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A Company Town


In the sleepy town of Pittsfield, New Hampshire you can find a global leader of manufacturing and technology right under your nose. On today's episode we're returning to our New Hampshire Firsts series with the company that invented firefighting turnout gear: Globe Manufacturing. The fourth-generation, family-owned company employs almost ten percent of the town - but what's its future in Pittsfield after the family business was sold last year? 

  • Also on today's show, the cautionary tale of Groveton's Paper Mill. What happens when a small town is reliant on one manufacturer and that business closes its doors for good? Hear the voices of the mill's workers and the historian who documented it all in his book You Had a Job for Life: Story of a Company Town 
    You Had a Job for Life

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