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Quebec Manufacturer Announces Plans to Expand to Berlin, N.H.

Cori Princell
Ribbon cutting for the new Deflex facility in Berlin, N.H.

A company in Quebec announced Friday it’s opening up new operations in Berlin. Deflex produces fiberglass parts for Volvo buses and waterslides.
The family-owned company says they’ve been looking for a way to make their products in America for American clients, and that they’ve been talking with New Hampshire officials about the move for over a year. 

During today’s announcement, owner Serge Jacques said, in French, that he’s fallen a little in love with Berlin, many of whose residents have French Canadian ancestry.
“There is certainly a generational connection between Berlin and folks from Quebec," said Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier, who grew up speaking French in his family.  
Deflex is setting up in the old Car-Freshner plant building in Berlin.  They’ll start small with just two or three employees, but plan to grow.  They hope to start operations on the 4th of July.