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Conn. firm buys Concord storage facility, Sean Scales named vice president at Brookstone Builders … and more
Jennifer Perry

Jennifer Perry, Exeter’s public works director, has been named one of the Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year by the America Public Works Association. She is the first female public works director in New England to receive the recognition. She has been Exeter’s director of public works since 2007 and worked for the town since 2000. (Seacoast Online photo)

North Branch Construction, Concord, recently promoted Sandra McNeff human resources manager. She joined the company in 2018 as a human resources generalist. In addition, Eli Wilson has joined North Branch as a project superintendent. He has experience supervising the construction of custom homes, designing floor plans, managing remodels and overseeing site development. And Rick Williams, who joined the company in 2020, has been promoted from commercial carpenter to assistant superintendent.

Manchester-based Kalwall Corp.’s has developed environmental product declarations (EPDs) for its façade and skyroof daylighting systems that have been certified by UL. The certifications signify that Kalwall’s EPDs are in conformance with the type III environmental declarations set by UL Environment and the International Standards Organization, the company said.

The H.L. Turner Group Inc., Concord, has added Kailey Woodbury to its staff as interior designer/architectural planner in a newly created position. She has over 10 years of experience working as an interior designer specializing in commercial architecture and design.

Bitfocus, owner of Clarity Human Services, has signed a contract with New Hampshire and Vermont to serve as the states’ Homeless Management Information System. Clarity will be replacing and expanding the current data systems, which support sone 100 agencies working to end homelessness in the states. Bitfocus said the new software will be a “significant upgrade” from the states’ legacy data systems.

Storage Ventures, a Greenwich, Conn.-based real estate investment management platform focused on the self-storage sector, has acquired Storage Station on Loudon Road in Concord. The purchase acquisition is the second acquisition by the company in the Concord area. It previously acquired the Thirty Pines Self Storage complex in Penacook. “Acquiring multiple properties in a given market enhances our competitive position and allows us to operate more efficiently,” said Douglas Lee, founding partner of Storage Ventures.

Placework, an architecture studio based in Portsmouth, has is now a Certified B Corporation, the company announced. Founded by principals Alyssa Manypenny Murphy and Brian Murphy in 2010, Placework serves cultural, education and municipal clients. “Pursuing B Corp certification was a natural step in the evolution of our practice,” says Alyssa Murphy. “This achievement is not just a stamp of approval; maintaining our B Corp status will continually challenge us to be the company we want to be.”

Blaktop Inc. of West Lebanon recently recognized Herbert W. Williams for his 50 years with the company. Williams, who joined the company as a laborer when he was 18 years old in 1972, now works as Blaktop’s superintendent, overseeing paving operations in the Lebanon region.

Attorney Jon Readnour, whose practice focuses on condominium law and homeowners’ associations, has joined the northern New England law firm of Downs Rachlin Martin and will practice from the firm’s Burlington, Vt., office.

Brookstone Builders Inc., Manchester, has announced that Sean Scales has been appointed company vice president, taking on daily management of the firm. Scales previously was a commercial airline pilot for 20 years, but had worked at Brookstone during his high school and college years as a carpenter and assistant site supervisor. “I know Sean will be successful in his leadership role,” said Paula Scales, Brookstone’s president.

The Solar Lending Professional Training series, offered by the Inclusiv Center for Resiliency and Clean Energy and the Carsey School’s Center for Impact Finance, is currently accepting applications for its Commercial Solar Lending Training and Certificate course, which will run from June 9 to Aug. 11. The series is designed to train staff at U.S.-based community financial institutions that are interested in developing a solar loan product. The course is free through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office. Applications will be accepted through May 8.

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