December 12, 2018GROVETON — All systems are go for Rotobec, a material handling company, to build in Groveton. Rotobec currently has a location in Littleton and will now expand, offering 150 jobs when all is said and done. Rotobec will construct a $12 to $13 million facility in town. Phase one of the project will include 50 jobs.
Groveton Selectman Chris Wheeler was in Concord more than a month ago, where he met with New Hampshire's Department of Transportation and three representatives from Rotobec. The DOT had concerns that with Brown Road being closed for one month during the spring due to weight restrictions, that access to the building site would slow the construction process. Brown Road, owned by the state was built more than 100 years ago, which means that heavier trucks can cause issues and potential damage.
The state has plans to bring up to standard the one mile of road on Route 3 to the town portion of Craggy Road which would allow access to Brown Road, then on to the building site.
In March, the town will vote on whether or not to take ownership of that one mile portion of Brown Road.
Wheeler explained, "The town vote in March would be contingent on the state bringing that road up to it's minimum requirements. I can't commit and say the town will take it over, but it can go to a vote."
Wheeler went on to say, "The town would control that one mile and not be reliant on the state in the future. This also ties us into Craggy Road without having a portion owned by the state. This one mile also has the town highway department and transfer station located on it."
If the town votes it in, then Rotobec could proceed with Phase two, which would include another $10 million investment.