Tech Tidbits From Around NH

Kollsman wins Marine Corps contract, SPUR acquires Salem manufacturer in private equity deal … and more

Dartmouth College engineering professor John Zhang has accepted a temporary position with the National Science Foundation, serving as program director in the Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems division, with emphasis on micro-, nano- and bio-systems. During his appointment, which typically lasts approximately three years, Zhang will be primarily focused on his work at NSF, but retains his status as a member of the Dartmouth faculty.

Akumina of Nashua, an employee experience software developer, has released Project BOND, which the company says delivers a social, collaborative and integrated adaptation to the concept of traditional intranet. “By driving content into an activity-based newsfeed interface with integrated enterprise social features, this release will change the game on how medium and large enterprises drive increases in employee engagement,” said David Maffei, president and co-founder of Akumina.

Kollsman Inc. has been selected to develop two prototypes of a multispectral weapon sight technology for the U.S. Marine Corps. The company will perform design, development and testing work over the next year for the second phase of the USMC’s Integrated Clip-on Advanced Targeting Sight program, Kollsman parent company Elbit Systems said. The work will be done at Kollsman’s Merrimack. The sight is intended to help reconnaissance and sniper Marines spot targets even during nighttime or in situations where vision is compromised by austere weather or bad lighting.

Red River, a Claremont-based information technology company, is one of 31 software vendors awarded a 10-year, $13 billion contract to provide software to the Army Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS). The contract is for commercial, off-the-shelf software products and maintenance across 14 product categories, from audio-visual and business finance needs to cybersecurity and data management tools, Red River said.

SPUR Acquisitions, a newly formed private equity firm in Portsmouth, has made its first acquisition, purchasing Allen Datagraph Systems Inc. of Salem, manufacturer of digital label systems and stone templating machines for customers in over 40 countries. The firm will be led by Kevin Davis, SPUR operating partner. Alex Wright, previous owner and president of ADSI, will remain a board member in the new venture.

Jackson, Mich.-based American 1 Credit Union has begun deploying Portsmouth-based SilverCloud Inc.’s consumer support solution, which includes a chatbot to provide members with 24/7 automated self-service across all digital channels. The SilverCloud platform is designed specifically for financial institutions and includes support features and content that address the needs, processes and compliance requirements of credit unions, the company said.

NAI Norwood Group has announced the sale of 452 Sunapee St., Newport – a 40,000-square-foot industrial-manufacturing property formerly occupied by Gloenco Inc. – for $835,000 to Progressive Manufacturing, a manufacturer of fireplace inserts and other products that is currently based in West Lebanon but will be moving its operations to Newport. The property consists of a 32,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and a 7,700-square-foot warehouse. Aron Brown and Karl Norwood assisted the seller, AFG Inc., and Liam McCarthy represented Progressive in the transaction.

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