Kennedy Information to move from Peterborough to Keene

PETERBOROUGH — After 11 years in Peterborough, Kennedy Information LLC will be moving out of its offices in the Guernsey Professional Building on Main Street.

The company will be relocating to space at 17 Church Street in Keene, with the new offices opening on March 11, according to a statement released on Friday.

In the statement, Kennedy Chief Operating Officer Daniel Houder said, “I’m very excited about this move. It’s the right time, the right location, and Kennedy is on a great trajectory. We’ve made a number of business changes in recent years, and it’s time our surroundings reflect our streamlined organization and rejuvenated outlook.”

On Monday, Houder said Kennedy employs about 40 people in Peterborough and they will all be moving to the Keene office. He said no staff reductions are expected as a result of the move.

“We’ve always been in the Monadnock region and we’ve drawn people from both the Peterborough area and Keene,” Houder said. “It’s about the same percentage who will be inconvenienced by driving to Keene that had been inconvenienced driving to Peterborough. Generally it’s a wash.”

Houder said the move was prompted when the company’s lease came up for renewal. Kennedy at one time had space on the third, fourth and fifth floor of the large building, which was home to the American Guernsey Cattle Club from 1950 to 1981 and later was the headquarters for BYTE magazine when Peterborough was a hotbed of computer magazine publishing.

“We’ve been through a lot of changes over the years,” Houder said. “We ’d been moving toward a more remote workforce and we consolidated to a smaller footprint than we had originally leased. The lease was up and it was time to find a new location.”

Houder said the company looked at other space in Peterborough and talked with representatives of the R.J. Finlay Company, which recently purchased the Guernsey building.

“We’re kind of too big for a small office and too small for a big office,” Houder said. “The timing of the sale of the building was unfortunate, but the new landlord has been great. They’ve been fantastic to work with and they are committed to making this building a hospitable working environment.”

He said Kennedy was the largest tenant in the building.

A call to Rob Finlay of R.J. Finlay Company seeking comment on plans for the building was not returned by press deadline on Monday.

In the statement announcing the move, Houder said Keene offers a number of business advantages for his company.

“The recession has been tough on many area businesses,” he said, “and we’re proud to have not only survived, but emerged stronger. From the beginning, we’ve been lucky to call the Monadnock region home, and fortunately, we’re in a position to continue to do so. Keene’s access to enhanced telecommunications, a vibrant workforce, and a variety of amenities has Kennedy’s people looking forward to this new chapter in our history.”

Kennedy Information was founded in 1970 in Fitzwilliam and originally served the management consulting and executive recruiting markets. Houder said the company was purchased in 1999 by Bloomberg BNA, headquartered in Washington D.C. Over the years, Houder said, the company has moved in and out of a variety of markets, including corporate recruiting, investor relations, corporate finance and the legal industry.

“We provide business intelligence across a variety of media — publications, live events, custom reports, everything but TV and radio,” he said.

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or danderson@ledgertranscript.com. He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.

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