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New Hampshire

December 29, 2012

Maggie Hassan visits Salem manufacturing company

SALEM — Governor-elect Maggie Hassan made one of her first appearances in the region since being elected in November as she visited Corfin Industries on Raymond Avenue yesterday afternoon.

The appearance was part of Hassan’s “Innovate New Hampshire Tour,” in which she visits businesses to gather ideas about how to keep the state moving forward.

Corfin Managing Director Donald Tyler lead Hassan on the tour, showing her how the company manufactures defense materials to provide to companies like Raytheon. Hassan was particularly keyed in on how Corfin trains its approximately 90 employees. Tyler explained how Corfin offers tuition reimbursement and provides on-the-job training to further educate their employees.

“One of the things we are trying to focus on with the innovation plan is a skilled workforce,” Hassan said. “We are here to fill gaps because some employers have a tough time finding people.”

Hassan connected with Corfin through the department of resources and economic development. She has been visiting several manufacturing businesses throughout the state over the last few days.

“We have been listening to find out what kind of challenges they have and what kind of advantages they have,” Hassan said. “We want to make sure that we are fostering strategic relationships with businesses.”

Hassan started her day at Hypertherm, a metal cutting manufacturer in Lebanon. She then went to Claremont, where she participated in a roundtable meeting at River Valley Community College and went to the machine laboratory at Keene State before ending her day at Corfin.

Corfin not only provides materials to defense companies, but they also provide services to medical and telecommunications companies.

One of their main services is preventing tin whiskers, which can be responsible for failures in pacemakers, satellites and nuclear power plants.

Tyler said his employees were thrilled to have an end of week visit from the governor-elect.

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