LONDONDERRY — The community, along with state officials and business partners celebrated another massive milestone in one economic development-rich part of town.
The F.W. Webb Company hosted the official groundbreaking of its nearly million-square-foot facility on Tuesday morning, gathering company officials, town and state officials to celebrate another business boom coming to North Londonderry off Pettengill Road.
Hailed as one of the largest facilities of its kind in the state, the new central distribution facility will replace, and more than double, the size of the company's current 420,000-square-foot facility in Amherst, N.H.
The company's products and services include areas like refrigeration, heating, plumbing and cooling.
F.W. Webb joins other nearby companies already up and running off Pettengill Road, including UPS and Federal Express.
"Relocating central distribution to Londonderry from Amherst represents a major investment in our operations and a significant commitment to our customers and manufacturing partners," said Jeff Pope, president of the F.W. Webb Company. "This huge state-of-the-art facility will allow us to offer our customers even more and better products and reach further into the Northeast. We expect it will serve us indefinitely."
Pope was joined Tuesday by company officials and also Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, company officials and other business supporters.
Founded in 1866 as the second plumbing supply house in Boston, F.W. Webb has grown from a single location to more than 90 facilities spread across nine states, six in New England and also New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The company employs more than 2,000 people and is a third-generation, family-owned business.
The company's first New Hampshire location was established in Nashua in 1945. F.W. Webb now has facilities in 13 towns and cities across the state.
Londonderry was the best location for the new building, Pope said.
"This is the largest building of its kind," he said, "and the town of Londonderry has been great and has given us such a warm reception.
The Pettengill Road area is a prime location where Londonderry officials are committed to growth and economic prosperity.
The area was on the town's radar for many years, part of a major economic development plan in the northern part of town.
With several other large companies locating there, including a new UPS facility, Milton CAT and Federal Express, that area near the Manchester-Boston Region Airport is a boon for the town, officials said.
"Welcome to Londonderry and here we grow again," Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith said during the ceremony Tuesday. "We are tremendously excited."
Smith said the Pettengill Road area is an economic engine for this part of the state and bringing F.W. Webb on board was a collaborative effort among many parties.
"A lot of teamwork went into this," Smith said.
Hassan told the crowd that having F.W. Webb on board in Londonderry will add not only jobs and economic growth to the region, but will help support the state as a whole.
"It will spur economic development and boost the New Hampshire economy," Hassan said.
Ayotte said she was happy to see the progress and success for the Pettengill Road area.
"This has been a vision Londonderry has had for decades, as to what Pettengill Road can be," Ayotte said. "And this is about the American dream, a family business that grows and thrives."
Pope said the Londonderry facility will be a longstanding commitment to the area. The project is expected to be completed near the end of 2017.
"We expect this facility to serve us indefinitely," Pope said. "We are here to stay."