New Hampshire's Business News for July 29

A look at today's top business headlines, including: Atrium Medical Corp. settlement, NH Liquor Commission lawsuits, is natural gas worse than coal for climate, Northeast Credit Union and Ocean Communities Federal Credit Union announce merger, Beara Irish Brewing launches Unity beer to raise money for Orlando and Dallas shootings victims


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Atrium Medical Corp. agrees to $11.5 million settlement Hudson-based Atrium Medical Corp. has agreed to an $11.5 million settlement with former sales representative and whistle blower Esther Grace Sullivan over claims it paid improper kickbacks to doctors for promoting the unapproved use of medical stents in patients’ arteries.  – N.H. BUSINESS REVIEW

NH liquor contract contract fight costs millions A 2012 decision by the N.H. Liquor Commission to award a 20-year warehousing and transportation contract worth $200 million to an Ohio-based logistics company is fading into the past, but the state continues to pay the price of lawsuits brought by two unsuccessful bidders who claim the process was rigged. – N.H. UNION LEADER

Unlicensed day care owner pleads guilty The owner and operator of Adventures in Learning Child Care Center in Londonderry pleaded guilty Monday to operating a day care without a license. – LAWRENCE EAGLE-TRIBUNE

When customers pay late, businesses pay the price “If they don’t get all their money, we don’t get all our money,” she says Susan Frazier, business manager for TSR Hockey in Salem, NH. – CONCORD MONITOR

Report  Natural gas may actually be worse than coal for climate Study says methane leaks may have a yearly warming impact equivalent of up to 250 coal-fired power plants; activists rally in Pelham. – SALEM PATCH

Wheelabrator to construct waste-to-energy plant Wheelabrator Technologies on Thursday reached financial close on a new 606,000 tons per year energy-from-waste facility at Kemsley in Kent, England.  – PORTSMOUTH HERALD

Credit unions announce intention to merge  Northeast Credit Union and Ocean Communities Federal Credit Union on Thursday jointly announced their intent to merge subject to regulatory and other approvals – PORTSMOUTH HERALD

Hampton company C3I eyes Exeter for new facility  A Hampton Company that builds flight deck software for Navy ships is looking to relocate to Exeter, according to Economic Development Director Darren Winham. – EXETER NEWSLETTER

Brewery startup workshop coming to Seacoast  UNH Professional Development & Training is joining the effort to make New Hampshire a one-stop state for brewers and beer enthusiasts alike. – FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

Portsmouth-brewed pint raises funds for victims of Orlando, Dallas shootings A local brewery in Portsmouth launched a new beer this week called Unity. The beer aims to inspire national unity after this summer’s array of deadly mass shootings. – N.H. PUBLIC RADIO

Is Exeter ripe for restaurants?  With five restaurant spaces vacant in Exeter this summer, the town has been courting potential tenants interested in bringing their culinary talents to the downtown. One of those spaces, the former Rogan’s Restaurant, just signed a tenant. – EXETER NEWSLETTER

Pepperrell Cove Restaurant opens in the old Cap'n Simeon's Don’t be surprised if you get a magic trick when you stop at the Pepperrell Cove Restaurant in Kittery.  – SEACOAST ONLINE

Feds spends millions on blueberry bailout in Maine  In the face of industry pressure, the federal government is spending up to $4.4 million to complete a plan to help Maine's blueberry industry by buying surplus crop.—FOSTER’S DAILY DEMOCRAT

Sugar Shack expansion project moves ahead After initially balking at signing a building permit to allow Ben’s Sugar Shack owner Ben Fisk to expand his maple syrup bottling and shipping building, the Select Board approved it – but not without some controversy.  – MONADNOCK LEDGER

Dollar General proposing store in Troy  A Tennessee-based discount store chain, Dollar General, is eyeing a Route 12 property north of the town’s center for a possible third location in Cheshire County. – KEENE SENTINEL

Clough residents still seeking new homes Nearly six weeks after the trustees of New London Hospital announced a Sept. 30 end-date for care at the William P Clough Extended Care Center, the hospital’s 45-year-old nursing home, some residents have yet to find new places to live and receive care. – VALLEY NEWS

Laconia company has been operated by four generations    Ownership of one of the oldest family operated businesses in Laconia is changing.—LACONIA CITIZEN

Work on Balsams ski area expansion could soon begin The $143 million redevelopment seeks to restore the hundreds of jobs that were lost when the resort closed in 2011.  – WMUR-TV

NHBR FEATURED EVENTS: Solar Industry Documentary and Discussion  Through the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China, Catching the Sun is a feature length documentary that explores the global race to a clean energy future.  ReVision Energy Solar Design Specialist Eric St. Pierre leads panel afterward.  Free.  Refreshments provided.  This evening in Nashua.

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