Poultry Products Northeast eyes move to LondonderryBy MELISSA PROULX
Union Leader Correspondent
February 16. 2017 1:51PM
LONDONDERRY - A meat processing company is eyeing the town for its new home.
Poultry Product Northeast Inc. hopes to build a new, 110,000-square-foot plant off Jack's Bridge Road.
Now undeveloped, the plot is in an industrial park that's also home to American Tire Distributors and Penske Truck Rentals.
The company cuts, trims and packages various meat and seafood products for customers including wholesale operations and restaurants throughout New England and central and northern New York.
The meat products are brought to the plant from another source; there are no live animals on site.
The building would house the 190 New Hampshire employees currently working for the company at their Bow and Hooksett locations. Those buildings would be shut down and all work would be combined into the new Londonderry location.
The design of the warehouse building would also allow for future expansion, should that be needed.
This is one of the issues that the company faces at its Hooksett location on Bemis Road.
“It is in much need of expansion,” said Jim Petropoulos, a civil engineer for the project, “...which is why we're here.”
That number of employees - which is comprised of positions such as warehouse workers and sales representatives - could expand to, but top off at, a little more than 200 employees in the future, said COO Bill Conrad for Poultry Products Northeast.
The hope is to start the application process through both the town and the state for the proper approvals sometime this month.
The company has two other locations, according to its website: one in East Windsor, Conn., and another in Winslow, Maine.
Petropoulos and Conrad met with the Londonderry Planning Board last week to go over the conceptual design, and were not met with any major concerns about the project.
There are some parts of the project that the board asked to have more information on when the time comes, like the amount of traffic that will be generated from the facility and if PPNE's delivery schedule would clash with those for the other businesses in the area.
“We look forward to having you in town,” said Planning Board Vice Chair Mary Wing Soares.