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New Hampshire

March 25, 2014

Windham resident testifies about manufacturing revival

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Mills cautioned against talk about “jobs coming back,” which she argued is not quite accurate.

“Time doesn’t roll backward,” she said. “For U.S. manufacturing and its workforce, the world is much more competitive than it once was. Rather, incremental investment in American manufacturing may create new and different jobs. The broader benefit to U.S. employment — particularly lower-skill employment — will come from associated services, such as trucking, distribution, retail and banking.”

Kuster described Mills’s testimony as hitting on excellent points.

“Cynics from across the country like to say that the American manufacturing industry is dead,” Kuster said. “Here in the Granite State, that’s far from the truth.”

New Hampshire manufacturers are seeing technological breakthroughs and creating innovative products, she said.

Kuster said companies should be rewarded for bringing jobs back, not sending them away.

“I’ve urged the president to establish a manufacturing innovation institute in New Hampshire which would help simplify the manufacturing process, drive new ideas and spur economic growth,” Kuster said.

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