paying jobs,” said town planner Colleen Mailloux. Town Manager Kevin Smith said town officials first began talking with EFI two years ago. The manufacturing center will balance well some of the large warehouses and distribution centers in the Pettengill Road area, he added.
The area near the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport still has a fair amount of land open, but Smith said he expects many of the remaining parcels to be snatched up within the next five years.
And Mailloux anticipates Pettengill’s industrial growth starting to “trickle down” to the service industry in the coming years — like a lunch spot, daycare center or gas station for all the new employees.