Above: A worker at life sciences company MilliporeSigma, New Hampshire's third-largest industrial employer. (Source: PRNewswire)
New Hampshire is a small state with a big footprint in high-tech manufacturing. The state is home to some major names in aerospace, electronics, defense and more. Its highly educated workforce is a major draw for cutting edge enterprises and the state was ranked first in the U.S. for business friendliness by CNBC in both 2018 and 2019.
So what should you know about New Hampshire manufacturers? Today, we’re exploring the latest facts on New Hampshire’s industrial sector and getting to know the state’s ten largest manufacturing companies.
According to MNI, compiler and publisher of the industrial data that powers IndustrySelect, New Hampshire is currently home to 2,003 industrial companies employing 79,595workers.
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Manchester is New Hampshire’s largest city based on number of industrial jobs, with 7,581 workers.
Read more: Top Manufacturing Cities in the U.S.
Other top cities in New Hampshire include
• Nashua (4,814 jobs)
• Londonderry (4,448 jobs)
• Hudson (3,502 jobs)
• Portsmouth (3,448 jobs)
Hillsborough County is New Hampshire’s largest in terms of industrial jobs, home to 29,531 workers. This is followed by Rockingham County with 22,887 workers, Merrimack County (9,259 jobs), Cheshire County (7,848 jobs) and Grafton County (6,140 jobs).
The industrial machinery and equipment industry is New Hampshire’s largest in terms of employment, accounting for 17% of the state’s industrial workforce. This is followed by electronics with 14% and instruments and related products with 11%. The fabricated metal products industry account for 10% of New Hampshire industrial workers, while the primary metal industry accounts for 7%.
MNI reports there are 5,641 executive contacts among New Hampshire’s manufacturing companies, including 1,154 presidents, 755 owners and partners; 631 vice-presidents and 603 sales, marketing and purchasing executives.
Other facts to know about New Hampshire manufacturers, based on IndustrySelect’s advanced criteria available to subscribers, include ownership, distribution and other trends. Let’s take a look:
• 2% of New Hampshire manufacturers are women-owned
• 8% are publicly owned companies
• 11% import raw materials
• 31% distribute their products internationally.
These trends reveal that New Hampshire distributes fewer of its products internationally compared to the average among U.S. manufacturers (31% versus 29% nationally).
Next, we’ll take a look at the state’s top companies.
|Sig Sauer, Inc.||1,630||Newington||NH|
|L3Harris Technologies, Inc.||1,200||Londonderry||NH|
|Omron Microscan Systems, Inc.||1,000||Nashua||NH|
|STANLEY Healthcare US||1,000||Portsmouth||NH|
|TE Subcom Integrated Systems, LLC||865||Newington||NH|
|General Electric Corp.||800||Hooksett||NH|
|HitcBAE Systems, Inc.||700||Hudson||NH|
|New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc.||674||Peterborough||NH|
1. Sig Sauer, (Newington, NH)
Employing 1,630 in the town of Newington, Sig Sauer is New Hampshire’s largest manufacturing company based on number of jobs. Occupying a 210,000 square-foot facility, Sig Sauer produces handguns, rifles, ammunition, electro-optics, silencers, airguns, in addition to firearms training.
2. L3Harris Technologies, Inc. (Londonderry, NH)
Number three on our list is L3Harris Technologies, Inc., a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies. The company’s Londonderry location employs 1,200 and produces night vision equipment and electro-optical devices.
3. MilliporeSigma (Jaffrey, NH)
Employing 1,100 in the town of Jaffrey, life sciences company MilliporeSigma is New Hampshire’s fourth-largest industrial employer. The company’s 174,311 square-foot New Hampshire plant produces analytics and process microfiltration filters and systems, including beverage and electrical filters.
4. Omron Microscan Systems, LLC (Nashua, NH)
Employing 1,000 in the town of Nashua, Omron Microscan Systems, Inc. is a provider of bar code readers, bar code and print quality verifiers, machine vision and lighting equipment.
5. STANELY Healthcare (Portsmouth, NH)
Employing 1,000 workers in Portsmouth, STANELY Healthcare products patient & resident security systems for healthcare institutions, clinics & facilities, including fall, turn & wander management & infant, patient & pediatric protection devices & equipment, door automation & emergency call.
6. TE Subcom Integrated Systems, LLC (Newington, NH)
Employing 865 employees in Newington and occupying a 550,000 square-foot facility, TE Subcom Integrated Systems produces underwater fiber-optic cables.
7. General Electric (Hooksett, NH)
GE Aviation is a global leader in aeronautics equipment, including jet engines. Established in 1972, this 250,000 square-foot location employs 800 workers in Hooksett and produces aircraft engine parts.
8 BAE Systems, Inc. (Hudson, NH)
GE Aviation is a global leader in electronic military equipment. Employing 700 workers, this facility ranks ninth in the state for number of manufacturing workers.
9. New Hampshire Ball Bearings (Peterborough, NH)
Employing 674 workers in Peterborough, New Hampshire Ball Bearings ranks ninth in the state for number of manufacturing workers. Occupying a 220,000 square-foot facility, New Hampshire Ball Bearings produces cylindrical roller and ball bearings.
10. Markem Imaje (Keene, NH)
Rounding out our top 10 list is Markem Imaje in Keene, NH. Employing 665, Markem Imaje produces coding & marking identification systems, printing inks, plates & type at a 302,000 square foot facility. Established in 1989, the company distributes its products internationally.
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Editor's note: This article was originally published in August 2021. It is updated annually to reflect new statistics.