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Manufacturer of undersea cables plans to expand workforce at Pease

Union Leader Correspondent

May 14. 2014 9:29PM

PORTSMOUTH — Teledyne DGO, a designer of cables used on U.S. Navy submarines and in undersea oil wells, has outgrown its Seabrook home and relocated to Pease International Tradeport and plans to hire workers soon.

Patrick Barry, vice president and general manager, said the company moved from Massachusetts to its previous 40,000-square-foot facility in Seabrook in 1972. They also were renting a 10,000-square-foot space in Hampton.

“We had outgrown both facilities,” Barry said. The company wanted to remain in the area because of the New Hampshire tax advantage, he said.

After looking around the Seacoast, Barry said they decided upon the new 66,000-square-foot facility on Pease, which they lease from Kane Co. He said the space was ideal because it could be set up to meet the company’s specifications, including creating areas that regulate temperature or humidity for production.

Additionally, Barry said Teledyne DGO has the potential to expand about two-thirds of the new location. The company, which currently has 260 employees, would first increase the workforce on the second shift, which has a staff of about 60, he said.

Barry expects the company will be hiring about 20 employees in the next six months, with openings for assemblers, technicians, engineers and product control personnel.

“Since we’ve been here, we’ve hired about 20 people since December,” Barry said, adding the company staggered the move to ensure operations continued.

Barry said the company provides cables for a variety of areas — including in the missile compartment, for navigation, countermeasures and the antenna — on new submarines and for refits or upgrades.

He said Teledyne DGO works closely with the Groton Boat Yard in Connecticut and provides some materials to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

Barry said the company also provides systems that help regulate the flow and pressure of the fluids in undersea oil and gas wells to allow companies to monitor multiple locations at once.

The company serves a variety of industries, including oil and gas, defense, power generation, oceanography, aerospace and biomedical firms.

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