Area Companies Gear Up for Statewide Celebration of Advanced Manufacturing

LACONIA — Several Lakes Region manufacturers are preparing to open their doors to the public from October 5th through 9th as part of a statewide celebration of advanced manufacturing. A detailed schedule can be found online at All events are free. Please note that participants must wear close-toed shoes inside any manufacturing facility.

"There is so much opportunity in this field," said Carmen Lorentz, Executive Director of Belknap Economic Development Council regarding the reason for organizing the event. "We want people to know that they can make a great living right here at home doing creative and rewarding work at one of the many manufacturers in the Lakes Region."

The weeklong celebration kicks off on Saturday, October 5 from 10 a.m. to noon with the "Day of Play at  EPTAM Plastics," a fun event designed for families. Kids will be provided with all sorts of recycled materials and craft supplies to create whatever they can imagine. Call 524-3057 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register for this free event.

The general public is welcome to tour EPTAM from 9 a.m to noon on October 5 even if they are not participating in the Day of Play event. No registration is required for tours at any of the participating facilities.

On Monday, October 7 Titeflex Aerospace in the O'Shea Industrial Park in Laconia will offer tours at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Titeflex is a world leader in flexible hose and complex rigid assemblies for aerospace applications. Among its major customers are Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce, General Electric and Airbus. Titeflex employs 350 people and has annual sales of $85 million.

The next set of tours is at Aavid Corporation, also in the O'Shea Industrial Park in Laconia, at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday, October 7. The global technology leader in thermal management solutions for the electronics industry since 1964, Aavid recently moved its corporate offices and New England design center from Concord to Laconia, where the company owns and operates a 200,000 square foot advanced manufacturing facility.

On Tuesday, October 8, 3M in Tilton will welcome the public to tour its plant, which manufactures high temperature electrical insulation papers. These products are used in home appliances like microwaves, washing machines, and dishwashers, as well as industrial equipment like power transformers, welders, motors for electric vehicles, and generators for locomotives. The plant has been in continuous operation since 1947 and employees 50 people. It was acquired by 3M in 2007.
NH Ball Bearings, Inc. (NHBB) will offer tours of its facility in the O'Shea Industrial Park in Laconia at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8. NHBB is a leading manufacturer of precision bearings and complex bearing assemblies for the aerospace, defense, medical, dental, and high technology markets. NHBB employs 500 people at its Laconia facility.
On Wednesday, October 9, Scotia Technology will offer tours of its plant in the Lakes Business Park in Laconia at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Scotia Technology is a supplier of tube assemblies for the aerospace and aircraft industries (including engines, airframes, hydraulics, missiles, satellites, underwater defense, and military and commercial aircraft).
Anyone interested in learning about local educational programs in the advanced manufacturing field can attend two open houses on Wednesday, October 9. At 8 a.m. the Huot Technical Center (located at Laconia High School) will showcase its Pre-engineering and Manufacturing Engineering Technology programs. From 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday night, Lakes Region Community College will run an open house for their new Advanced Manufacturing certificate and degree programs, which just launched in September.
For a detailed schedule of all events, visit