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Repairs to Peterborough Facility Nearly Complete

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HiTech East Wall Fall 2014

HiTech East Wall Fall 2014

December 8, 2014 (Peterborough, NH): Eight months after the explosion that damaged a large section of the building and injured 22 people, a tangible sense of normalcy has returned to the Peterborough facility. The building shows very few signs of the accident and production has returned to capacity within every department. Most importantly, the two employees who were seriously injured are making good progress as they continue with their physical therapy and rehabilitation, and one of the two has returned to work part-time.

NHBB has completed the required structural repairs to the east side of the building and the build-out and occupation of the interior spaces that were most affected by the blast. The remaining repair projects are minor and include re-landscaping along the east wall and repairing an intercom system and lighting in a small area. These projects are scheduled for completion by December of 2014.

In response to the explosion, NHBB has completed a thorough review of all chemical storage and handling practices throughout the facilities in the NHBB/myonic Business Unit. NHBB is implementing procedural adjustments and additional ongoing employee training in order to further reduce the risks associated with the utilization of chemicals within the manufacturing process.

NHBB has also made a commitment to obtain the OHSAS 18001 certification, which is the international standard for safety and risk management. The company anticipates completing the process by October of 2015, a demonstration of NHBB's ongoing commitment to the continuous improvement of workplace safety and risk management and, above all, the health, safety, and well-being of our employees.