New Hampshire's Business News for June 20

A look at today's top business headlines, including: Layoffs, 'cluster' classes as PSU attempts to revamp higher ed, Coca-Cola of Northern New England will acquire new facilities, eyes expansion of distribution , As Bike Week ends, questions swirl around music festival, 'Brexit' could have Seacoast impact, Trump dumps Lewandowski


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Layoffs, 'cluster' classes as PSU attempts to revamp higher ed  Plymouth State University said it is cutting staff as it plans to eliminate traditional colleges and departments in favor of strategic clusters of learning that will better prepare students. – NH UNION LEADER

Coca-Cola of Northern New England will acquire new facilities, eyes expansion of distribution  Coca-Cola of Northern New England, a regional bottler for the beverage giant, is planning to enlarge its footprint significantly as it expands its scope of distribution to include most of New England and upstate New York. – NH UNION LEADER

National Field Representatives grows in Claremont  National Field Representatives has begun work on Maple Avenue, where it will construct an addition to its office building that, when complete next year, will bring all 210 of the company’s Claremont employees under one roof. – VALLEY NEWS

As Bike Week ends, questions swirl around music festival  As Motorcycle Week 2016 came to an end Sunday, questions remain about the status of LaconiaFest, the new Bike Week event this year, and the promised refunds for a canceled show Saturday night. – NH UNION LEADER

'Brexit' could have Seacoast impact  Votes such as the June 23 referendum in the United Kingdom deciding whether to leave the European Union can have a significant impact on the United States — and here on the Seacoast. – FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

Manchester firm connects at the Hannover Messe  The timing of the state of New Hampshire’s first trip to the global industrial technology trade fair Hannover Messe was impeccable for Manchester-based Jewell Instruments. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

New UNH manufacturing center to give students hands-on experience  The advanced manufacturing center, located at the Goss International building on the west edge of campus on Route 155A, will give students that hands-on experience – to test ideas and work the machines – manufacturers crave. – FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

GE sign is history  Much like a setting sun, the large round GE logo came gently down from its perch atop the six-story building Saturday – another signal that an era has ended in Somersworth. – FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

Mild weather a boon for maple syrup  New Hampshire produced 169,000 gallons of maple syrup in this year – almost a 10 percent increase from the 154,000 gallons the state turned out in 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. – CONCORD MONITOR

Dairy farmers say safety net on milk prices is not helping  Northeast dairy farmers who have been strapped for months by low milk prices say a voluntary insurance program that was supposed to be a safety net isn’t helping. – CONCORD MONITOR

A New Hampshire profile in courage  The story of how Medicaid expansion was reauthorized in the House of Representatives. – NH BUSINESS REVIEW

Firearms designer seeks move to Portsmouth  Q LLC, which designs firearms, silencers and accessories related to the sporting and defense industry, is asking Portsmouth's Board of Adjustment for a variance to operate a business on the Route 1 Bypass. – PORTSMOUTH HERALD

Ayotte cosponsors a compromise in efforts to 'keep guns out of the hands of terrorists'  With observers predicting failure for two measures that come before the U.S. Senate today to prevent terrorists from buying guns, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, is touting a “targeted, compromise proposal” she says is generating bipartisan support. – NH UNION LEADER

New poll for anti-gun violence group shows gun issue hurting Ayotte  Poll for Americans for Responsible Solutions has Hassan with narrow lead over Republican incumbent. – WMUR-TV

NH Democrats vote to reform superdelegate system in time for 2020 elections  Following outcry over the role of superdelegates in the party’s presidential nomination, New Hampshire Democrats voted to reform the delegate selection process ahead of the 2020 presidential primary. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

In run for governor, Forrester stresses 'Main Street' experience over State House role  You won’t hear Sen. Jeanie Forrester, a Republican candidate for governor, talk too much on the campaign trail about her work in Concord. Rather, Forrester is pitching herself as more community leader than State House insider. – NH PUBLIC RADIO

Donald Trump is replacing his embattled campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, as he prepares for a tough general election race  Donald J. Trump is parting ways with his campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, a move that comes as the presumptive Republican nominee faces challenges as it moves toward the general election. – THE NEW YORK TIMES

Struggling for profit selling health insurance in state marketplaces  The marketplaces were expected to draw millions of individual customers to an array of start-up insurers. But the market is smaller than those companies hoped. – THE NEW YORK TIMES

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