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August 15, 2013

Kuster promotes jobs, research in Salem

SALEM — It was only 22 years ago that Corfin Industries — a growing local aerospace and defense contractor — opened for business with just a handful of employees.

Now, the Raymond Avenue company is up to 90 employees and doing business around the world, producing electronic components for everything from high-powered missiles to medical devices.

Expanding the federal government’s research and development tax credit program will help the company continue to prosper, according to Donald Tyler, Corfin’s managing director.

“That’s something we are going to take advantage of,” he said.

Tyler and other Corfin executives met with Congresswoman Annie Kuster, D-N.H., yesterday to see how they could work together to help make that happen.

“The R&D tax credit, for me, is trying to give American companies an innovative advantage to try and stay on the cutting edge,” Kuster said.

Kuster, who’s been visiting businesses across the state as part of her “Congress at Your Company” initiative, donned a light blue lab coat and toured the plant.

She touted the “Make it in America plan,” which promotes the adoption of a national manufacturing strategy and the export of U.S. goods.

The congresswoman told Tyler she supports efforts to make the research and tax credit permanent. She has backed a bill that would increase the tax credit from 14 to 17 percent.

Kuster emphasized the need to bolster the economy and ensure that New Hampshire companies have enough skilled workers to help high-technology firms such as Corfin continue to advance.

“The No. 1 focus in our offices as a member of Congress is jobs,” Kuster told Tyler. “Are you able to find employees that have the skillset you need?”

Tyler said it’s tough for his company to find workers who have the highly specialized skills his firm requires. That includes employees with a strong knowledge of robotics, metallurgy and electronics.

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