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NH Ball Bearings plant in Peterborough to remain closed on Wednesday

Union Leader Correspondent

February 11. 2014 9:29PM

PETERBOROUGH -- Operations at New Hampshire Ball Bearing will not resume Wednesday, but will hopefully begin again on Thursday, NHBB said on its website Tuesday night.

Counseling for employees affected by the explosion Monday is being offered at a NHBB satellite office down the road from the Route 202 manufacturing plant.

The manufacturing plant was closed Monday afternoon after an explosion blasted out the windows on the first floor, caused substantial damage inside the building and sent 14people to the hospital. Two critically injured employees are still hospitalized.

Employees were told to stay home Tuesday as local, state and federal officials investigated the cause of the blast.

Tuesday night, NHBB announced all work shifts are canceled for Wednesday "with the goal of resuming operations on Thursday in select departments, including component fabrication, component fabrication support groups, and office personnel. We expect to post further updates on this page throughout the day on Wednesday."

Additionally, NHBB said counseling through the Employee Assistance Program would be made available to employees on Wednesday at the satellite training facility at 375 Jaffrey Road/Route 202 from 11 a.m. to 5 pm.

"NHBB is encouraging those affected to take advantage of this program. Appointments are not necessary," NHBB said.

For more updates, employees are encouraged to check the company website at

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