Canadian firm to open E cigarette plant in Colebrook
Vaporium Inc., an electronic cigarette company from Sherbrooke, Quebec, is expanding its operations to the U.S., leasing 7,500 square feet of manufacturing space at the Colebrook Industrial Park, according to Lorna Colquhoun, communications director for the state’s Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED).
“I chose Colebrook because it’s business friendly and close to my office in Sherbrooke,” he said. “For a small Quebec company like mine, I need to be in the U.S. market, but I also want to be in a state like New Hampshire, which has low taxes and available labor.”
“Vaporium is committed to hiring at least 10 employees in the next six months, as it ramps up production,” Bergeron said.
“This is very good for Colebrook,” said Jules Kennett, chairman of the Colebrook Board of Selectmen. “The have committed to bringing at least 10 jobs here. Any more beyond that in the future will depend on the demand for the product.”
Beno Lamontagne, the DRED’s business retention specialist for the North County, said the company will make its U.S. home in a facility built to attract new businesses to the region.
Advocates call Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, or E-cigarettes, a viable method to quit smoking. Opponents claim nicotine is addictive whether it is inhaled through smoke or comes in a battery-powered blast of vapor at the push of a button.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed in April to define E cigarettes as a tobacco product, allowing the FDA to regulate it like regular cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.
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