New Hampshire's Business News for March 31

A look at today's top business headlines including: why you need to sell your home if you live on NH's seacoast, more contaminated wells found in NH from Saint-Gobain, Aetna and Humana merger approved, and Mr. Macs looking to franchise


UNH climatologist urges ‘serious discussion’ on effects of climate change Property owners in low-lying areas should ‘sell now,’ he says.  – N.H. BUSINESS REVIEW

DES: 17 more wells near Merrimack plant test positive  The state Department of Environmental Services announced Tuesday that it had found another 17 wells near the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics plant in Merrimack.  – NASHUA TELEGRAPH

More than 350 homes in Bedford impacted by water problem Although Pennichuck Corp. serves those 357 properties within Greenfield Farms, Cabot Preserve and Parker Ridge, the water is purchased from Merrimack Village District. – BEDFORD BULLETIN

Official touts benefits of Sunapee expansion plan to Executive Council The state’s top development official tried Wednesday to assure the Executive Council that the latest plan to expand the Mount Sunapee ski resort will have widespread benefits, including for environmentalists who are among the project’s strongest critics. – CONCORD MONITOR

State DOT will do $2.8 million road project only if Balsams project gets financed  The state Department of Transportation will proceed with a $2.8 million renovation of the Golf Links Road only if the proposed redevelopment of the Balsams Resort goes forward. – THE BERLIN DAILY SUN

Merger of Aetna, Humana not ‘anti-competitive’ for health insurance in N.H., state says The New Hampshire Insurance Department has approved the proposed merger between health insurance companies Aetna and Humana in the state, despite the fact that the new company will have a market share of up to 38 percent. – CONCORD MONITOR

Hassan encourages startup company owners Six startup companies participating in Accelerate NH, a three-month program for startup founders to further develop their companies, met with the governor. – N.H. UNION LEADER

Debating the value of solar energy in NH Lawmakers hold hearing on bill that would have PUC examine net metering rates. -- CONCORD MONITOR

American Steel may build solar array at site or on roof Ray Cilley, owner of American Steel in Greenfield and Keith Akerley, owner of KA Electric in Peterborough met with the Greenfield Planning Board on Monday night to have a conceptual hearing to discuss the possibility of building a 100 kilowatt solar array in town. -- MONADNOCK LEDGER

NH January construction unemployment rate: 6.5% While it has fallen from the top rank it held only a couple of months earlier, New Hampshire remained in the top 10 among states with the lowest construction unemployment rates in January. – N.H. BUSINESS REVIEW

Capone Iron already talking expansion Six months after its groundbreaking ceremony, Capone Iron North Woods is already planning an expansion that will increase the number of employees there to between 40 and 50. – THE BERLIN DAILY SUN

Cowbell Corner construction zips along in Londonderry The mild winter helped with construction work on a new retail shopping plaza dubbed Cowbell Corner, at the Derry-Atkinson line. – N.H. UNION LEADER

Rindge man wants to sell granite to pay back Ponzi scheme victims A Rindge man who ran a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme is hoping to sell granite from the Fitzwilliam quarry he owns to pay back some of his victims. – KEENE SENTINEL

Manchester's Mr. Mac's macaroni and cheese restaurant to franchise If you love Mr. Mac's Macaroni and Cheese restaurant in Manchester, NH it may soon be easier to come by. – NH1

Epsom’s historical shoemaker helps re-enactors step up their game Graham is one of a rare few who makes historically accurate 18th-century footwear, and his company, Gossville Shoes, is in the midst of a renaissance. – CONCORD MONITOR

Trump worker hasn't made State House roll call since day after primary A freshman state representative who works for Donald Trump hasn't made a roll call vote since the day after the New Hampshire primary and has missed 80 percent of this year's roll calls. – N.H. UNION LEADER

Trump campaign manager had legal battle with city Long before he was Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski was engaged in a legal battle with the city over a fire-damaged property he owned here.  – BERLIN SUN

Donald Trump's campaign manager led a double life NH’s Corey Lewandowski privately sought earmarks for a solar company while publicly leading the fight against taxpayer-funded green-energy projects. – MOTHER JONES

NHBR Featured Event: Tri-State Summit on Aging Hundreds of policy, business, research, advocacy and community leaders from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont network in Concord tomorrow.   Light breakfast and lunch included.  

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