No Boston rail service prompts Londonderry firm's move to Mass.By MICHAEL COUSINEAU
New Hampshire Union Leader
September 26. 2018 9:21AM
A Londonderry company is relocating to Andover, Mass. because of a lack of passenger train service from Boston.
“The reason for Andover was the rail service out of Boston,” Bill Gilmore, area manager for Disco Hi-Tec America, said Monday.
“If rail service had been extended up to New Hampshire, we would have stayed,” Gilmore said.
The Harvey Road company, which previously called Manchester and Salem home, sells semiconductor assembly equipment.
The company wants to take advantage of Boston-area college students working on designing computer chips who may want to use his company’s equipment for low-volume assembly or low-volume manufacturing.
Gilmore said he looks at it as a marketing tool as well.
“They’ll bring their knowledge of our equipment to whoever they work for,” Gilmore said.
The firm will double its space to 7,200 square feet with a Nov. 1 moving date targeted.
The company is a subsidiary of Disco Corp., which is based in Japan and counts more than 5,000 employees.
Mike Truesdale, leasing director for Cummings Properties, which is leasing the Andover space to Disco, discussed the company’s new home.
“The location offers the best of both worlds; easy access to both the New Hampshire workforce and the Boston area’s high-tech industry,” he said.