North Country Smokehouse plans expansion in ClaremontBy MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
June 25. 2015 9:50PM
CLAREMONT — North Country Smokehouse is planning to build a new facility in the Syd Clarke Industrial Park that would triple its current facility and allow for a significant increase in jobs.
“More employees, better paying jobs,” said Mike Satzow, executive vice president of The Butcher Block Inc., the corporation that runs North Country Smokehouse.
Established in 1972, The Butcher Block, doing business as North Country Smokehouse, operates as a subsidiary of Canadian company Les Specialites Prodal Ltee.
When Satzow sold his company to Les Specialites Prodal Ltee earlier this year it was because of the company’s longstanding relationship with the Smokehouse as well as its commitment to Claremont.
The company is aggressively expanding right now and Claremont is part of this expansion, he said.
“The company that bought my company has a strong commitment to Claremont,” he said. “What they want to do is create great new products.”
In a statement, Serge Breton, president of The Butcher Block Inc., said the new building will triple capacity for both production and distribution.
“The current location has served the company well, but growth is outpacing available space,” he said. “The new facility will allow North Country Smokehouse to expand and include new building efficiencies.”
The facility is to be built in the Syd Clarke Industrial Park on River Road across from Canam Steel Corp. The current building, located across from the Claremont Airport, will be used as a mail order center, Satzow said.
The new building will allow for collaboration between North Country Smokehouse and duBreton, a Quebec-based company that is also part of the Les Specialites Prodal Ltee family.
DuBreton specializes in organic and natural pork products, Satzow said.
North Country Smokehouse will be able to further process its products in the new facility.
“This will allow for us to meet the needs the market places on us,” Satzow said.
North County Smokehouse currently employs 34 people in Claremont. Satzow said he doesn't know at this point how much the work force will grow with the expansion, but said it will be significant.
“We’re very happy about this,” he said.
The Claremont Development Authority stepped in to help make the new building possible. At its June 19 board meeting, the CDA moved to enter into a purchase and sales agreement with Butcher Block Inc. for two merged lots in the park. Construction is expected to begin in 2016.